Setting up of Ashram at Charlotte, NC
Setting up and maintaining a Place of Worship for Sri Lakshmi Hyagriva in the US is an important part of PLM’s Mission. With Acharya’s blessings, we have made a beginning in December 2018 towards achieving this goal by leasing a house at Charlotte, NC for this purpose. This Place of Worship, being designated as Parakala Ashram has a Lakshmi Hayagriva Sannidhi which is adorned by our Dolai Lakshmi Hayagriva. We have a Resident Priest who takes care of PerumAL, maintains the Ashram round the year and also takes PerumAL for Sancharam. The Ashram and the Sannidhi are managed by a local Committee at Charlotte, NC. under the overall administration and financial management of the Ashram by PLM, USA.
We are praying for the anugraham of PerumAL and Acharya that this effort may be successful. We also seek the financial support from devotees of Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva all across the US to make the Ashram financially viable year after year. All the Ashram Activities are being reported on this web site separately at, “Charlotte Ashram and Lakshmi Hayagriva Sannidhi” which can be reached from the main Menu.
Other Activities from 2014
Dolai Tour (Sancharam) of USA
This is an annual activity which started in 2011 and has been continued every year since then. During this Sancharam sacred Idols of Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva (the Presiding Deity at the Mysore Mutt), Sri Shathari, Srimad Ramanuja and Swami Vedanta Deshikan, consecrated at the Mysore Mutt are taken on a 4-5 month Tour all across the US (and some parts of Canada). Devotees would invite the Deities to their homes for offering various worship services such as Tirumanjanam, Dolotsavam, Homam, etc. The Dolai Sancharams were initially organized and conducted each year by Sri Parakala Matham, USA, (the predecessor to PLM, USA). A priest accompanies the Sancharam and conducts these services at the devotee homes. These annual Sancharams typically cover 15-20 metropolitan areas. Each year, more than one hundred devotees usually invite the Deities to their homes and several thousands of devotees participate in these functions. After its establishment in July 2014, PLM, USA joined its sister organization SPM, USA to conduct the Dolai Tour all across the USA. Subsequently in the years following the termination of SPM, USA, PLM took over the complete responsibility of conducting these annual Sancharams. After the starting of the Ashram at Charlotte, NC, the conduct of these annual Dolai Sancharams has now been assigned to the Ashram with the Resident Priest accompanying the sancharams with the Deity as a part of his duties at the Ashram.
For more Details of the Sancharam activities during the last few years see the Links below:
Celebration of several Utsavams
Prior to 2019, during most years, the Deity was brought to US from India during the Sancharam period and returned to the parent Mutt after the end of the Sancharam. During a few years however, when eligible volunteer help was available to perfom the mandated daily worship services, the Deity was kept in the US for a little longer after the sancharm. During these periods, several grand utsavams were celebrated. These were mostly performed in Seattle where competent volunteer help was available for this purpose. For a description of these activities see SEATTLE ACTIVITIES