Construction on Brock Road in Pickering and Entrance to Devi Mandir
Please be advised that the main entrance to the Devi Mandir is accessible from Brock Road. However, drivers are asked to exercise caution for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers when entering the Mandir.
For your information, the Region of Durham’s Work department is replacing a water-main which resulted in a reduction to two lanes in the roadway. Work includes full road reconstruction, intersection improvements, watermain and sewer work.
On Saturday November 7, 2015 the Devi Mandir hosted our Annual Diwali Mela featuring local talent from within the Devi Mandir as well as the surrounding community. The Mela featured cultural entertainment, classical dances and for the second year in a row there was a family photobooth where families were encouraged to dress their best and have a Diwali Family photo taken that they could share with their friends and family. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by over attendees who came out to support the event.
A sincerest thank you to everyone involved on making our Diwali Mela 2015 a wonderful experience. The decorations, performances, the music, the food and all the volunteers who prepared the hall before and those who cleaned after truly made this a wonderful experience.None of this is possible without everyone being involved and contributing in their own special way.
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Jai Mata Di! The cold weather came in suddenly on Saturday ushering a reminder that winter is on it's way. Despite the drop in temperature, devotees of the Devi Mandir braved the cold weather to perform Lalita Devi Puja and Havan on Sunday October 18, 2015. In previous years, the Mandir's Annual Outdoor Havan was made challenging due to inclement weather but this year, a crew of dedicated volunteers ensured that the Havan would be able to continue.
The morning started off cold, but as puja commenced and Agni Devta was invoked by Pandit Damodar Sharma ji, all feelings of the cold disappeared as everyone's focus turned towards performing puja and calming the ever agitated mind.
Lalita is another name for Divine Mother, meaning Beautiful, Playful, and Beloved. She is Beautiful, because there is no other vision to compare with the Divinity of Existence. She is Playful, because all that we perceive is part of God’s drama. She is Beloved, because the Love of God is pure.
Lalita also means: She who orders and organizes Creation. She orders all of the karma of creation. All actions are authorized by Her, and everything we do is for Her, whether we know it or not.
When She approves actions, She gives the fruit of righteous conduct. When we stray from the path of dharma, She immediately sends us conflict and confusion. Our compassionate Divine Mother grants us the fruit of our actions, and thus, we learn which actions will bring us closer to Her.
Thank you to all the devotees who made this a very special occasion! Jai Mata Di!
Thank you to all the families, friends and devotees for coming out in such large numbers to our Ganesh Visarjan 2015. With close to 400 people in attendance, this celebration has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. Hindus from around the world have gathered at the Devi Mandir to celebrate this beautiful occasion. May Bhagwan Sri Ganesh bless you and your family with continues strength and may all your obstacles be removed.
On Saturday June 6, 2015, the Devi Mandir celebrated its 7th Annual Baal Vikaas Celebration. This annual event marks the culmination of year's worth of Hindu education at the Devi Mandir celebrating the achievements of over 60 children who attend the Baal Vikaas classes. Many thanks to all the parents, guardians, friends and relatives who supported this event and contributed to the evening's success. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated to make the evening a suceess and in particular to the team of Baal Vikaas teachers who dedicate their time every Sunday to teaching our Mandir children the basic tenets of Hinduism and its philosophy. Special thanks to Avinash Rambharack, Devi Dyal, Shawn Binda, Natasha Seeram and Kevin Balkaran for doing an outstanding job with these classes!