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HHindu Temple of Cultural Center of Iowa, Madrid, IA

3392 155th Lane
Madrid, IA 50156
Tel: 515-795-2635

Friday, June 7, 2013
6:00 PM
Sankalpam, Visvaksena Aardhanam 
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
Saturday June 8, 2013
7:00 AM
7:30 AM
Vishwa Roopa Seva, Kanya Darshanam
9:00 AM
Special Homam
10:00 AM
Balaji Abhishekam
4:00 PM
Balaji Kalyanam
6:00 PM
Urchava Seva (Pradakshanam)
6:30 to 8:00 PM
7:00 PM
Unjal Seva for Balaji Parivar
7:30 PM
Bhajans and Aarti
9:00 PM
Sunday, June 9, 2013 (The events will be conducted on the banks of the Des Moines river)
7:30 AM
9:00 AM
Abishekam for Balaji and Siva Utsava moorthies
Siva-Parvati Kalyanam
2:30 PM
Ashirvachanam (Blessings)
 Contact Information
Phone: 515-795-2635/515-832-3355
E-mail: sahai@mchsi.com
Volunteer opportunities
1. Front desk duties: June 7, 8, and 9 
                                9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
                                4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

2. Food distribution for lunch and dinner for times mentioned above.
3. Clean up (after lunch and dinner for times mentioned above.
4. Crowd control and management
5. Other miscellaneous tasks
If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to either lmanjuna@yahoo.com or to sahai@mchsi.com. We appreciate your help very much and thank you in advance.
Items needed for the function
Please donate any of the items needed for this special occasion.
Click on the link below and select the 2013 Anniversary Celebration tab and enter your name for the item you can bring.

Note: All items need to be brought to the Temple on or before Friday, June 7.

Regular events

Daily, 9:00 AM
Sri Vishnu Parayanam
Mondays, 7:00 PM
Shiva/Rudra Abhishekam
Fridays, 7:00 PM
Lakshmi Pooja
First Saturdays, 11:00 AM
Balaji Abhishekam
Second Saturdays, 11:00 AM
Ganesha Abhishekam
Third Saturdays, 11:00 AM
Parvati Abhishekam
Fourth Saturdays, 11:00 AM
Karthikeya Abhishekam
Fifth Saturdays (if applicable)
Durga Pooja
First Sundays, 11:00 AM
Bhagavad Geetha
Second Sundays, 11:00 AM
Sathyanarayana Pooja
Third Sundays, 11:00 AM
Navagraha Abhishekam
Fourth Sundays, 11:00 AM
Sundara Kaanda Patan
Last Sundays of each month, 5:00 PM
Sri Swaminarayan Bhajans and Arathi
by the Gujarathi Samaj
Fifth Sundays (if applicable)
Ram Parivar Pooja

New Temple Hours (effective Monday, February 18, 2013) and Schedule of Priests
Monday and Tuesday:  9 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM to 11 AM. Closed in the evening
Thursday - Friday: 9 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM
Weekends: (Saturday - Sunday)
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Holidays follow the schedule above.
The Priests are not available during
other hours unless specifically requested in advance.
Temple Etiquette
The Temple is a place of worship. To make your visit to the Temple an experience you will remember, please follow the guidelines  

Temple Etiquette

HTCC Temple
is a place of worship. We follow the Sanathana Dharma (Indian Vedic traditions practiced for over 2000 years) to preserve the aura of peace and sanctity of our Temple, which are conducive for worship and prayers. Keeping those Vedic traditions in mind, HTCC requests your cooperation in following certain guidelines when you are visiting the Temple. Please remember this is your Temple and our intent is to ensure everyone has a peaceful experience during his or her visit.

