VHP-America, Chicago, holds Pran Pratishtha Car Rally

Puja and Aarti at the Hanuman Mandir as the Car Rally commenced. PHOTO: Organizers

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Chicago Chapter, held a “Car Rally Mandir Invitation Marathon” on December 23, 2023. The rally took participants on a spiritual journey through 11 temples across the Northwest Chicagoland area, culminating in an invitation to the Shree Ram Mandir Ayodhya Pran Pratishtha Pujan.

The rally, which attracted more than 100 cars and more than 200 Hindus from the Chicagoland area, commenced at the Hanuman Mandir in Glen View and concluded at the BAPS Swami Narayan Temple in Bartlett, IL. The participating temples included Hanuman Temple, Hari Sumiran Temple, Haridham Temple, Jalaram Mandir, Manav Sewa Mandir, Gayatri Gyan Mandir, Hari Om Mandir, Chicago Kali Bari Temple, Umiya Mata Temple, and BAPS Swami Narayan Temple.

VHP-America, Chicago, held a Pran Pratishtha Car Rally Dec. 23, 2023, to invite temples in US to the Shree Ram Mandir Ayodhya Pran Pratishtha Pujan scheduled for Jan. 24, 2024. Some of the participants pose for a photo. PHOTO: Organizers

The event began with Puja and Aarti at the Hanuman Mandir, and each temple along the route received an invitation to the Shree Ram Mandir Ayodhya Pran Pratishtha Pujan, courtesy of the Vishwas Hindu Parishad of America. Amitabh Mittal, the General Secretary, presented each temple with a statue of Ram Parivar, Kalash, Holy Water of Gangotri, Shri Hanuman Sunderkand books, and Sankalp Patra.

The idea for this rally was conceived by Dipen Shah (Joy). Harendra Mangrola, president of the Chicago Chapter, and his team of volunteers worked tirelessly to do the groundwork, making sure route options were confirmed, establishing contact with temple priests and management, and coordinating the logistics of the rally.

Organizers hold up a banner showing the date of the January 24, 2024, inauguration at Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya, during a car rally in Chicago organized by VHP-America, Chicago Chapter, Dec. 23, 2023. PHOTO: Organizers

“This is the dream of generations. From 1528 to today, after 795 years of waiting, it is finally over. We invite all to attend and be part of this historical day,” Mangrola said.

The responsibility of arranging flags and route planning was coordinated by Nirav Patel and Dipen Joy Shah; Anurag Awasthi took care of the route and temple logistics.

Participants of all ages came together to make the rally a memorable and joyous occasion. All the temple presidents and priests expressed their gratitude towards VHPA for presenting them the Sankalp Patra and assured their full participation in the upcoming ceremonies. The excitement of the devotees at all the temples was palpable, displayed through chanting and dancing.

Mittal explained the participation details and protocol to the priests and to all the devotees present at the rally, inviting them to the Ayodhya event. Nirav Patel, during the concluding ceremony thanked the BAPS Temple team for welcoming and arranging refreshments for the rally participants.  VHPA team also thanked IUSA Media , TV Asia, ITV Gold and all the media organizations for covering the rally.



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