Pujas & Havans

The following samskaras are offered:

  • Vivaha-Samskara: Marriage (starting from $501 donation)
  • Antyesti-Kriya: Funeral Rites ($501 donation)
  • Grah Pravesh: House Warming (Contact us for details)
  • Garbhadhana: Conception (Contact us for details)
  • Pumsavana: Rites for Obtaining a Child (Contact us for details)
  • Simantonnayana: Parting of Wife’s Hair By Husband (Contact us for details)
  • Sosyanti-Homa: Rite Preceding Childbirth (Contact us for details)
  • Jata-Karma / Medha-Jana: Invocation of Child’s Good Intellect (Contact us for details)
  • Niskarmana: The Child’s First Outing (Contact us for details)
  • Paustika-Karma Samskara:  Offering for Child’s Health (Contact us for details)
  • Nama-Karana: Child’s Name-Giving Ceremony (Contact us for details)
  • Mundana: Cutting The First Hairs ($51 donation)
  • Anna-Prasana: First Food Grains ($51 donation)
  • Cuda-Karanam: First Hair Cut (Contact us for details)
  • Vidyarambha: Learning the Alphabet (Contact us for details)

Please note, traditionally for a sacrifice to be considered auspicious and complete, donations are to be made to both the priest and the temple.

“Any sacrifice performed without regard for the directions of scripture, without distribution of prasādam [spiritual food], without chanting of Vedic hymns and remunerations to the priests, and without faith is considered to be in the mode of ignorance.”

– Bhagavad Gita 17.13

Pujas & Havans

Samskaras are traditional sacramental ceremonies performed by qualified priests -usually within temples. It is valuable to perform Vedic Sacraments in the Temple because the Lord is particularly present in His installed Murti, or Divine Form. However, some ceremonies are best performed at home, either for the comfort of family members, or to purify the dwelling. Vedic Sacraments are highly beneficial, sanctifying and increasing auspicious influences. They help one to progress peacefully in life to the ultimate goal -attaining the Absolute Truth- by smoothing the path of spiritual progress. Samskaras rectify and sanctify relationships between family and friends, parents and children, husband and wife. They drive away ill influences and attract the blessings of saintly Vaisnavas. Most importantly, Vedic Sacraments provide a ceremonial focus for the yuga dharma, the chanting of the names of God. Vedic Sacraments are performed at particular times during life and are considered rites of passage. They purify the body and soul and prepare one for devotional service to God by invoking auspicious qualities for those who perform them. They are performed for the benefit of both the individual and the family.