Anoopam Mission USA
Shree Thakorji Maharaj at a temple of
Anoopam Mission, USA

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Location

The 'Shree Swaminarayan Spiritual and Cultural Center' is the temple and headquarters for Anoopam Mission in the USA. It is located on a hilltop site in Coplay, near Allentown in the lush Pennsylvanian countryside.

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The Temple : Shree Swaminarayan Spiritual & Cultural Centre

This temple was built in 2002-2003 in the classical Hindu architectural tradition, with spires and domes. A three day celebration from 18-20th July 2003 marked the opening of the temple and the ceremonious installation and consecration of the deities. The temple is home to the marble deities of Shri Gunatitanand Swami, Lord Swaminarayan and Shri Gopalanand Swami. It is the largest of the Anoopam Mission temples and the first built in this architectural style.

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History

Guruvarya Sahebji traveled to the USA for the first time in 1973 and every year since then, visiting devotees throughout the country. Anoopam Mission was registered as a trust in 1978 in Philadelphia and regular "sabhas" were held in both Philadelphia and New York city. With the organisation's activities growing steadily, a temple was established in 1993 in the Pocono mountains in Stroudsburg. A medium sized residence set in 5 acres of land was bought, and this served as the temple and headquarters for 10 years.

A rapidly growing base of devotees facilitated the need for a new and larger center. It was initially decided that a new temple be built on the existing land, however, a series of providential events prevented this from taking place. The township ruled that Anoopam Mission did not have the appropriate zoning and therefore building permission was refused.

Guruvarya Sahebji asked Pujya Kantibhai Khambaita (Architect) to look for a new site. Within two weeks, a hilltop site consisting of 20 acres of land was found in Coplay Pennsylvania, on which the mandir stands today. Surprisingly, the land was zoned for religious purposes and had building permission for three community buildings. Shortly after this land was purchased, a message was received from the township informing Anoopam Mission that an error had been made in denial of building permission at the original site. The error seemed providential and led to the magnificent hilltop location of the new temple.

Activities : Spiritual Activities
Anoopam Mission's spiritual activities consist of the following:

Daily Mahapuja, chanting, meditation and prayers
|| Saturday Discourse

Spiritual Camps

These camps are organized for all ages (age groups), periodically throughout the year, aiming at upliftment of life (soul) in all aspects. This is preached by selfless service to God, one's family and our community with highest values of religious tolerance (charity/acceptance), non-violence and love.

Under the guidance of Guruvarya Param Pujya Sahebji, vratdhari sadhaks and disciples regularly undertake religious tours to various pilgrim places across the country.

Kirtan Aradhana

Vratdhari sadhaks and devotees of Anoopam Mission orchestra an evening full of devotional singing with harmonious music on the third Saturday of every month. Devotees from near by areas gather for this event.

Celebration of religious festivals

Anoopam Mission celebrates with devotion, all major Hindu festivals including auspicious days of Swaminarayan saints and events.

Padramani, Mahapuja and Prayer at devotees homes

'Padramanis' are personal visits made by Guruvarya Param Pujya Sahebji and Vratdhari sadhaks to the homes and businesses of devotees. They regularly travel across India for Mahapuja, prayers and impart comfort and guidance where required.

Establishment and development of countrywide centers

  • Regular gatherings of devotees are promoted locally across the country, for prayer, chanting and reading of scripture.
  • Activities between centers are co-ordinated throughout the USA to assist in their development.
  • Countrywide centers serve as spiritual and cultural bases for all devotees throughout the USA, and serve also to keep children in touch with spiritual and moral values.
Other Activities
Anoopam Mission's new center will now provide:
  • A platform for wide ranging spiritual and cultural activities at the center.
  • It will serve as a platform for the organization and co-ordination of numerous activities across the United States, expanding its efforts to bring spiritual harmony to families, individuals and youth in their daily lives.
  • It will encourage dialogue and interaction between and amongst spiritual seekers of all faiths, with the aim to enrich spiritual understanding and co-operation.
  • The SSSCC will promote youth activity, spiritually and culturally.

Yogi Youth Camp

Drawing up to 400 youth every year, this camp provides youth with support and encouragement while promoting spiritual and cultural values. The camp is a fun event consisting of discourse, discussion groups and debates along with sport, games and cultural activities. Moral values and the ideal of service to one's fellow human beings and the larger community are instilled. The camp continues to be a huge success with youth.


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