On Tuesday February 3, 2015, the Newah Organization of America held a very successful Sri Swasthani Brata Closing Ceremony in the Greater Washington Metro Area. This unique religious and educational event was dedicated to Sri Swasthani Mata and Sri Madhav Narayan, just as it is at the holy Salinadi River in Sankhu, Nepal. Twenty-two men and women participated in the ritual Brata Ceremony. Congratulations to all participants for successfully completing the ceremony!
This is the 4th Swasthani Brata Closing Ceremony performed publicly in the United States. Newah Priest and Scholar, Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay performed this unique puja ceremony along with those twenty-two fasting devotees, and well wishers were presented at the Greater Baltimore Hindu Temple in Finksburg, Maryland. A delicious vegetarian lunch (Prasad) was also served following the puja.
Newah priest Mr. Rajopadhyay explained the significance and meaning of this Brata and puja step by step to all participants and closed a Barta with a traditional way as they do in Nepal. Some meaningful Bhajans performed live by Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha during the ceremony and all the attendees received blessings from the priest.
NOA President Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha welcomed and thanked all the attendees for the participation even on their busy schedule. Mr. Shrestha also thanked all the contributors of the puja. Special thanks go to Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay, Mr./Mrs. Ravi & Meena Pradhan for the venue sponsor and coordinating the Puja/Yagya Samagri, and The Greater Baltimore Hindu Temple for providing the venue and all the EC and family members, all generous volunteers who contributed to the Prasad (Lunch).
NOA is proud to serve this kind of the community event in the USA and honored to organized this special event Sri Swasthani Brata Puja and able to gather our community all together for good reasons.
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Dear NOA Friends and Community Members,
The Newah Organization of America (NOA), officers and family’s members are deeply saddened to learn by the untimely passing of Mrs. Ishwari Tuladhar at age 43 on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Washington, DC, USA. She is the beloved wife of Mr. Rakesh Tuladhar, mother of their daughters 11 years old Sakchhi Tuladhar and 3 years old Sasha Tuladhar.
We deeply regret the loss by our very important, community members, especially those like Mrs. Ishwari Tuladhar, who touched many lives and contributed so much to the community during her tragically short life. We will miss her dearly.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Tuladhar family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Rakesh and his loved ones at this very difficult time.
The Newah Organization of America Family
Dear NOA friends, families, and community members:
The Newah Organization of America (NOA) cordially invites you to a unique cultural and religious event, the Sri Swasthani Brata Samapan (Closing Ceremony) in the greater Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. This exciting puja is being performed by renowned Newah Priest and scholar Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay, in the traditional way like in Salinadi of Sankhu, Nepal. Please join us to make this a great community event!
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 11:00 – 4:00 PM
Venue: Greater Baltimore Hindu Temple,
2909 Bloom Road,
Finksburg, MD 21048
The cost to sit in the puja is $35.00 per person or $50:00 per couple. The puja starts promptly at noon and will last for about 3 hours so please be sure to arrive at 11:00 AM. This is one of our most special rituals—come to be rewarded by Goddess Sri Swasthani for your dedication and worship! Any generous individual who would like to make a financial or food contribution to the puja should contact NOA Treasurer Mr. Rajesh Lal Shrestha at 301-905-7348.
Please contact one of the following people with any questions:
• Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha - 240-581-0078)
• Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay - 410-530-7312)
• Mrs. Meena Pradhan - 443-604-0478)
• Mrs. Babita Shrestha - 703-477-6920)
• Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha - 571-278-7702)
• Mr. Mahindra Pradhan - 301-821-2796)
• Mr. Puskar Prajapati - 703-270-8456)
• Mr. Rajesh L. Shrestha - 301-905-7348)
• Mr. Yagya Man Shakya - 347-276-4846)
• Mr. Divakar Dhaubhadel - 301-355-8662)
• Mr. Kiran Ken Ranjit - 240-705-2754)
Thanks for your continued support!
The Executive Committee
Newah Organization of America