Vrat-Festivals | Temples
There are two Hastinaapur Temples - one in India and another in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hastinaapur temple in Argentina -
Hastinaapur is a City of Wisdom, spread in 12 acres land, in Argentina. It houses about a dozen of gods and an equal number of Argentines human beings. Some of the gods reside in Indian environment, in Agarbattee's fragrance while others enjoy the fragrance of flowers bloomed outside the four walls. Some are sitting on the pedestals, while others hang on the side of the walls and pillars. The gods who have their own temples are Ganesh Jee, Krishn, Soorya, Naaraayan and Shiv. Hastinaapur cannot be without a temple for Paandav, so there is a temple of Paandav also. This temple is built outside the noisy environment of the city and only noise one can hear of hundreds of birds who have nested on nearby tress. Then there is sweet and soft music of devotees who sing Bhajan there.
The dozen Argentines who live there take care of the temple and the gods. On weekends the visitors may surpass the number 100. The Argentines do not go there to ask for favors, as Indians go to their temples, but they go there for wisdom, that is why this place is called the City of Wisdom (ciudad de la sabiduria). Saraswatee Jee, the Goddess of Learning blesses the students through the sculptures all around the compound. The Argentines learn philosophy, read in the library, practice Yog and meditation and sing Bhajans. Cows also graze there freely and are not afraid of being food of the people there because the place is vegetarian.
The architectural and sculpture work of the Hastinaapur complex has been done entirely by Argentines. The architects and sculptors have studied Indian temples and have done their work professionally and aesthetically. Even now they are constructing some more buildings with Indian sculptures and statues.
What Happens There
Hastinapur respects all the religions and beliefs. Their ten temples include one for Buddha, one for Virgin Mary, one for the Greek god Demeter and another one called as the the Temple of All Faiths. Their library has books of all religions and schools of thought. Hastinapur seeks true wisdom, going beyond the boundaries of established religions. The City of Wisdom is not the ultimate destination. It does not prescribe wisdom doses. It simply helps people to seek, find and pursue their own path to wisdom. They give classes in yoga, meditation, philosophy, devotional singing and sacred drama. They organize workshops, seminars and retreats. They also provide community service. They celebrate festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthee and Baisaakhee. Their next project is to broadcast through radio.
They don't have any priest or any middleman between gods and worshippers there. There is no money collection, like in Tirupati. Worshippers pray, recite Mantra and sing devotional songs individually or in groups. Hastinaapur has a potgraduate course in Yog in which approximately 2,500 students are registered. About 120 teachers teach Yog and 100 teachers teach philosophy. The course lasts for 3 years. Classes are held on weekends only. Many people go there to retreat from the noise of city - it is only 30 miles (50 kms) away from the city. It looks like an authentic Aashram.
Hastinaapur Foundation has published a number of books on Indian philosophy and translated Bhagwat Geetaa, Bhakti Sootra, Upanishad, Bhaagvat Puraan and Yog Sootra. Their latest publication is Mahaabhaarat in Spanish. They have so far published three volumes and plan to do a total of twelve volumes in the coming years. Each volume is over 500 pages.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 09/30/13