Hundreds of devotees came together over a three-day period from March 8-11 to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Sri Balaji Temple of Hamilton.

The temple had also made an appeal for a donation from devotees to coincide with the fourth-anniversary celebrations.

Ray Annamalai, one of the Trustees with the Sri Balaji Temple, told The Indian Weekender, “The response of the devotees both in terms of numbers and donations during the event had been more than satisfactory.

“Our temple has been functioning since last four years hosting different poojas. This year we were delighted to have one of our previous priests Gopi Achari join us again and perform pooja with our current priest Kishore Bhattar.

“The celebrations started on Friday, March 8, with special chanting of mantras to Lord Ganesha, Sri Narayani Devi and ThiruMuruganabhishekam, which was followed by Homan.

“The second day Saturday, March 9, was special for its 108 AshtothraKalasaabhishekam and Kumbhabhishekham bringing a full house of devotees,” Mr Annammalai said.

Significance of Kumbhabhishekham

Kumbhabhishekham is a Hindu temple ritual that is believed to homogenise, synergise and unite the mystic powers of the deity. Kumbha means the head and denotes the Shikhara or Crown of the Temple and Abhisekham, or Prokshanam is ritual bathing.

In Hindu tradition it is only after Kumbhabhishekham that the deity, which was until then only a granite sculptured stone image, is believed to transform into a vibrant and vivid living representation of the deva with innate grace and grandeur, conferring divine blessings on all devotees.

108 Ashtothra Kalasaabhishekam

The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga, which according to many renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture signifies the wholeness of existence.

“When we chant or praise the lord with Ashtottaram we not only praise the Lord for his Gunas( characteristics/virtues) but also ask for well being of all the living things including human beings irrespective of their caste, creed, race, gender or religion,” Mr Annamalai said. 

Maha Prasad was served each day after the celebrations.