An Overview of BalGokul at Durga Temple

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BalGokul
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The founder and former president of EER Systems, Dr. Jai N. Gupta has more than four decades of experience in the field of electrical engineering. He currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Centerline Biomedical. An active member of his community, Dr. Jai N. Gupta is also the founder and trustee emeritus of Durga Temple.

Located in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Durga Temple of Virginia brings together all people of Hindu faiths. Established in 1991, with primary construction completed in 1996 and dome construction completed in 2006, the temple was the first Bhagwati Durgaji temple in the United States. In addition to its weekly and monthly services, the temple performs a number of religious services and rituals, including wedding ceremonies, Mata Jagran, and the Sehra Bandhi ceremony, among others.

Durga Temple also hosts BalGokul, a weekly class for children to learn about Indian and Hindu culture and practices as well as to make friends. Held on Sunday mornings between September and June, BalGokul teaches children Bhajans, which are traditional religious songs. Children also attend religious classes and receive access to more than 250 Amar Chitra Katha books.

Grouped into four different age levels, BalGokul is overseen by parents and volunteers. The children participate in two annual events and a variety of periodic events.