Hindu Temples of New York

The Vishwa Dharma Mandalam Hindu Temples in New York
Founder Acharya H.H Avadhuta Sri Ramakrishnananda Babaji Maharaja
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  • New Websites

    Posted on April 18th, 2013

    ramakrishnananda-prabhuji.com – Thoughts and reflections upon the teachings of H.H. Avadhuta Sri Ramakrishnananda Babaji Maharaja – Prabhuji.

    ramakrishnananda-inspiration.com - Ramakrishnananda Prabhuji Inspirational Website – Quotes, articles, poems and homages for H.H. Avadhuta Ramakrishnananda Prabhuji.

    ramakrishnananda-green.com - Ramakrishnananda Green is dedicated to explore the spiritual approach to environmental and social issues such as global warming, consumerism, and the like, in the light of the teachings of Prabhuji, H.H. Avadhuta Sri Ramakrishnananda Babaji Maharaj.

  • Weekly Abhishekams…

    Posted on January 9th, 2013

    We are now performing weekly abhishekams to the different aspects of Divinity on Tuesdays at our branch in Astoria, Queens. The puja will start at 8pm and end approximately at 9pm, followed by evening aarti and meditation. Keep updated about coming pujas and holidays by visiting our branch events calendar.

    Pujas for the up-coming month:

  • Diwali

    Posted on November 8th, 2012
    “We cannot fight against the darkness in the world. All that we can do is to try to conduct our actions from the light of consciousness. To light a candle is the real weapon against the darkness,against maya.”~Prabhuji


    You are welcome to light a candle with us


    The Festival of Lights


    Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 7 pm At our temple in Astoria, Queens

    In the program:

    • Discourse on Diwali’s significance
    • kirtan
    • Lakshmi puja
    • offering of light
    • and guided meditation.

    We hope to see you with us on this auspicious evening.


    Suggested donation: $21

    Bathe your deity of Goddess Lakshmi: $51 (bring your deity or purchase one at our store)

    Diwali, one of the major Hindu holidays, celebrates the conquest of the inner light of wisdom over the darkness of ignorance. The holiday commemorates many auspicious events including the appearance of Goddess Lakshmi on earth; the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodya after 14 years of exile; Lord Krishna’s defeat of the demon Narakasura; the lifting of Mount Govardhana by Lord Krishna and other important occurrences.

    During this 4-day holiday, devotees offer various pujas, while on the third day, which is considered the holiday’s main day, Goddess Lakshmi is honored and lamps of light are offered to the Divine. In India, people also place lamps at the entrance of their houses and on the roads.


    Personal Abhishekam:

    If you have a personal deity of Mother Lakshmi, you are invited to bring the deity along with you. The pujaris will perform and abhishekam (Vedic bathing ceremony) to her for a small donation of $51.

    Personal deities will also be available for purchase at a special holiday discount.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi

    Posted on September 6th, 2012

    “The worship of Lord Ganesha signifies placing the Divine before each and every one of our actions.” ~ Prabhuji

    You are heartily invited to attend the

    Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

    at the Prabhuji Sakshi Yoga Center.


    Ganesh Chaturthi is the appearance day of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God and Lord of auspicious beginnings who removes the obstacles from the way and bestows wisdom and prosperity. At the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebration, we will honor Ganesh with ecstatic kirtan chanting, tell his story and pastimes, offer him various items and holy mantras in a Vedic puja ceremony, and serve him laddus — the round sweets that he loves so much!

    Light Prasadam, or sanctified food, will be served.

    Where: Prabhuji Sakshi Yoga Center at 20-29 38th Street, Astoria, NY 11105

    When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:00 pm

    What to bring: You can bring fruit to offer to Ganesha.

    Suggested donation for the event: $21

    To read more about Lord Ganesh, click here.

    If you have a personal deity of Lord Ganesh- you are invited to bring him along. The pujaries will perform an abhishekam (bathing ceremony) to him for a small donation of $51. If you do not have a personal deity, you will be able to purchase one at the center.


    Special opportunity!

    To express your devotion to Lord Ganesh on his special day, you can choose any of the following options:

    Sponsor the entire puja – $108

    The sponsor will receive a special kalash (traditional jar) filled with charanamrita, which is the mixture of milk, honey, water, etc. that was used to bathe Lord Ganesha. This mixture emanates directly from the holy feet of Ganesha, and is blessed with Vedic mantras. It is considered very auspicious and a direct blessing from the Divine.

