Sri Ranganatha Temple Pomona NY
The idea of having an exclusive place of worship in the USA for Sriman Narayana had taken shape in August, 1985 at the birthday celebrations of the 44th Jeeyar of Sri Ahobila Mutt (His Holiness, Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar). Our beloved Founder Acharya commanded Dr. Venkat Kanumalla to build an exclusive temple in the USA for Shri Ranganayaki and Lord Sri Ranganatha to propagate the concept of Saranagati – Absolute Surrender to Lord Sriman Narayana.Sri Ranganatha Seva Samithi was registered in the state of NY on Oct 8, 1987. Soon after, Utsava Vigrahas of the present Sri Ranganatha, Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, Mahalakshmi and Andal prana pratishtha was performed at the Dasavatharam Sannidhi in Srirangam, India in the presence of the 44thJeeyar. These Vigrahas were air lifted to New York. For the next 12 years, the Divya Mangala Vigrahas blessed Venkat Kanumalla at his residence by having Daily Aradhana. During these 12 years, Venkat swamin and several dedicated volunteers reached out to the devotees to raise the much needed funds for the construction work to begin. 5 acres of land in Pomona, New York was acquired for building the temple.
The Temple follows the Visishtadvaita Philosophy as given by Bhagavad Sri Ramanujacharya, as elaborated by Sri NigamAntha Maha Desika and as currently followed by the Jeers of Sri Ahobila Mutt, India. ALL devotees, irrespective of their birth or current status have an equal opportunity to reach the Lotus Feet of the Lord in Sri Vaikuntham (Moksham) by following the path of SaraNagathi, or Absolute Surrender to Lord Sriman Narayana. For more details on SaraNagathi, please contact the Temple or Dr. Venkat Kanumalla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utsavams (Religious Festivals):
The Temple has grown considerably, through the Acharyas’ Grace, as well as the support of the ever growing number of devotees. Several utsavams (festivals) are being conducted in a , grand manner including Vaikunta Ekadasi, Panguni Uthiram, Grand Annual Bhramotsavam (over many days), Krishna Jayanthi, Rama Navami, Acharya birthdays, Deepavali, etc. Some of the Special Utsavams: Pushpa-Yagam (with thousands of jasmines, lotus, lily and many other exotic flowers, imported from India); Anna-Kuta utsavam with so many varieties of prasadams, Pavitrotsavam, Adhyayana-Ursavam and Sri Nammazhwar Moksham are enjoyed by all the devotees.