19- 09- 2007

01. Celebration of Kumbhabhishekam of BHCT Temple (Balaji Temple) in Botswana ( Our Hony., Reporter M.Selvaraaj Prabu)

Botswana: Botswana Hindu Charities Trust (BHCT) has built a Hindu Temple in Gaborone, Botswana, in the classical South Indian architectural style. This Temple is one of its kinds in the Southern African region and became a cultural attraction in Gaborone, after earning the people’s admiration for the architectural and the sculptural beauty. The Temple has cost over Rs. 2 crores up to this stage.

The Temple has 10 Sanctum Santorum to house Lord Balaji and his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi as the presiding deity, Lord Ganesha, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Siva, Matha Vaishnodevi, Lord Ayyapa, Lord Muruga and Navagrahas. All Mulavar vigrahas and Utsav Murthies were imported from India. The doors for Maha Mandap and Rajagopuram were made and imported from Kerala. 

The doors of Maha Mandap depicts the scenes from Krishna Leela and the doors of Raja Gopuram depicts the Dasa Avathars. The carvings on these doors were so beautiful and competing with the sculptural beauty of the temple.

The Kumbhabhishekam of this temple has been performed on Sunday 16th September as planned. In fact the ceremonies started on 9th September and concluded with Kumbhabhishekam.

There were ten Kalasams installed and ten priests from India, Dubai and Gaborone were performing all related poojas. First Shri. Varatharaja Bhatter (Senior Preist, BHCT Temple) performed the abishekam for the five Kalasams atop of the Raja Gopuram. A crane was used since the Raja Gopuram was about 50 feet tall. Afterwards Abishekam for all other Kalasams atop of other Sanctum Santorum were performed.

Mr. Vishnu Hade, The High Commissioner of India for Botswana graced the occasion. Mr. Manhar Mooney released a souvenir in commemoration of the Kumbhabhishekam.

 

02. Visit of the President of Botswana to New Hindu Temple ( Our Hony., Reporter M.Selvaraaj Prabu)

Botswana: Botswana Hindu Charities Trust (BHCT) has been in the process of building a Hindu Temple for the past 4 years, in the classical South Indian architectural style, which is prevalent in southern part of India for centuries. With the support of the community at large, the Temple is almost completed in the coming months.

 This Temple is one of its kinds in the Southern African region and is definitely expected to be a cultural attraction in Gaborone, after earning the people’s admiration for the architectural and the sculptural beauty. The Temple has cost over P 3 million up to this stage.

The Temple has 10 Sanctum Santorum to house various Hindu deities and a big hall to accommodate the devotees for prayers. The Temple complex has an ablution block, priest quarters and a small office. In addition, the Temple has a 50 feet tall structure that is called "Raja Gopuram" through which the devotees will have access to the Temple.

BHCT will undertake the pending works like dining hall cum community kitchen, compound wall, main entrance arch, landscaping and flower garden and some finishing works in the near future.

His Excellency, President of Botswana visited the Temple with his entourage. A special prayer was conducted in his honour and for the welfare of the Botswana. Later President went around the temple and admired the architectural and sculptural work of the temple. The President was introduced to the BHCT committee members, the Artisans who did the embellishement and the wooden door work. The Priests were also introduced. A small momento (a replica of a Hindu Temple) was presented to the President.

Botswana Hindu Charities Trust plans to get involved in the community services for the benefit of needy community in Botswana, once the construction work of the Temple is complete in all respect, said Project Coordinator and Trustee K.J.Bakthavathsalu

13- 09- 2007

01. Krishna Janmastami in Botswana ( Our Hony., Reporter M.Selvaraaj Prabu )

Botswana: Botswana Hindu Society celebrated Krishna Janmastami in a grand manner in Gaborone, Botswana at Hindu Hall. The function contained various programmes such as Bharathanatiyam, drama about "Sudhama and Krishna", classical dances about Krishna. Various organizations including Sri Sathya Sai centre, ISKCON participated and contributed the programmes. The main attraction of this function is that the way the prayer hall is decorated. The prayer hall was decorated very nicely like Bal Krishna was in a swing (Oonjal) and surroundned by coloured lightings and a small pool. It was looking like Brindhavan. All the devottes offered their pranams to Bal Krishna and got blessings. Children were delighted to sway the swing, as if they are in the swing along with Bal Krishna.The programme finished with Arathi and followed by Prasadam.

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