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PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SERVICES (PUJAS) POLICY AND MINIMUM DONATIONS

Approved by HTNEW Board 10-2-2015. Revision1: 4-24-2016. Revision2: 12-16-2017


Private Puja can happen at TEMPLE or outside (away from TEMPLE) at a devotee’s place. Pujas can be arranged by calling/e-mailing HTNEW This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 920-462-4273. In case of no response from the above contacts within 48 hours, devotee may contact a HTNEW Board Member.

Devotees may contact TEMPLE Priest for consultation of auspicious days/time (muhurtham). Devotees can contact Priest to enquire about items needed for the puja.

Priest shall inform the HTNEW board for all private pujas scheduled at TEMPLE or outside. Priest to maintain a calendar listing all scheduled pujas.

Pujas date & time can be confirmed only after payment is made to TEMPLE. If a puja is cancelled after payment is made, the devotee may use the payment for future services at temple. 

Private Pujas at HTNEW:

  1. Minimum donations for various pujas are listed in TEMPLE and on the website www.HTNEW.org. Devotees to pay TEMPLE thru cash/check/credit card.
  2. Devotees shall pay separate Dakshina to priest directly (cash/check) as indicated.
  3. Devotees to make all arrangements for any food they intend to serve to their guests who come for puja. Any TEMPLE items used such as tables, chairs, utensils shall be cleaned and put back in their place. TEMPLE shall be reimbursed for any disposable supplies used.
  4. Devotees who like to use the Temple Multipurpose hall, for snack/lunch/dinner as part of puja, please refer to a separate rental form for charges.
  5. Timings for puja: can happen anytime the temple is scheduled to be open, but cannot coincide with temple events.
  6. Any pujas or rituals with the picture of a person shall not be conducted in the main temple hall housing deities/vigrahas.
  7. Shraddh/death anniversary etc., with or without the picture of a person shall not be performed in the main temple hall where the deities (vigrahas & pictures of Gods) are present. These services can be performed in the adjacent multipurpose room or classrooms. TEMPLE Board understands the sensitivity of the devotees who would like to perform the Shraddh/death anniversary in the temple, but the sanctity of the main temple hall housing Gods need to be maintained as per hindu shastras. Please consult our priest for advice on when to perform the Shraddh/death anniversary.
  8. Shanti Path (offering Shanti mantras/prayers to God) can be performed at Temple 12 days after death of a person. Shanti Path, without the picture of a person may be performed in the main temple hall where the deities (vigrahas & pictures of Gods) are present.  Shanti Path, with the picture of a person  can be performed in the adjacent multipurpose room or classrooms.
  9. Death in family: Also in accordance with hindu shastras, when a person is deceased, his/her immediate family (same Gothra) should stay away from visiting the temple for a period of 12 days from the date of death.
  10. Birth in family: Also in accordance with hindu shastras, when a person is born, his/her immediate family (same Gothra) should stay away from visiting the temple for a period of 3 days from the date of birth.

OUTSIDE Private Pujas (away from TEMPLE):

  1. Minimum donations for various pujas (away from TEMPLE) are listed in TEMPLE and on the website www.HTNEW.org. Devotees pay TEMPLE thru cash/check/credit card. Check shall be payable to “HTNEW”.
  2. Devotees shall pay separate Dakshina to priest directly by cash or check for at least the minimum amount indicated in the following chart (or confirmation e-mail). Devotees shall also reimburse the priest directly for transportation cost at IRS mileage rates ($0.535/mile in year 2017, from temple to devotee’s place both ways).
  3. If the Devotee’s place is more than 25 miles from TEMPLE, then there may be additional charge of $25/Hr for priest time payable to HTNEW.
  4. Timings for puja: We request you to schedule outside pujas when temple is not scheduled to be open. In some rare situations, it may happen when temple is scheduled to be open with BOD authorization, but cannot coincide with temple events. If a priest is required to stay beyond allotted time, there will be additional charges of $35/hour.
  5. If the priest is utilized for Bhajans or other activities other than the confirmed puja, there will be additional time charges of $35/hour (payable to HTNEW) and additional Dakshina shall also be paid to the priest. This may be done only if time permits.

 

Minimum Donations below do not include Priest transportation charges.

 

AT TEMPLE

AWAY FROM TEMPLE

 

 

MINIMUM DONATION 

TO TEMPLE

 

MINIMUM DAKSHINA 

TO PRIEST

 

MINIMUM DONATION

TO TEMPLE

 

MINIMUM DAKSHINA 

TO PRIEST

Archana Ashtothara

$11

Devotee Discretion

NA

NA

Archana Sahasranama

$51

$21

NA

NA

Aksharabhyasam

(Vidhya Arambam)

$51

$21

$125

$61

Anna Prasanam

$51

$21

$125

$61

Ayusha Homam

$101

$51

$151

$71

Bhoomi / Lot/ Land/ Puja

NA

NA

$151

$71

Business Puja

NA

NA

$151

$71

Chandi Path (Durga Puja)

$101

$51

$201

$101

Engagement

$101

$51

$201

$101

 

 

 

 

 

Gruhapravesham

NA

NA

$171

$101

Gruhapravesham w/Homam

NA

NA

$301

$121

Gruhapravesham w/Satyanarayana katha

NA

NA

$301

$121

Gruhapravesham w/Homam & Satyanarayana katha

NA

NA

$401

$151

Homam/Havan

$101

$51

$151

$71

Kalyana Utsavam

$125

$61

$301

$121

Lakshmi Puja

$101

$51

$201

$101

Mundan Sanskar

$101

$51

$151

$71

Namakaranam

$51

$21

$125

$61

Navagraha Puja

$51

$21

$125

$61

Navagraha Puja w/Homam

$101

$51

$151

$71

Out of State Puja

NA

NA

$251/day

Per Priest

Punyahavachanam

$51

$21

$125

$61

Rudrabhishekam

$101

$51

$151

$71

Satyanarayana katha

$101

$51

$151

$71

Sehra Bandi Pre wedding

$75

$31

NA

NA

Sixtieth and Eightieth Birthday

$151

$71

$251

$101

Sreemantham/ baby shower

$125

$61

$201

$101

Sundarakand

$125

$61

$201

$101

Upanayanam

$251

$175

$301

$121

Vadamala for Hanuman

$31

$15

NA

NA

Vahan Puja

$51

$21

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding

$251

$101

$501

$251

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral Day / last rites

NO CHARGE

 

NA

$201

Hiranya Shraddam (anniversary)

$51

$21

$125

$61

Shraddam / Shantipath

$101

$51

$151

$71

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Priest or Temple board member if the puja you want to perform is not listed above.

Dakshina: In Hindu tradition, it is customary to give dakshina (offering) to the priest and get his blessings. The rates listed above are minimum amounts. We encourage you to be generous and help support the Priest and Temple.

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