Sri Swamiji made a historic & first ever Hanuman temple Pratishtha in London Ashrama on the 12th September 2016 at 9.49 AM.
On 9th September, Pujya Sri Swamiji inaugurated the Pratishtha Yaga Shala in Ashrama premises. Pujya Sri Swamiji then inaugurated the renovated Datta Yoga Center’s new hall & temple complex. The newly renovated hall can seat over 500 people. The hall has the main shrine of Marakata Karya Siddhi Hanuman with Sri Ram Parivar and pure crystal Shiva Lingam. This shrine is flanked by the shrines of Maha Ganapathy & Dattatreya. Shrines Durga mata, Radha Krishna & an ancient Datta idol worshipped by Rangavadhoot Maharaj.
The temple complex has been very elegantly constructed in Burma teak wood in Gujarat style by expert temple carvers from Ahmedabad. Pujya Sri Swamiji appreciated the grand wooden carvings as "Magnificent & First ever wooden temple in Datta Peetham’s history". The imposing wooden gopuram has motifs of vanaras, birds and other architectural elements. There are two entrances to the temple venue. The main east facing door exclusively for the use of Pujya Sri Swamiji has elaborate ravings of instances from Ramayana. The second entrance door has carvings of Dashavatara themes, Surya & Chandra.
On the auspicious day of 12th September 2016, Pujya Sri Swamiji installed Yantras on the base of idols from 9.30 AM onwards. After Sri Chakra Puja, Sri Swamiji performed Maya Purnahuti of the Pratishtha rituals in Yaga Shala. The Sacred Kalashas which were worshipped for three days were removed. Sri Swamiji carried the main Hanuman Kalasha from Yaga Shala to the new temple. Sri Swamiji performed the Kumbha Abhisheka to the beautiful Marakata Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti.
This Marakata Hanuman was the first ever idol to be carved many years ago and was in Pujya Sri Swamiji’s Guru Nilaya Puja room for several years. Later, this Marakata Hanuman had adorned the gold Audumbara Simhasana in Mysore Ashrama prayer hall and now finally Sri Swamiji permanently installed it in London. While Sri Swamiji performed Kumbhabhisheka of Hanuman and crystal Shiva Lingam, simultaneously other deities too received Samprokshana from priests. With this the historic event of first ever Hanuman temple in Europe was installed by Pujya Sri Swamiji
Tvamasmin Karya Niryoge Pramaanam Harisattama - Hanuman Yatna Maasthaya Dukha Kshaya Karo Bhava
Swami Sahaja Datta Pada, Mysore
"Swamiji, you give so many things to your devotees, how come you never give me anything?"
He looked at me and said in the most compassionate voice, "I don't give you anything, for I have kept you in my heart"
Swamy Vishnudatta Padarenu, Russia
Sri Swamiji addressed me by my name, Varada Raja, greeted me, allowed me to do Namaskaram, and then began speaking with me as though He had known me for several years....
Mysore Patrike Venkatramu
"I bless all those who come to me irrespective of their caste or religion. If a Christian comes to me I tell him to believe in Jesus and continue to have faith in his own religion. Likewise, if a Muslim comes to me I stress upon the importance of being a good Muslim and follow his own faith..."
S Dwarkanath, Mysore
"Your friend Satyanarayana has become a Swamiji, I went and paid my respects, you also go and do the same", I did not pay any attention to this talk so she hit me on the head....
C S Venkatesh, Bangalore
"Wherever you work, as a clerk or an engineer, be honest and sincere and pray to God and your Guru. You will come out good in life".....
Krishan Kumar, Mysore
Then He took me to His room and showed me a map of India, showing certain places saying that He wanted to go there. "Will you take me? Will you take me?"....
"Don't worry; Sri Swamiji will take care." I realized at that moment that he was answering my thoughts. He knows everything for He is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. He is my master.....