Feb 28

Mahashivratri Celebrations

Maine Hindu Temple (MHT) is celebrating auspicious Mahashivratrion Monday, the March 7th and Monday happens to be dedicated to Lord Shiva and the celebration continues from Monday, March 7th through Wednesday, March 9th.

Mahashivratri is popularly known as the night of Lord Siva and the most auspicious day dedicated to prayers and contemplation. When Lord Shiva is worshipped there is joy all around and the bliss is achieved through Brahman realization during that time Lord Shiva is seen in all animate and inanimate. Planetary position aligns in such a way, on Mahashivratri night, it naturally creates an upsurge of energy in the human system. For that reason traditionally it is known to be beneficial both physically and spiritually to stay awake and aware through the night.

Courtesy: Isha Temple

Program Details:
March 7, 2015 – Monday (Mahashivratriday)

Abhishekam is performed during 4 prahar’s (kaala/times).

  • First Abhishekam starts at 6:03 pm
  • Second Abhishekam starts at 9.10 pm
  • Third Abhishekam starts at 12:18 am (Tuesday early hours)
  • Fourth Abhishekam starts at 3:26 am (Tuesday early hours)

MHT appreciates if all the sponsors come in a traditional attire and all devotees can sing Lord Shiva Bhajans throughout the night.

March 8 and 9 (Mahashivratrifollow up Abhishekam)

  • Abhishekam and Lord Shiva Bhajans between 6 and 7.30

Abhishekam for all prahar   :        $51.00
Single Abhishekam            :        $15.00

Mahashivratri Abhishekam is done with panchamrutham using Milk, Ghee, Curd, Honey, and Coconut Water to please Lord Siva. All devotees are requested to bring Milk, Sugar, Ghee, Honey, Water, Flowers and variety of Fruits. We need volunteers for celebrating Mahashivratri, so please contact MHT or come forward on this Thursday (March 3rd) to discuss the event in details.

Please sign up for the Mahashivratri event by sending an email to info@mainehindutemple.orgeither for volunteering or sponsoring the event. Thank you again for your continued support.

MHT Board

Dec 27

Lord Panchmukhi Ganesha Prana Pratishtha

Maine Hindu Temple invites community with family and friends to celebrate Lord Panchmukhi Ganesha Prana Pratishtha celebration, which is a final step of consecrating Lord Panchmukhi Ganesha in MHT. The Prana Pratishtha celebration is taking place on Saturday, 9th Jan 2016 from 10.30 am until 1.30 pm. Shri Lakshmanan Shashtri will perform the Prana Pratishtha, a rite by which idol Panchmukhi Ganesha is consecrated in the Maine Hindu temple, wherein hymns and mantra are recited to invite the deity to be a resident guest, and bring the numinous presence of divinity and spirituality, as well infuse life into the temple. Sponsorship is welcome and the community members are encouraged to receive divine’s blessing by the sponsorship and participations.

Lord Panchmukhi Ganesha Prana Pratishtha Program details:

  • 10.30 – 12.00 : Ganpathy pooja followed by punyaha vachanam followed by kalasa sthapan and 16 upachara pooja, ankurarpanam,  pratisara bandhan, raksha bandham, mrtsangrahanam, Moola mantra  homam/havan, panchagavya melan, pachangavya suddhi and Bimba suddhi followed naadi sandhan, nedronmeelan, sparsharhuti, maha purnasuti, kalasodyapam
  • 12.00 – 12.15 Prana Pratishtha
  • 12.15 – 1.30  Maha abishekam

All the community members are encouraged to participate in Lord Panchmukhi Ganesha Prana Pratishtha and bring flowers and Prasad for the grand event. We are looking forward to seeing you at Prana Pratishtha.

We need volunteers to help us with the events. If anyone is interested, please let us know or come down to the preparation meeting that we plan to host just after Thursday (1/7/16) Bhajan.

Thank you again for your continued support!

MHT Board

Dec 19

Matching Funds and Year-end Donations

On behalf of MHT board, I would like to thank all the donors for your contribution in the year 2015.  All your financial support helps MHT to continue in its mission to operate and develop Hindu Temple in our community.

I am delighted to share the great news that an anonymous donor and a great supporter of MHT donated $10,000 towards rehabilitating MHT assets and improvising services. MHT needs your help to reach our fundraising efforts!  If anyone is interested in making a donation, please contact MHT board members or drop off your donations during MHT opening hours. As a donor, this is a great opportunity to earn divine blessings while saving on taxes. MHT Board members are already committed to join the matching donation.

This is a very noble cause, please pledge as soon as possible and spread the word to MHT community. As you all know, MHT is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax under category 501(c) (3) and all donations are tax-deductible. Please contact your tax consultant for any further advice as an individual situation may vary.

Any year-end donations may please be made before the end of this year 2015, which is just two weeks away. The generous support of individuals like you makes it possible for MHT to exist and to make the temple a great worship place.

If you would like additional information about MHT, you can visit MHT website http://wwwmainehindutemple.org or email info@mainehindutemple.org or call (207) 370-0475.

Thank you again for your continued support!

MHT Treasurer