A huge number of devotees witnessed the kumbabishekam of Lord Ganesha and Lord Dakshinamurthi Temple was performed at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 2013, performed under the guidance of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. About 16 Vedic scholars from various parts of the U.S. had assembled to conduct the three days of ceremonies, packed with special pujas and rituals including Ganesa puja, Vastu shanti, maha sankalpa, navagraha shanti homam, Rudra Japam, and Maharudrabishekam to Lord Dakshinamurti. Devotees carried the utsava murtis in a procession. Participants enjoyed the speech by Swamiji and the Nagaswaram concert of Kasim and Babu. The event concluded with Mahadiparadhanam and annadanam.
Established in 1986 by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam is patterned after the ancient gurukulams of India, as an institute for the traditional study of Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, Yoga, Ayurveda, astrology and other classical Indian disciplines. The Gurukulam besides offering an opportunity to study the profound spiritual knowledge of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Brahmasutras, and other classical Vedic texts in English in the USA, also provides short and long-term programmes for guest and resident students of all ages. The campus is adorned by a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurti, considered the first teacher of Vedic knowledge. Log on to Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.