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The Hanuman Temple in Taos, NM, established over forty years ago as a humble gathering place for satsang and seekers to gather, is building a new temple for the well known and greatly beloved ‘Taos Hanuman-ji’, as He is often called.
In Taos, Hanuman-ji is depicted as flying towards Lanka in search of Sita and carrying Ram’s ring in his hand; He is a symbol of service, hope, and justice in action. He is a symbol of love in motion.
Since 1981, Hanuman-ji’s’ home has been made in a 100-year old make-shift barn, which indeed has become a sacred space of refuge. Now, as Hanuman’s example of unconditional love and seva spreads to across the lands and to many, many new generations, the temple has become a place of pilgrimage for many hundreds of devotees and visitors who come for darshan and to participate with satsang in service. The original building, which still houses both the temple room and Maharaj-ji’s kitchen, is a beehive of activity, filled with love and joy! Yet, because the current temple room can only accommodate up to 70 people at a time, it is crowded beyond maximum capacity during weekly chanting and yearly festivals. Many, including the elderly and those with special needs, are forced to sit or stand in the adjacent sunroom or even outside.
The new temple will allow space for all who wish to chant and worship together. At 2,500 square feet, the new temple will allow for 250 people to gather inside. It will also provide a setting more in line with the Maharajji’s tradition of building temples Mahraj-ji’s to Hanuman- to this day, Hanuman-ji still sits on part of the original mango wooden crate in which he made the long journey from India to America!
Hanuman’s new temple is a vision held by satsang for over 40 years. Now, in this time in history, it is becoming a reality, ensuring, for generations, a gathering place to experience Hanuman’s profound love and message of selfless service. Construction began in September 2016, and we hope to celebrate Hanuman-ji’s 45th anniversary of coming to America in the new temple in September 2018.
We invite everyone to participate in this sacred seva! As in the Ramayana, Hanuman has brought Ram’s ring to Sita. With it comes tidings of her imminent release from captivity. Hanuman’s message brings the promise of love and faith, a faith that moves mountains. His presence, without doubt, will reunite Sita with Ram, our souls with the Supreme. In the Taos temple, Hanuman plays a special role in the transmission of devotion and wisdom, and his mission to deliver Ram’s ring to Sita is a reality!
***Update from the Taos team***
Since sending the information we have a small change and I am hoping you can, when you have time, put a period after construction began in 2016. And then continue with We invite, thereby removing the part about the anniversary and construction completion date. This is because at this time we’re not quite sure and we want to be accurate with the information that we are providing. If you could make this small change and then when we feel more certainty again we would look to an updated version. Thank you so much, I of course apologize for any inconvenience , and want again to express our profound gratitude!
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