New Temple Inauguration: April 19-21, 2013

It is with great joy that we announce the inau­gu­ra­tion pro­gram of our new tem­ple, to take place dur­ing the week­end of April 19 to 21, 2013. The main wor­ship will be on Sat­ur­day April 20, the aus­pi­cious day of Ram-nava­mi, also the found­ing day of our cen­ter. The pro­gram will also spe­cial­ly cel­e­brate Swa­mi Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniver­sary. Monks and nuns from all our USA cen­ters are expect­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the cer­e­monies.

Program

Down­load the pro­gram in PDF for­mat here.

Fri­dayApril 19 (in the new tem­ple base­ment)
6 pmArati, med­i­ta­tion, and bha­jans
7 pmIntro­duc­tion: Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda
7:10 pmWel­come address: Swa­mi Sar­vade­vanan­da
7:30 pmSwa­mi Vivekananda—150 years and count­ing: Swa­mi Tya­ganan­da
7:45 pmBene­dic­to­ry Address: Swa­mi Tatha­gatanan­da
8 pmDin­ner
Sat­ur­dayApril 20
6 amMan­galarati, med­i­ta­tion, chant­i­ng (In the new tem­ple base­ment)
7:30 amBreak­fast
8:30 amPro­ces­sion, Rib­bon Cut­ting, enter­ing new shrine
9 am Puja & Homa: Swa­mi Tya­ganan­da
12:30 pmLunch
Sat­ur­day ses­sions mod­er­at­ed by Swa­mi Hari­na­manan­da
2 pmSes­sion 1: Swa­mi Vivekananda’s Prac­ti­cal Vedan­ta (Swamis Ish­tanan­da, Kri­pa­mayanan­da, Yuk­tat­manan­da)
3 pmSes­sion 2: Sci­ence and Reli­gion (Swamis Chetananan­da & Yogat­manan­da; Pr. Brahmaprana)
4 pmTea Break
5 pmRam­nam Sankir­tan
6 pmArati and med­i­ta­tion
7 pmSitar con­cert with Anu­pa­ma Bhag­wat, with Supreet Desh­pande on Tabla
8:30 pmDin­ner
Sun­dayApril 21
6 amMan­galarati, med­i­ta­tion, chant­i­ng
8 amBreak­fast
9 amPuja: Swa­mi Yogat­manan­da
Sun­day ses­sions mod­er­at­ed by Swa­mi Yogat­manan­da
10 amSes­sion 3: Vedan­ta, Vivek­a­nanda, and the West (Swamis Shan­taru­panan­da, Nir­malat­manan­da, Nish­pa­panan­da; Pr. Krish­naprana)
11 amTea break
11:30 amSes­sion 4: Bhak­ti Yoga—the Path of Devo­tion (Swamis Pra­pan­nanan­da & Ishat­manan­da; Pr. Prabud­dhaprana, Br. Shankara)
12:30 pmLunch
2 pmSes­sion 5: Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda & Sri Rama­kri­shna (Swamis Aparanan­da, Tattwa­mayanan­da, Avikaranan­da; Pr. Shud­dhatmaprana
3 pmInter­faith Pan­el: Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda & the Har­mo­ny of Reli­gions (Sis­ter Rose Mary Dougher­ty, Imam Faizul Khan, Bhante Pan­nawansa, Rab­bi Ethan Sei­del)
4 pmTea break
4:30 pmVocal con­cert with Kani­ka Pandey, with Anir­ban Roy Chow­dury on Tabla and and Rohan Prab­hude­sai on Har­mo­ni­um.
6 pmArati & med­i­ta­tion
7 pmHon­or­ing con­struc­tion team: Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda
7:20 pmClos­ing Address: Swa­mi Sar­vade­vanan­da
7:40 pmVote of thanks: Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda
8 pmDin­ner

Accomodations

A num­ber of hotels are avail­able in the vicin­i­ty of the Cen­ter. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the cen­ter will not be able to accom­mo­date guests dur­ing the func­tion.

The Thor­ough­bred Bed and Break­fast offers the clos­est accom­mo­da­tions, with­in ten min­utes dri­ve of the cen­ter. They have four rooms, each with attached bath­room, and a shared kitchen. Rooms are $100 and $110 per night.

Local hotels can be found via trav­el and hotel web­sites, like this one.

Travel

By car: see direc­tions here.

By Metro: The clos­est Metro sta­tion is Glen­mont, on the Red Line. Bus­es 26 and 49 come right by the cen­ter from the sta­tion. Check the Metro web­site for more routes.

By train and bus: Amtrak trains and Grey­hound bus­es stop in Sil­ver Spring. Oth­er dis­count bus­es go to Union Sta­tion in down­town Wash­ing­ton DC, which is on the Red Line.

By Air: Three air­ports serve the DC area: Bal­ti­more-Wash­ing­ton (BWI), Dulles (IAD), and Rea­gan Nation­al (DCA).

Parking

Our park­ing lot has space for about 90 vehi­cles, and we expect to exceed this capac­i­ty on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day.

  • We request our guests to car-pool as much as pos­si­ble to reduce the load on our park­ing facil­i­ties
  • We request young and able-bod­ied guests to park near­by, at the Win­ches­ter School, 3223 Bel Pre Road. We have per­mis­sion to use their lot, which will accom­mo­date about 15 vehi­cles.
  • Uni­formed park­ing atten­dants will direct guests to avail­able park­ing spots on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day.

Google park­ing map:

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