Shobha Yatra Pictures - July 8th
Murti Pratistha Video - 2
Murti Pratistha Pictures - July 9th
Murti Pratistha Video - 1
Murti Pran Pratistha refers to the ceremony by which an idol is consecrated in a Hindu temple, where in hymns and mantra are recited to invite the deity to be resident quest, and the idol's eyes are opened for the first time. The ritual is considered to have infused life into the temple and brought numinous presence of divinity and spirituality to the temple. It also means "Bringing life to the temple"
Murti Pratistha event included grand re-opening ceremony for major structural upgrades of the temple and installation of nine deities carved from precious 'Makrana' marble stones, along with installation of Statue of Shree Jalaram Bapa. The event was attended by overflowing crowd of approximately 2500 devotees. Major expansion project costing upwards of $3.2 Million was started few years after foundation of Mandir. Trustees had to go back to drawing board for major expansion soon after the opening the doors of temple first time, as the facility had outgrown to accommodate ever increasing number of devotees and visitors. The Pran Pratistha ritual ceremony marked the high point of the Pooja and festivity and invocation ritual after this, the deity statues hence forth considered to have infused life into them or considered as consecrated.
This sacrament was performed by total of 11 high ranking Acharya's who had travelled from different parts of US. They were Sh. Anantbhai Dixit (Main Acharya) from Toledo OH, Jayeshbhai Pandya from Philadelphia, Manishbhai Trivedi from Cleveland OH, Janakbhai Joshi from Birmingham, AL, Yogeshkumar Joshi from Chicago, Mayurbhai Shastriji from Merryville IN, Kaushikbhai Joshi from Detroit MI, Rohitbhai Joshi from Chicago, Satishbhai Joshi from Chicago and Shree Jalaram Mandir Pujari Sh. Keyurbhai Sevak and Dharmendrabhai Pandya. In addition, event was performed under spiritual guidance of Shri Adhyatmanand Swamiji of Shivannd Ashram from Ahmedabad and Shri Rajendra Prasad Shastri from Bhavnagar, India.
The July 9th was recognized as the Shree Jalaram Day in State of IL by the governor, Mr. Bruce Rauner.