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.

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Durga Temple – The United States’ First Temple of Bhagwati Durgaji

Durga Temple pic
Durga Temple
Image: durgatemple.org

Dr. Jai N Gupta is the founder and trustee emeritus of Durga Temple, a Hindu temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia. The Durga temple was the first temple of Bhagwati Durgaji built in the United States. Dr. Jai N. Gupta served as its construction manager and earliest financier.

The temple is considered a place of worship for individuals of all Hindu faiths, and all Hindu festivals are celebrated equally. Deities in the temple include Durgaji, Shri Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parivar, Balaji, Lakshmi-Narayanji, and others. Its religious services include wedding ceremonies, Mata Ki Chowki, Mata Jagran, Akhand Ramayan, Santi Path, and others.

The temple’s inauguration ceremony took place in March 1999, but construction of the temple’s dome was not completed until seven years later in March 2006. Since its inception, the temple has welcomed individuals from all faiths and has made it its mission to enrich the lives of all those who choose to worship in the temple.