LOWELL, MA—The Swaminarayan Temple Lowell, which is part of the International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization, is hosting its week-long 10th Patotsav celebrations Aug. 13 through Aug. 20 at the temple premises in Lowell, MA.
Patotsav is a traditional sacred ritual that celebrates the anniversaries of murti-consecration (Prana Pratishtha). In essence, Patotsav is a re-consecration ceremony, re-invoking Paramatma. This stems from the belief that during the whole year, the murtis lose some divinity.
His Holiness Acharya Shree Koshalendraprasadji performed the grand Murti Pratistha of Boston’s Temple on August 20th, 2006. The new temple is located at 1705 Middlesex Street in Lowell. It sits on 3-acre land with more than 200 car parking in the heart of and in close proximity to the Indian community.
The temple has living quarters for priests and contains state-of-the-art lighting and audio system along with a gym, library, classrooms, and a commercial size kitchen, according to the temple’s website. In addition, the facility has a huge banquet hall that can seat more than 500 people on table and chairs. The hall is used to conduct social, cultural, educational, humanitarian activities plus youth camps.
ISSO is a national charitable organization that builds, looks after and advances the Nar Narayan Dev satsang outside of India. Its prime objective is “to advance the Sanatan Dharma, in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Sahajanand Swami.
Here is the Patotsav schedule: