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!!