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Swami Sri Narayananda Puri, Habib Khan and his students seen at the celebrations.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Balaji Temple held its fourth Mahakumbhabhishekam anniversary celebrations here May 28 with Panduranga Rukmini Abhishekam and Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Abhishekam in the evening, according to a press release.

Devotees were also able to perform abhishekam. Swamiji Sri Narayananda Puri initiated the devotees and kalasha sthapna, while priests Manojkumar Ghodkale, Ranganath and Swami Vittala Nityananda Puri performed the abhishekam and pooja.

The second day of the celebrations started with 108 Kalasha pooja at 6 p.m. in the evening, Navagraha pooja and abhishekam for Goddess Mahalaxmi. On May 29 there was Balaji Abhishekam, Balaji Lakshmi Kalyanam, a cultural program by Habib Khan and Sarswati Temple and Gurukula.

Cultural programs by music schools started at 3 p.m. and 108 Kalasha Balaji Abhishekam started at 3.30 p.m. Swamiji Narayananda performed abhishekam to Balaji with assistance from priests Manojkumar and Ranganath and Swamiji Vittala Nityananda.

At 6:30 pm, Habib Khan and students from Habib Khan and Sarswati Temple and Gurukula displayed their talent through their vocal performance accompanied with tabla, harmonium and sitar.

The program was attended by such chief guests and dignitaries as San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo; Kansen Chu, member of the California state legislature Assembly; Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese; Richard Santos, director, SCC Water District; San Jose City council member Ash Kalra; Saratoga city council member Rishi Kumar; and Cupertino city council member Savita Vaidyanathan.

Chu presented a Certification of Recognition from the California State Assembly to the Balaji Temple for their contribution to the community. Cortese and Kumar also presented Certificates of Appreciation from the County of Santa Clara and Saratoga, respectively.

Mahaprasadam for all three days was sponsored by Tamil Prema and other devotees.   

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