    Sponsor the Laddu offering – $51

    Laddus are round and very sweet balls that are especially favored by Lord Ganesh. Make this your offering! The laddu sponsor will receive a framed photo of Lord Ganesha as well as a printed recipe to make laddus at home! The offering will be served as prasadam to all the event participants.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Shankara Jayanti

    Posted on April 23rd, 2012

    Adi Shankara Jayanti is the celebration of the Appearance

    On this day we celebrate the great sage Adi Sankaracarya who lived about 2,500 years ago. Shankara is best known for consolidating the Vedantic system of thought known as Advaita Vedanta, or non-duality, which sees all beings as manifestations of the same one, non-dual reality of which God and the self are no different. Shankaras many writings were based on ideas found in the sacred Upanishads.

    Shankara was born to Shivaguru and Aryamba, a previously childless couple that was very pious and prayed to Lord Shiva in a 48-day ceremony, requesting a son. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared to them and gave the option of having either many dull sons or only one who will be highly intelligent but live for just a short time. The couple said the decision was His, and pleased with this reply, Lord Shiva was then born to them by the name of Shankara.   He learned to read and write by the age of three and by the time he was five years old, was initiated into brahmachari. Shankara was a remarkable scholar who mastered the Vedas by the time he was a mere eight years old.

    While still young, he persuaded his mother to allow him to take sannyas, to live a life of renunciation. With her permission, he left his home in Kerala and traveled towards northern India where he met his guru Govindapada, a disciple of Guadapada. Following the instruction of his guru, Shankara, who attracted many with his intelligence and kindness, traveled with his own disciples and propagated the Advaita philosophy.   Shankara supported this philosophy in many significant commentaries on sacred texts including the Brahma Sutra, Principal Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Before leaving his body at the young age of 32, he attained moksha.

    You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the auspicious day of Adi Shankara Jayanti

    In our program:

    • Puja for Lord Shiva
    • Kirtan (devotional chanting)

    Sponsor Lord Shiva Puja

    We have many opportunities for you to become part of our Vedic celebrations. Join us by helping to sponsor this holiday at the cost that is most fitting for you:

    • Sponsor – $108 Entire puja offered in your name
    • Supporter – $51 Ashtotram offered in your name
    • Participation – $11
  • Maha Shivaratri 2012

    Posted on January 29th, 2012

    o trayabaka yajamahe sugandhi pusi-vardhanam

    urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor muksīya ma mrtat

    O. I worship the three-eyed-one (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who perfectly nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death so that I may know immortality, even as a cucumber is released from its bondage (to the creeper).


    Join us for a night of chanting, meditation, and worship as we celebrate the Maha Shivaratri Festival, also known as the “The Great Night of Lord Shiva.” Shiva is the God of yoga and meditation, the deity of dance, the destroyer and transformer, and one of the Divine beings in the Hindu Trinity.

    Our program includes:

    ●       Shiva Puja, abhishekam: Worship ceremony and bathing of the Shiva Lingam deity

    ●       Shiva katha- A talk about the life and qualities of Lord Shiva

    ●       Pranayama and guided meditation

    ●       Instruction of Japa practice (A mantra meditation with prayer beads)

    ●       Rudraksha Alankar – Offering of Rudraksha malas (Prayer beads) to Lord Shiva

    ●       All night devotional chanting and kirtan, along with Japa practice of the “Om Namah Shivaya” mantra, one round every hour

    View the Event Page in our Astoria Hindu Temple

  • Diwali 2011 – Celebrate in the new Astoria temple – Queens New York

    Posted on September 28th, 2011


    Diwali, the festival of lights, perhaps the most known and celebrated of all Hindu Holidays.

    Like every year, we celebrate Diwali with a festive puja followed by offering of Ghee lamps. Join us on this auspicious day.

    For more information, visit the Ramakrishnananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Astoria – home to the new temple.

  • Celebrating Ganesh Chaturti in a New Temple!

    Posted on September 1st, 2011

    We are happy to announce the opening of our new branch in Queens, New York. The new branch is now the new home for Sri Sri Radha Krishna!

    We will have evening Arati every evening, and special pujas and holidays. Ganesh Chaturti will be the first auspicious event happening at our new center.

    You are welcomed to visit this new temple at:

    Ramakrishnananda Yoga Vedanta Center – Queens:

    20-29 38th street
    Queens, Astoria NY 11105

    Toll Free: 1-888-474-1218

    Email: info@ramakrishnananda.com

  • The Hindu temple is relocating

    Posted on August 4th, 2011

    To our friends, devotees and visitors, the Hindu temple founded by swami ramakrishnananda is moving to a new location. The temple at 96 avenue B is already closed, and we are currently finalizing on a new location.

    Please bare with us as we search, and check our websites regularly for updates.

  • Happy Guru Purnima

    Posted on July 14th, 2011

    The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima, an auspicious day to celebrate the guru.

    We celebrate guru Purnima in honor of our Guru – Swami Ramakrishnananda.

    Sri Vyasa

    Sri Vyasa

    Guru Purnima is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa, the guru of gurus and ‘father of our scriptures’. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.