Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir celebrates its eighth Staphna Diwas and seventh Anniversary
North McLean, Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir celebrated its eighth Staphna Diwas (formation) day and seventh anniversary on 21st January 2024.
Many devotees and elected representatives attended the annual event on the same day despite other functions in Brisbane. The program began with bhajans by the local musical group (Mandli)
Before the official proceedings, the spiritual and religious aspects took place, including floral tributes, Ishtuthi, offering intergenerational jewellery and Bhajan by Guruma Pujniye Pundita Asha Tripathi ji. The Official proceedings began with a traditional welcome to the country by Indigenous Leader and Elder Aunty Bettey McGrady.
Umesh Chandra OAM, as MC, welcomed everyone and acknowledged all the invited VIP guests, who received the blessing and shawl of honour from His Holiness Dharam Guru Pandith Tripathi Ji. Usha Chandra read out the special message from the Queensland premier.
Christine Castley, CEO of Multicultural Australia, was the first speaker as guest of honour. She delivered a well-articulated speech on the occasion. Cr Jon Raven from Division Five of Logan City Council was the next speaker. Councillor Angela Owen, representing Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, spoke next.
Devika Maharaj recognised the sponsors and donors for the event; she also delivered a vote of thanks. Concluding remarks were made by His Holiness Dharam Guru Pandith Tripathi Ji, following which the resident Mandali sang the arathi and Bhog.
The event concluded with bhajans and Dinner for everyone. VIP guests were first invited to the dining area; it was a very successful event with everyone’s support.