Atlanta sources have reported that all the deities in the Balaji and Siva Temples wore a dazzling look in their ornate fineries and colorful garlands. The priests cheerfully and reverently performed Suprabhatam, Siva abhisekham and Lord nataraja abhisekham, followed with Arudra darshan and then half-hourly archanas throughout the day, blessing all the devotees who came to offer their prayers.
Meanwhile throughout the day, both temples echoed with soul-soothing prayers, chanting of slokas, and devotional songs. Around 11 a.m. Moreover priest Sri Muralikrishna performed a pooja ceremony inside the auditorium, chanting slokas and conferring his blessings for the New Year to the vendors.
Further as the day progressed, more and more
devotees arrived inside the two temples and after offering prayers, went around
visiting and shopping at the HTA gift shop and also at various booths inside
the auditorium, which were selling Indian apparel, household appliances and
gadgets, jewelry, beads, devotional music CDs and DVDs.
PM Narendra Modi will award medals to winners of 'Bharat Ko Janiye' quiz on January 22 New Delhi sources stated that Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will award medals to the winners of the 'Bharat Ko Janiye' quiz on January 22 during the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas celebration in Varanasi. Meanwhile the winners will also visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, she said. The quiz, conducted by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), seeks to motivate overseas Indian youth to enhance their knowledge about India and connect with their roots.
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