Hindu Temple Of Virginia
Hindu Temple of Virginia (HTVA) is a dream project of two priest brothers, They have been in the service of Lord for many long years and are rendering expert priestly services to the Hindu community for the last 20 years. Many of our gurus who believed in ‘Sanathana Dharma’ had followed the Vedic practices thoroughly. They taught and trained many young disciples in Aagamas and Vedas and thus they passed on the treasure of knowledge to the next generations. It was a gigantic task and they accomplished it with due devotion and dedication. They preferred temples as the main centers for these activities.
HTVA too follows the same ideology as laid down by our Jagadgurus and focuses on training able kids and adults in our Sasthras and scriptures and helping in molding perfect Agama pundits.
The Prime Principles of HTVA are:
1. We intend to distribute free Prasadam.
2. We provide only Satwik prasadam in the temple premises.
3. We plan to stick to the same principles while allowing family functions in the premises.
4. We follow Sri Paancharatra Agama for all rituals.
5. We encourage our next generations to follow our culture and traditions.
6. We believe our Saasthras to the core. Our temple bye-laws are framed based on our Saasthras.
Let us dwell deep what a temple symbolizes…
It is like a human body. If we observe the temple structure from top to bottom: The Lord’s feet are the feet. Garbhagriham is like the heart. Somasuthram is like pureeshamaargam. Shikharam is the neck. Kalasam is the shikha (Hair). The God inside the garbhagruham (sanctum sanctorum) is the antharathma (antharyami) or Paramathma who is the Bhagavan.
Archamoorthy worship aims at basically seeking out the antharaathma. Many sages who did penance for thousands of years could not attain Paramathma who controls them from within. But they could realize the Lord by worshipping His ArchaSwaroopam (idol form of god) sincerely. One can obtain salvation without any hardships by worshipping the Lord in his archa form. That is the compassion of Lord. He shows simpler ways to reach him at all times. So let us all worship Lord Sri Venkateswara in HTVA and fulfill our wishes.
VEN means “sin” and KATA means “remover”. The remover of the sins of living beings is Lord Sri “Venkateswara”. HTVA is dedicating its organization at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Venkateswara. Our presiding deity of HTVA is Sri Venkateswara. Some points which prompted us to have Sri Venkateswara as our presiding deity are as follows:
Sri Venkateswara has acquired unique sanctity in Indian religious lore. The Sastras, Puranas, SthalaMahathyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping VenkataNayaka or Sri Venkateswara. The benefits acquired by a pilgrimage to Srinivasa are mentioned in the Rig Veda and AshtadasaPuranas. In the epics, Sri Venkateswara is described as the great bestower of boons. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of Lord Sri Venkateshwara. Sri VenkatachalaMahathmyam is referred to in several Puranas, of which the most important are the VarahaPurana and the BhavishyottaraPurana.
This Sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located in the beautiful VA amidst many devoted Hindu families.