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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Houston
1150 Brand Lane, Stafford, TX 77477 | 281.765.2277
Mandir ConstructionThe Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston was created through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The story of its establishment includes the quarrying of the stones, transportation, carving, fund-raising, and volunteerism. From conception to completion, the mandir is a demonstration of divine grace and the spirit of devotees.
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Murti Pratishthã Ceremony
With all preparations complete, the day of the Murti-Pratishthã ceremony arrived - Sunday, July 25th, 2004.
The scriptures implicitly say that whilst it is important that the murtis be consecrated by performing the correct rituals, it is more important that they are consecrated by a person who is himself the receptacle for God's unlimited grace. Such a God-realized sãdhu is to be asked to perform the rituals, and it is when he asks God to enter the Murtis and specially become accessible that God cannot refuse.
The murti of Akshar Purushottam Mahãrãj and other deities were ritually consecrated by Pramukh Swãmi Mahãrãj.
The “Prãn Pratishtha” ceremony is a festival celebrated for several days leading up to the actual event. A special yagna was held prior to this event in which special prayers for world peace took place.
A Nagar Yãtrã or grand procession was carried out through the city the day before the installation ceremony. Over 2,000 devotees participated in the procession which involved a display of Indian culture via. Folk dances, music, and floats.