Ashram Summer Hours

(April through September)

Ashram Open Daily

7am-9pm
Morning Aarti-7 am
Evening Aarti-Sunset (except Tuesday)

Tuesday

Dinner Prasad Meal 6 pm
Aarti and Kirtan 7-9 pm

Sunday

Chanting of Hanuman Chaleesa 11 am
Followed by Aarti and Lunch Prasad Meal

Beginning in May
All Are Welcome…

Saturdays at 11 AM

Hanuman Chaleesas for Healing and Prayers
A time in the temple room for people to gather and sing 11 Hanuman Chaleesas for healing and prayer.  Devotees are welcome to bring photos or to write the names of those in need of prayer to put on Maharaj-ji’s takht during this time.

Satsang Kids!

When: Saturdays 2-4 pm
Where: Meet in the kids’ area of sunroom
Stories, singing, crafts, seva and satsang for kids of all ages and their caregivers.

Satsang and Reading of Ramcharitmanas (the story of Ram and Hanuman)

When: Sundays 4-5:30 pm
Where: Back Porch
A time to gather and ask and answer questions about Maharaj-ji, Hanuman and our shared devotional practices.  We will also read from the beautiful story of Ram and Hanuman.

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Sunday

11 am Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa
Followed by aarti and prasad

LiveStream available, follow this link.

Chanting begins at 10 am (PST), 11am (MST), 1pm (EST).

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Aarti 

Aarti is offered daily at 7 am and Evening Aarti-Sunset (except Tuesday)

Aarti is a daily prayer ceremony offered in Hindu temples and homes.  It is a ceremony in which the devotees greet and give thanks to the deities and are reminded of God’s grace and glory.  The word “aarti” comes from the Sanskrit prefix “aa”, meaning complete, and “rati” meaning love.  It is thus an expression of the devotee’s complete and unflinching love for God.  It is sung and performed with a deep sense of reverence, adoration and meditative awareness.  Often called the ‘ceremony of light’, the aarti involves waving lighted wicks before the sacred images to infuse the flames with the deities’ love, energy and blessings.

Along with – or sometimes instead of – flames from ghee-soaked wicks, the light from camphor is also used. Other auspicious articles offered during the ceremony include incense, water, cloth and flowers and the waving of a chamara, or yak tail fan. These together represent the five elements – space (cloth), air (fan), fire, water, and earth (flowers) – and symbolize the offering of the whole of creation to the deity during the aarti ceremony.

The term ‘aarti’ also refers to the prayer sung in praise of the deity while the wicks are waved. This prayer is joyously sung to the accompaniment of musical instruments including drums, bells, gongs, and a conch-shell.

After the short prayer, the lighted wicks are passed around the congregation to allow members to receive the blessings infused within the flames.  The aarti is usually performed twice daily, in the morning and the evening, and sometimes when offering the deity the mid-day meal. The aarti also features as a component of other, more elaborate rituals and is often the concluding prayer in religious assemblies and festivals.

Just as the wicks burn in the service of the deities, devotees pray that they, too, can selflessly offer themselves in the service of God. As the wicks eventually burn themselves out, devotees pray their ego can similarly be eradicated through such service and humble worship.

The Hanuman Chalisa is a chant consisting of forty verses in praise of Sri Hanuman-ji.

pdf Click here to Download Hanuman Chalisa (6685 KB)

pdf Click here to Download Complete Aarti Prayers including the Hanuman Chalisa (18518 KB)

Out of respect for sacred knowledge it is a tradition to keep such mantras in a clean place and not to put them on the floor. 

Download recordings of the aarti prayers sung by Nina Rao with lyrics and translations: Click here to download aarti recordings