SVAAGATAM VENKATA KRISHNA
The Lord of Udupi and Tirumala has arrived in Austin!
Faithful devotees of Aastika-Nagara, thank you for coming forward and joining the once-in-a-lifetime divine opportunity
welcoming Him to our home town along with Parivaara Devata-s Vayu, Shiva, Ganesha and Guru Raghavendra Swamy.
Viewing the whole world as a single family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam), Shri Venkata Krishna Vrundavana is an inclusive mission open to all with the sole objective of bringing the Lord closer to His devotees.
As summed up in the Aikamatya Sukta that concludes the Rig Veda:
saṅgacchadhvaṃ saṃvadadhvaṃ saṃvo manāṃsi
jānatāṃ evā bhāgaṃ yathāpūrve sañjānānā upāsate ||
संगच्छध्वं संवदध्वं संवो मनांसि जानतां देवा भागं यथापूर्वे संजानाना उपासते ।।
Let us unite and be together, speak together, agree in thought and receive
our share of blessings, just as the united Devata-s did in the past.
Udupi Krishna and Austin
Austin is connected with Lord Krishna & Swamiji since 1997. Swamiji affectionately calls Austin “Aastika Nagara” given its large number of devoted believers!
Austin devotees have been blessed to offer Seva many times to 700+ year old Puttige Samsthaana Deities including Mahapooja, Evening Cradle Pooja and HH Swamiji Paada Pooja during visits to their homes!
Swamiji has also given Mantra Deeksha (initiation to meditate), Anugraha Sandesha (inspirational messages), Paatha (classes) and Maarga Darshana (spiritual guidance) for the upliftment of devotees, especially the younger generation who enjoy interacting with Him.
Austin Hindu Temple too has had the good fortune of hosting Lord Vitthala with Swamiji multiple times for Poojas including recently for Svaagatam Venkata Krishna, presiding over 2006 Kumbhabhisheka Homa, and blessing the consecration of Lakshmi Devi icons in 2018.
Viewing the whole world as a single family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) with a focus on aspiring good souls (Sajjana Samooha), Swamiji has been showing the path of devotion (Bhakti Maarga) to uplift all devotees globally for over five decades.
HH Puttige Swamiji has now established Shri Venkata Krishna Vrundavana in Austin starting with a Priest House – a unique enablement for all Aastika Nagara devotees to benefit from Hindu Samskaara (tradition) for generations to come!!