Place Category: Hindu Temples
Gayatri Gyan Mandir Itasca
Gayatri Gyan Mandir Itasca is established with the grace and blessing of pujya gurudev, the seer-saint, vedmoorti taponisth pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya at 5N371 Route 53(Rohlwing Rd.) Itasca, Illinois USA. It is the first gayatri mandir in North America affiliated to All World Gayatri Pariwar, Shantikunj Hardwar India.
The first Gayatri Shaktipeeth of North America inaugurated in Chicago by Dr Pranav Pandya The Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV), respected Dr. Pranav Pandyaji, today inaugurated the first Shaktipeeth – Gayatri Gyan temple in USA at Itasca, Illinois. A five foot beautiful white marble idol adorns the temple. The town of Itasca, located near Chicago, is privileged to have the first ever Shaktipeeth in entire North America under the auspices of All World Gayatri Pariwar Shantikunj Haridwar. During the grand inaugural ceremony, Dr. Pandya addressed about 1500 devotees and said that the Shaktipeeth was going to be the remarkable establishment for North American continent.
The Pran Prathistha was followed by an awesome Aarti.In the evening, there was a special lecture on Stress Management by Chancellor Dr Pandya which took place in the main auditorium of Quality Inn. The former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Keshubhai Patel was the chief guest at the program. There were about 70 industrialists, physicians, solicitors and scientists of Chicago among the audience at this program consisting of lecture and dinner. Rescpected Dr Pandya revealed a simple yet effective formula to safeguard against the stress arising from the current turmoil of economical slowdown in US. He dealt with the subject from medical, spiritual and psychological point of view and explained the causes and practical cures of stress employing the basic principles of Geeta. He recommended to adopt thoughts of his spiritual mentor Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya as a perfect solution to safeguard from stress and laid emphasis on maintaining mental balance in diverse situations of joy and sorrow, gain and loss, success and failure. He demonstrated simple and practical ways to implement the principles of Geeta, Yoga, Pranayam, meditation and diet control.
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