SRI ANNAPOORNESHWARI DEVI TEMPLE
We encourage you to support us in our efforts to actualize the design & construction of the Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi Mandir.
When completed, it will be the only South Indian carved granite Mandir in the Bahamas, and the spiritual focal point of our ashram.
Its completion will fulfill a vision of our founder Swami Vishnudevananda, and the temple will serve as a bridge between the physical and divine worlds.
In 1967, Swami Vishnudevananda sat in meditation on the undeveloped land of Paradise Island while the rising sun illuminated a large rock located just before him. Experiencing the serene energy of the verdant forest, power of the churning ocean waves, and warmth of the golden Caribbean sunlight, he envisioned the shining rock surrounded by a beautiful and lasting temple for Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi, the Hindu goddess of nourishment.
Within the temple, Swami Vishnudevananda foresaw people from all over the world inspired and joining together in satsang (a gathering in the company of the truth) to form an international community where self-inquiry and sadhana are experienced in peace and tranquility. Swami Vishnudevananda taught, as did his beloved Guru, Sri Swami Sivananda, that sadhana is the only true way to bliss, everlasting joy, love, and light.
Under the current leadership of our director, Swami Swaroopananda, our Paradise Island ashram and yoga retreat continues to expand and be recognized as a world center for contemplation, sadhana, non-denominational spiritual studies, yoga, and worship.
Within this context and to further the mission of Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Swaroopananda has commissioned the design of a Dravida-style carved granite temple. The temple will be a lasting testimony to Swami Vishnudevananda's South Indian heritage and teaching legacy, and also serve as a center for our Caribbean Hindu community to gather together in prayer.
As a world-class holy architectural monument, it will be a destination for pilgrimage, and an inspiration to spiritual aspirants.
This magnificent temple is under design by Dakshinamoorty Sthapati, Vedic Architect, Sculptor and Author. Dakshinamoorty Sthapati is renowned for his distinguished lineage as well as for his personal knowledge and expertise as a builder of temples according to the sacred & scientific principles of Vastu Shastra architecture. He has constructed many beautiful temples throughout India, Southeast Asia, Canada and Australia.
Temples built according to the mathematical and engineering principles of Vastu Shastra architecture concentrate positive energy from the electrical and magnetic waves of the four directions and five elements, and thus become bridges between heaven and earth. As the site for our temple is adjoined by the ocean bay, harmonious energy is particularly abundant according to these very principles.
Within this holy space, meditation becomes effortless as one’s soul/Atman merges with Brahman (the absolute and infinite source of all creation). Only when one’s thought waves are silenced can one experience the eternal bliss of one’s own true nature and abide in joy and everlasting happiness. This is the ultimate gift that Masters Sivananda and Vishnudevananda have sought to bestow upon us, and the Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi temple is a gateway.
The temple’s intricate granite architectural features and sculptures will be carved in India, transported by boat, and assembled at the building’s site by South Indian artisans under Dakshinamoorty Sthapati’s leadership. Local Bahamian engineering and architectural firms will ensure that the temple's foundation and structure is prepared and constructed in accordance with Bahamian building codes.
To maintain the temple's positive vibrational energy and continually sanctify the space within the structure, Vedic rituals & ceremonies will be preformed daily by our Priest, Krishnan Namboodri. We envision inviting additional priests to join him as we continue to expand our Hindu congregation and increase our number of Murtis.
To date, our temple includes the following Murtis: Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi, Sri Murugan, Sri Krishna, Sri Ganesha, Sri Durga, Sri Ganapathi, Sri Saraswati, Sri Shivalinga, Sri Navagraha, Sri Gurus Sivananda and Vishnudevananda, and the Divine Rock.
By contributing to the development and completion of the Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi temple, you will be part of manifesting a great spiritual intention. In addition, you may personally enjoy the peace of worship in a holy and consecrated temple while gaining the positive karmic energy that giving to charity generates.
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