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Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Temple, Nairobi

May 30,2008 

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Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Temple, the divine abode of Lord Vishnu in Nairobi, Kenya is perched on the first floor of a two tired flat, consisting of a Garbhagriha at central Brahmasthana of the Temple layout, which measures 46'.11' x 30'.6' and perambulatory passage around the shrine. The Brahmasthana proper, on which the main sanctum is located, measures 9'.8¼'x 9.8¼'.

The exact measure of the Garbhagriha at the thinnest part, that is, from end to end of the wall is 9'.77/8'. This is actually the Brahmasthana of the complex. The measure is derived and taken as the wavelength of the principal donor and that of the main deity. The energy waves emanating from the interior of the sanctum will have enormous positive effect on the temple goers irrespective of caste, creed or colour. This temple would ensure and enhance the spiritual power of an individual standing in front of the Sannidhi (Divine presence), the main opening of the sanctum. This energy would permeate the entire complex of the temple. Actually the benefit that is derived by one and all is this and thus it is considered as the temple of universal appeal.

The Hindu tradition has identified two-fold manifestations of the basic and fundamental energy of the whole universe – the Supreme Brahman-, the two manifestations being, the Space and the Earth. It has been so conceived that the image of Lord Shiva is the embodiment of this subtle Space, called Vaastu Purusha and Lord Vishnu to be the embodiment of the gross Earth, called Vaastu Purusha. That is to say, Lord Shiva is the unmanifest subtle energy and lord Vishnu that of manifest gross energy. As Lord Vishnu is the energy contained in the earth and the worldly objects including us, the invocation of this Vaastu Purusha or Bhoomi Purusha has been in vogue from time immemorial, for the attainment of all the pleasures and blissfulness of worldly life.

The space of the main sanctum measuring 9'.77/8' is equal to the musical rhythm and the effect of it on human system will be for promotion of physical welfare and spiritual well being. This dynamics of the main sanctum is the secret behind Hindu Temple form and hence this pattern of temple is repeated everywhere in the Indian sub-continent. I am very happy to say that this tradition is brought to African shores, so that the Africans and Indians, living in this part of the country may also share the peace and prosperity enjoyed by the Indians from time immemorial. I would say that historically this culture has had its origin in the ancient Jamboo Dweepa, a big island connecting the present India and Madagascar that is South Africa.

This temple of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Temple has come out aesthetically pleasing with all structural details attributed to South Indian temple architecture. The main sanctum is superposed with two-tired Vimanam of height 15'.4' with conventional and aesthetical elements. Similarly there is three-tired Gopuram of height 20'.8' at the entrance to the temple. The measures employed in the fabrication of various parts of Gopuram and Vimana are so designed as to resonate with each other and give a symphonic effect to the whole. I have heard that this small temple has enjoyed wider popularity and started attracting one and all – the press and the public

6.00 am to 6.30 am Suprabhatam

6.30 am to 7.30 am Suddhi and Tomala Seva

7.30 am to 8.30 am Sahasra Nama Archana for Lord Sri Venkateswara and Ashtottara Archana for Sridevi and Bhudevi

9.00 am to 9.30 am Nivedana

9.30 am to 12.00 noon Sarvadarsanam

4.00 pm to 5.30 pm Sarvadarsanam

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Kainkaryam, Suddhi, Tomala Seva and Ashtottara Seva to Lord Sri Venkateswara, Sridevi and Bhudevi

6.30 pm to 7.45 pm Archana

7.45 pm to 8.00 pm Ekantha Seva and Pavalimpu Seva

SATURDAYS

6.00 am to 6.30 am Suprabhatam

6.30 am to 7.30 am Darshanam, Arathi and Teertham

7.30 am to 8.00 am Sadalimpu Seva (preparation for Abhishekam)

8.00 am to 9.30 am Abhishekam (Devotees are permitted to supply milk, curd, honey, ghee, chandanam, coconut water, tarmaric, saffron,

camphor for Abhishekam – if they wish to do so)

9.30 am to 11.00 am Alankaram – Curtains closed and no Darshan permitted

11.00 am to 12.00 noon Ashtottaram, Tomala Seva

4.00 pm to 8.00 pm Same as other days

Devotees can request for Ashtottara Seva and/or Arathi during Sarvadarsanam timings

MONTHLY

First Sunday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm – KALYANA MAHOTHSAVAM, Sravana Mahotsava - One day as applicable monthly

ANNUALLY

29th April (Anniversary Celebrations) - Pushpa Yagam to Swami

Brahmothsavam during Dasara Celebrations like at Tirupathi

Vasantothsavam – 3 days as applicable annually

Pavitrothsavam – 3 days as applicable annually

OTHER OFFERS

Satyanarayana Puja, Namakaranam, Annaprasana, Aksharabhyasam, Upanayanam, Kesa Khandana, Vahana Puja, Vivaham etc.

CONTACT

SRI BALAJI TEMPLE COMMITTEE

P.O. BOX. 40032 - 00100

NAIROBI

KENYA.

e-mail : info@balajikenya.org

Website : http://www.balajikenya.org/index.html 




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