Main Mandir, Sanctum Sanctorum and other Shrines
  • Main Mandir (hall) is where regular poojas and rituals are conducted everyday. We request devotees to follow these guidelines while they are participating in poojas and rituals.
  • Please remain silent as soon as you enter the Main Hall.
  • Please do not enter the Sanctum Sanctorum (garbha gudi) or other shrines. Priests only are allowed to enter into the Sanctum Santorum and other shrines. The Sanctum and other shrines were purified during the Kumbhabhishekam and will be maintained with the same sanctity.
  • Please do not touch the deities or lean over into the shrines. We appreciate if you do not step beyond the Dwarapalakas (and not past the steps where there are no Dwarapalakas) of the Sanctum Santorum.
  • Please do not block the central aisle of the main mandir. This allows a full view for those devotees who are standing/sitting at the entrance of the mandir.
Pooja, Prayer and other rituals
  • All poojas and rituals follow certain set procedures as per Vedic traditions. Priests or the HTCC coordinator would explain the procedure before the start of the pooja or other rituals. If you have any questions, please wait till the end of the event and then ask the HTCC coordinator or Priests for clarifications.
  • Please remain silent during the pooja and other rituals. Slow talking and discussions would distract other devotees who are participating in pooja/rituals. Please be sensitive to those around you who may be praying quietly.
  • Please remain silent during the pooja and other rituals. Slow talking and discussions would distract other devotees who are participating in pooja/rituals. Please be sensitive to those around you who may be praying quietly.
  • While a pooja is going on in front of one of the shrines or the Sanctum Santorum with worshippers sitting/trying to listen, we request that you refrain from ringing the bells or lifting your children up to do so. This would distract the other devotees and also the Priests who are conducting the pooja.
  • We request that you ring the bells, blow conches and play other instruments only during the Maha Mangala Aarathi and during other pooja procedures.
  • All conversations and greetings can be exchanged either in the corridor or in the Kitchen area. Even then, please keep your voice low.
  • Please restrain your children from running around inside the main mandir or around the Sanctum Sanctorum. We suggest you bring some coloring paper and crayons so that they remain silent during the pooja. Encourage children to play in the Play area, which is located on the south side of the Temple.
  • If you have to leave in the middle of a pooja, please do so quietly without causing any disturbance to other devotees.
Participating in Vedic Chanting and Bhajans
  • Chanting of Vedic Mantras and Slokas is the backbone of all poojas at the Temple. You are welcome to participate in the chanting. We provide copies of popular slokas in English and other Indian languages. Please check with the HTCC Coordinator or the priests if you need a copy of the slokas before the beginning of the pooja.
  • Bhajans are sung at every pooja event. You are welcome to sing your favorite bhajan, a classical or a devotional song. Please encourage your children to participate in bhajans.
Pradakshina Procedures
  • Pradakshina is a process of going around the Sanctum Sanctorum, 3 times only, to get the blessings of the Lord.
  • Please always go around clockwise, starting at the left side of the sanctum and complete on the right side and come to the front of the Lord.
  • Please do not do a pradakshina during a pooja ritual.
  • Please do not allow children to run around the sanctum during the pradakshina.
Prasadam and Offerings
  • Prasadam offered to Lord is always cooked in the Temple kitchen.
  • Food cooked at home will not be offered to the Lord. If you wish to prepare the Prasadam, please bring the ingredients and prepare it at the Temple kitchen.
  • You can bring fresh fruits and flowers to offer during the pooja.
  • You can bring flower garlands for the poojas.
  • Following food items are not allowed at the Temple kitchen:
    • All types of non-vegetarian food
    • Egg
    • Mushroom
    • Garlic
    • Onion, etc
  • Please clean the kitchen area and utensils used for preparing prasadam after you prepare it.
  • Please do not eat the prasadam in the main hall.
  • Please wear traditional Indian clothes if possible.
  • Wearing shorts (for any one over 12 years of age) is not advised.
  • No footwear is allowed inside the Mandir. Please leave all footwear in the designated area.
Photography, Videography, and Cell Phones
  • Videography and photography are not allowed inside the main hall of the Temple.
  • Please switch your cell phones and beepers to vibration mode as soon as you enter the main hall of the Temple.
Food and Drinks
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the main hall of the Temple.
  • Alcohol and smoking are not allowed anywhere in the Temple complex and surrounding areas.
  • If your child is eating/carrying a food item, please make sure you stay outside the main hall until the child finishes his/her food item, before entering into the main hall.
  • Please do not eat the prasadam in the main hall. You are welcome to eat prasadam in the corridor or the in the Lunchroom.
  • Please help us maintain the Temple campus clean and tidy.
  • If you bring flowers or fruits, please unwrap and discard the plastic bag in the dustbin. Please do not leave them on the steps of the Sanctum Santorum.
  • Please help volunteers in spreading the floor mats and also folding and putting them in place after the event.
  • Chairs are available for the disabled and elderly people. Please do not leave the chairs in the main hall after using them. Please put them back in a designated area before you leave.
Final Note
HTCC offers these suggestions to provide an environment of devotion and sanctity for all the devotees. We need your cooperation in maintaining these traditions as much as possible. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or comments on these guidelines, please contact one of the following HTCC members:
Anil Sahai: (515) 832-3693 / Sahai@mchsi.com
Manjunath Lakshmipathy: (515) 314-9816 / lmanjuna@yahoo.com
  The Board of Trustees
Office Bearers
Anil Sahai, Chairperson
Phone: 515-832-3355
e-mail: sahai@mchsi.com
Bhupen Patel, Co-Chairperson
Phone: 515-792-7698
e-mail: bspatels8@gmail.com
Suren Gupta, Treasurer
Phone: 515-232-4432
e-mail: surenvimlesh@aol.com
Arun Somani, Joint Treasurer
Phone: 515-268-9718
e-mail: somani_arunk@yahoo.com
Sudhanshu Das, Secretary
Phone: 515-572-4589
e-mail: dashsdash@yahoo.com
Contact information
Phone: 515-795-2635
e-mail: sahai@mchsi.com

Dr.Khimanand Upreti, from Delhi, joined the Temple on August 29th 2006.
He has a double MA (Vyakaranacharya & Jyotishacharya) with two specializations in Sanskrit Grammar and Astrology. He is Ph.D.in Astrology and is also NET (National Education Trended) qualified.

Schedule of Religious Services

Religious services for our patrons are offered at the Temple as well as outside; in homes and other venues where such services are needed and appropriate.

