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Sri Durga Temple, MA

What is Sri Durga Temple Group?

All of us who get together on the jagran day and remember Durga Ma are the Durga temple group.
Durga Temple Group does not charge any fee for the jagran or get involved with money.
The purpose of jagran is not to collect money but to get people involved in Bhajan Kirtan, and to express gratitude for what God has given us.
The purpose of the bank account is to hold the money collected in jagrans so this money may be used by any group constructing a Durga temple in this area.
 Where does your money go?
 Every Jagran devotee donates $1.00, $2.00, or $10.00, or more. Where does that money go? After every Jagran, the family that sponsors the Jagran picks up the Charhava(donation), counts it, and the next day deposits in the account # 3090031714 at the Sovereign Bank. No money is ever withdrawn from that account. Money only goes into that account. No money comes out of the account for any expenses. From the Jagran account the checks are only written to temples where we perform the Jagrans, for the temple expansion projects. Until today $46,000.00 has been donated to Satsang Center, Woburn, MA (the temple where most of our Jagrans were performed in the past years). Satsang Center is at present under construction to accommodate our growing attendance

In addition, $ 27,000.00 plus has been contributed to Sarvadev Temple, Oxford, MA, where we have been performing Jagrans a few times a year. For the last year or so, since Satsang Center has been under construction, all the Jagrans have been performed in Sarvadev Temple. In the case of Sarvadev Temple, besides the donation of $27,000.00 plus, all the collection made during Jagran is also donated to temple. That is why there is no money being deposited in Sri Durga Temple account for part of last year. We have contributed $1,000.00 to the Chinmaya Mission temple in Andover, MA, to buy the carpets for their marble floor for the convenience of our devotees to sit comfortably.


Fri. July 26, 2013   8:30PM TO 11:30PM


Upcoming Jagrata schedule
and sponsors for the year 2013

July 26, 2013
Priyanka Shukla & Friends

August 23, 2013
Shashi & Ved Jain, & Family

September 13, 2013
Ashish & Tanya Jain

October 6th, 2013

October 12, 2013
Mr & Mrs Yogi Sood,
Navratre from Oct 5th ,
Ashtami on Oct 12th Ashtami,
Ramnavami on Oct 13th

November 15, 2013
Dr. Jeevan Mehta & Dr.Meena Mehta

December 13, 2013
Mr & Mrs Mohan Jayraman

 Contact Us
Please email us at sridurgatemplegroup@gmail.com for more information on sponsoring a jagrata and we will respond back to you as soon as possible.
Jagrata is performed at a temple on a weekend of your choice and as per our team's availability. Although we are pleased to accommodate everybody into our schedule, however, do make sure that you plan for the occasion well in advance as we can only book on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please note that we perform a smaller version of the jagrata called a chaunki that normally lasts from 9 pm until midnight. This is because we understand that most of the devotees (bhagats) travel very long distances, sometimes braving a harsh weather, to attend the jagrata and many of them with little children.
We have a very talented and experienced team of vocalists which includes the lead singers and the chorus. We also have an accomplished team of seasoned veterans on various percussion instruments who along with the vocalists create an exquisite medley of musical harmony. The songs are chosen from a vast database of verses which we have gathered in our many years of experience, some of which can be viewed in the lyrics section of this website. You could also sing a bhajan on the occasion if you so desire and our team would be glad to provide the background music and the chorus. For this, please submit a copy of the bhajan you want to sing and attend our practice sessions a few days in advance so that the musicians could attune to the new melodies.

Jagrata Philosophy
Jagrata is performed all through the night to thank the holy mother for her blessings and all the love she has bestowed upon us. It is believed that one who approaches the mother with a pure heart never returns empty handed.
All major relegions of the world have prayers written in praise of the almighty. Some prayers are meant to be whispered, some chanted aloud and some are to be sung. Hinduism has a vast category of devotional songs too. Most of these songs were written thousands of years ago by rishis, munis and prominent Indian philosophers of those times. The songs were mostly written on dried leaves and therefore were very difficult to preserve. Each century has contributed to this vast array, although names of authors are mostly unkown. Surprisingly, most of their work has traveled down the times by word of mouth and by their sheer popularity.
There are many distinct categories of singing styles prevalent in the diverse culture of India (Bharat). Devotional songs in northern part of India fall into several popular categories like Bhajan, Bhent, Mantra (snippets in sanskrit), Shlok (snippets in sanskrit and other popular languages), Kirtan etc. These are not to be confused with the classical Indian singing styles which are bound to discrete disciplines and are well defined. Although a bhajan may be based on a Raag, the relationship between the two is only loosely bound.
In a jagrata (also called jagran), the holy mother is invoked by singing aloud the devotional songs (bhents) and invited to grace the gathering with her presence. It is believed that the mother visits in form of a jot (flame) which is lit before the ceremony.
Please note that we perform a smaller version of the jagrata called a chaunki that normally lasts from 9 pm until midnight. This is because we understand that most of the devotees (bhagats) travel very long distances, sometimes braving a harsh weather, to attend the jagrata and many of them with little children. As per suggestions from a lot of our patrons, the time of 9 pm to midnight was agreed upon to encourage maximum participation from everybody.

Om Tat Sat

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


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