Religious Services offered by Devi Mandir
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Need a pujas ceremony performed? Interested in getting married? Are you looking for a Hindu name for your child?
The Devi Mandir is here to serve your every need; from performing a wedding ceremony to conducting the funeral rites of a loved one our Pandits are fully trained and qualified to conduct any religious ceremony that you may desire.
Below is a listing of some of the services
Samaskaras are the Hindu rituals or rites that each individual performs during different stages of their life.
The pundits of the DEVI MANDIR are here to perform the following Samaskaras:
- Namakarana (naming the child)
- Niskramana (child is brought out of house)
- Annaprashana (first feeding of food)
- Chudakarma (first cutting of the hair)
- Karnavedha (piercing the ears )
- Upanayana (investiture of Sacred Thread)
- Vivaha Samskara (marriage ceremony)
- Antyeshti (funeral)
Pujas can be performed throughout the year for any devotee wishing to do so. If you have a Graha and are in need of spiritual Guidance, the DEVI MANDIR is more than willing to help. Below is a short list of some of the Pujas conducted by the Pandits of the Devi Mandir. For further enquiries, please click here
- Graha Puja
- Durga Puja, Shiva Puja,Saraswati Puja,Lakshmi puja etc.
- Blessing of a home
- Opening of a new business
- Blessing of a car and MUCH, MUCH MORE!)
The DEVI MANDIR Kirtan Mandali, is there to provide music for any of your religious functions.
The Kirtan Mandali is capable of performing in the following functions:
- Mataji Chowkis
- Mataji Jagrans
- Sundar Kand Paath
- Bhajan Malas
If you desire any of these services please do not hesitate to contact the Mandir for further information.
Report from Board of Directors
I am very pleased to present to you the Report of your Board of Directors. We have had a very successful year. Our Composition of the BOD is as follows:
Chair - Vishnu Sookar
Vice Chair - Nisha Sharma
Secretary - Mary Rampersad
Treasurer - Randolp Singh
Director for Fundraising - Basil Punit
Director of Facilities - Krishna Doolsingh
In April 2016, one of our Directors Ashton Jagdeo resigned from his position as Director. The Board filled the vacancy as per section 5.08 of our by-laws - which states that the Board of Directors may fill any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors for the remainder of the term by appointment. The Board appointed Janack Persaud as Director of Finance, as there was a need to obtain the expertise to look after the multiple lists of issues in our Finance area that we inherited. We needed to have a dedicated director to overseer the cash functions due to this high risk area and multiple complaints brought up at previous members' meeting with respect to cash controls. As you have heard Janack stepped into the role and successfully fulfilled the duties and responsibilities - putting an end to any accusations or leakages or non-compliance issues.
June 25, 2017 Member's meeting
■ Financial Position - the previous administration as at Feb. 28, 2016
■ Financial Position - the current administration from March 1, 2016 o May 31, 2017.
■ Financial Information & Audited Statements - Comparison years 2013 - 2016
■ Operations & Q1 update for 2017
Financial Position - the previous administration as at Feb. 28, 2016
As of February 28, 2016, the financial health of the Mandir was as follows:
■ Please note that legal expenses incurred by the previous board were for the periods January 1, 2014 up to February 29, 2016 in the amount of $177, 567. Please note that an amount of $27,630 for legal fees was also incurred in fiscal year 2013. So a total of $205,197 of your donations in legal fees spent for 2013 to February 29, 2016.
■ In March of 2014, there was a management decision made by the previous board to increase the mortgage from $178,098 to $319,064 @ a 4.2% locked in interest rate. This was done to obtain a loan of $140,966. Out of this loan amount, $70,000 was placed in a locked GIC and the balance of $70,966 was used to pay the legal fees incurred in FY 2013 & 2014 & members' loans of $43,000 to the Directors and an Officer at that time. In order to obtain this refinancing arrangement, the previous board placed the Mandir's property as security collateral for $1.6 million to obtain the loan of $140, 966.