We have a very well qualified and trained priest in both Vedic traditions and Shastras.

For scheduling services, please send an email to
Terry Anderson - sahai@mchsi.com

1) In your email, please provide following details:

·         Type of pooja needed
·         Pooja Date
·         Pooja Time
·         Place (Temple or home or other location )
·         Contact phone number (required)
·         Any other special requirements
2) We will respond to your e-mail as soon as possible.
3) Devotees may discuss pooja details with the Priest by calling the Temple, but,  must send an email to Terry Anderson to confirm their pooja request.

3) Devotees are encouraged to give sufficient advance notice before the pooja.

4) The Priest will not confirm pooja bookings with devotees.

5) Make the payment to the Temple as a check payable to "HTCC."

List of items for Poojas:
Archana / Sahasranama Archana
Items needed
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - I bunch
Sri Satyanarayana Swami Pooja (at devotee's home or the Temple)
Items needed
  • Turmeric - 1 cup
  • Kumkum - 1 cup
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • 5 kinds of Fruits
  • Panchamrutham (milk, honey, yogurt, ghee and sugar) - Mix and bring half gallon
  • Coconuts - 2
  • Flowers - 4 bunches
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Sooji Rava Prasadam
  • Blouse pieces (except black color) - 2
  • Rice, raw - 1lb
  • Navadhanyam (wheat, rice, toor dal, moong dal, chenna dal, avare kalu, black sesame, urad dal, horse gram dal). - 1 packet
    Note: Please check with Punditji before you buy.
  • Chandan - 1/4 cup
  • Kalasham - 1
    Note: If you don’t have a Kalasham, please check with Punditji.
  • Silver/brass plate or tray - 1
  • Sri Satyanarayana Swamy picture
  •  $20 in quarters
Sri Satyanarayana Swami Pooja (Group pooja at the Temple)
Items needed
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Fruits - 4 or 5 kinds
  • Betel leaves - 10
  • Betel nuts - 20
  • Coconut - 1
  • Blouse piece (except black color) - 1
  • $10 in quarters
Punhyavachanam (Purification Ceremony)
Items needed:
  • Agarbathi - 1 packet
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Vahana Pooja
Items needed
  • Lemons - 5
  • Coconut - 1
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
Balaji , Siva, and other Gods abhishekams (at the Temple) - Individual
Items needed
  • Milk - 2 gallons
  • Coconuts - 1
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Yogurt - 1/2 gallon
  • Honey - 1 bottle
  • Juice (orange or apple) - 2 gallons
Balaji , Siva and other gods Abhishekams (at the Temple) - Group
Items needed
  • Milk - 1 gallon
  • Coconuts - 1
  • Fruits
  • Flowers - 1 bunch
  • Yogurt - 1/2 gallon
  • Juice (orange or apple) - 1/2 gallon
Butter Alankaram ( Decorating with butter)
Items needed
  • Unsalted butter - 10 lbs
  • Fruits - 1 dozen
  • Flowers - 1 bunch

Volunteer Opportunities
Your Temple is run by a group of dedicated volunteers that make it successful. Please call and volunteer for any activity you and your family is interested in.
Your help is urgently needed with the upcoming events.

You can sign up for a minimum of two hours before or after the events.

You can volunteer for any of the following:
  • Decoration/Dais (Mandap)
  • Public Relations/Seating Arrangements
  • Food Arrangements
  • Kitchen
  • Flower Garlands for the Deities
  • Food Preparation for God (Naivedyam/Prasad) at the Temple
  • Rangoli
  • Hundi Collections
  • Premises Cleanup
Bal-Vihar program is an initiative by the Hindu Temple of Iowa located midway between Ames and Des Moines in Madrid, IA. The program is run by volunteers who care about preserving Indian culture and believe in moral values that are important to living a fulfilling, generous and positive life.
Here are a few names of volunteers who put efforts into programming, organizing and managing the Bala-Vihar classes and events.
1) Bala-Vihar Classes for kids in Grade 4th & below (held between 11am and noon every Sunday)
2) Pre-SAT Math Classes for kids in Grade 5th & 6th (held between 11am and noon every Sunday)
3) SAT Math Classes for kids in Grade 7th & above (held between 11am and noon every Sunday)

All these classes are held for 28 weeks between end of August and 2nd last Sunday of May.

We have made tremendous improvements in these classes as follows. Please bring your child to the temple any Sunday at 11 am to register. All classes are run by volunteers who are accomplished and committed to seeing the kids succeed with good morals and good academics.

1) Bala-Vihar Classes - Moral lessons, Shokas, Vocal music, Stories about Gods, Stories about Indian Culture, overall moral development.

2) Pre-SAT and SAT Math Classes: We have added new teachers and a well-defined schedule. Here is a quick comparision with a commercial Math class.

3392 155th Lane
Madrid, IA 50156
Tel: 515-795-2635
Temple Directions
The Temple is located 4 miles south of Madrid and .6 miles north of the Des Moines River bridge on the west side of Highway 17.

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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