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Hindu Temple at Wembley in United Kingdom - Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir at Ealing Road in North West London

Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir, the new HinduTemple at Wembley (at Ealing Road north-west London) in United Kingdom, opened on May 31, 2010. The temple which took nearly 14 years to complete is believed to have cost more than £16m. The temple has been built using the ancient temple architecture methods mentioned in the temple building scriptures associated with Hinduism.Majority of the portion of temple are hand carved in limestone. The hand carving was done at SolaTown in Gujarat, India. The hand carved pieces were transported to England and was pieced together at Wembley. The temple houses 41 hand carved Hindu deities all made in pure marble. The temple has murtis of all the important deities in Hinduism including Shiva, Sita Ram, Srinathji, Radha Krishna, Ambaji, Ganesha, Hanuman, Mahadevi or Durga and Tirupati Balaji.You can find more details about the Hindu Temple at Wembley here at the official website.

Banashankari Kuladharma

Banashankari Kula Dharma is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Banashankari and is observed mainly by certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Banashankari Kuladharma 2018 date is May 14.

Goddess Banashankari is also known as Vanashankari or Shakhambari or Banadevi and is mainly worshipped in regions of Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra. The word Banashankari is derived from ‘Ban or Van’ meaning ‘forest’ and ‘Shankari’ meaning ‘the consort of Lord Shiva.’

This particular observance dedicated to Goddess Banashankari is observed on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Vaisakh month as per traditional Kannada calendar.

Special pujas and rituals are observed by families that have Goddess Banashankari as their family deity on the day.

According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasura at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka. Banashankari Devi was also said to be worshiped by mighty Chalukyas as their Kuladevi.


Swami Sivananda Thoughts on Sadhana

A goldsmith converts impure gold into pure gold by adding acids and burning it several times in the crucible. Even so you will have to purify your impure mind and body by constant Sadhana.A man entered his room when it was dark. He wanted to take his torch light which he knew was in the room. He began to search for it. He tumbled over many things; he knocked his head here and there. Lo! The torch light is in his grasp now. Instantly the darkness vanishes and he is able to move about in the room with freedom and ease.A Sadhaka enters the dark caverns of his inner self, where he knows the Light of the Self lies. During his search he seems to stumble and fall, and knock his head here and there. At last the moment arrives—the great Moment of moments -and the light is within his grasp. Instantly ignorance vanishes. The Light of the Self is upon his soul. No more struggle; no more trouble. He moves about freely as a Jivanmukta.Swami SivanandaYou may also like to read Swami Sivananda Thought…