Press Release

New Governing Board of Directors

Press Release

The newly formed Governing Board of Directors of the Shree Pashupatinath Foundation USA has selected the following Board members to serve in its Executive Committee. This was completed at a meeting held today, October 28, 2018 at the Foundation’s headquarters in Norwalk, California. The Executive Committee and the new Board’s term of office will be 2 years.

Executive Committee of the Board:

Mr. Gokul Poudyal – President
Mr. Aka Raj Pandey – Vice President
Mr. Ram Babu Pandey – Vice President
Mr. Bimal Shrestha – Secretary
Mr. Ramchandra Lamichhane – Joint Secretary
Mr. Bhim Dhakal – Treasurer
Ms. Sushila Pandey – Joint Treasurer

Members of the Board of Directors:

Mr. Basu Dev Ghimire – Board Member
Mr. Dilli Thapa – Board Member
Mr. Eka Dev Sharma – Board Member
Mr. Ganga Basnet – Board Member
Mr. Gyanendra Gurung – Board Member
Ms. Indira Tripathi – Board Member
Mr. Kedar Paudel – Board Member
Mr. Nog (Deepak) Pathak – Board Member
Mr. Rajesh Pandey- Board Member
Mr. Rameshor Bhandari – Board Member
Ms. Sabitra Oli – Board Member
Mr. Tilak Karki – Board Member
Mr. Upendra Neupane – Board Member
Mr. Upendra Sapkota – Board Member

Let us join hands to congratulate the new Executive Committee and the Board and wish them well for their successful tenure.

Sincerely,
Bhakta Thapa
Immediate Past President and
Chair of the Nomination and Selection Committee

$340,000 RAISED DURING PRAN PRATISTHA CEREMONY

February 16, 2018

$340,000 RAISED DURING PRAN PRATISTHA CEREMONY

Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA raised about $340,000.00 (Three Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars) during the three-day Pran Pratistha Ceremony of deities’ images at Shree Pashupatinath & Buddha Mandir held on February 11-13, 2018. The program was a grand success; about 2,500 devotees visited the temple during the ceremony, 18 devotees donated $11,111.11 each, over 100 devotees donated $501 each for the Murtis, and numerous others contributed cash and checks for the Pran Pratistha Puja.

The Foundation expresses its sincere gratitude to all the devotees who visited the temple, donated for the temple, and volunteered during this historic ceremony; the volunteers worked tirelessly to make this ceremony a grand event. The temple is now open to the public, and we heartily welcome our valued community members to the temple. Please visit our website for the temple opening hours.

Our Shree Pashupatinath and Buddha Mandir is the greatest achievement of the diaspora Nepalese community residing in Southern California; the dream of the Southern California-based Nepalis to have a temple of their own has become a reality. This huge project would not have been possible without the united efforts of our community members who have donated from a penny to over $135,000, who have devoted their valuable time in accomplishing the mission of the Foundation, and who have utilized their expertise in every step of its construction. We are proud that our temple replicates the Nepalese religious characteristics, and we hope this temple will be instrumental in preserving and promoting our age-old language, religion, culture, identity, and tradition in the United States. The Foundation is committed to cooperating and collaborating with the local Nepalese community organizations in providing the best service to our community.

We express our sincerest gratitude to our valued donors, community members, representatives of local community organizations, advisors, entrepreneurs, journalists, volunteers, and professionals for their continued support and cooperation. Please feel free to visit our office or email us at info@pashupatinathfoundation.org if you have any suggestions or comments.

Rameshor Bhandari
Secretary
Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA

City approves temple construction

Press Release
(December 19, 2017)
City approves temple construction

Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA today obtained a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Norwalk to carry out its religious and cultural activities in its newly constructed temple located at 10843 Kenney Street, Norwalk, CA 90650. The construction of Shree Pashupatinath & Buddha Mandir has been approved by the City, and we can now open the doors of the temple to the public. This is the greatest achievement of the diaspora Nepalese community residing in Southern California; now the dream of the Southern California-based Nepalis to have a temple of their own has become a reality. We will organize a very special PRANPRATISTHA (life-giving) ceremony within two months and open the temple to the public and conduct puja every day; the date and nature of the ceremony will be announced soon.

With the certificate of occupancy in our hands, we have started finalizing the list of murti sponsors to carve on the temple wall permanently. We are grateful to those who have already donated for murti purchase and urge all valued community members to not miss this golden opportunity to sponsor a deity; this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This huge project would not have been possible without the united efforts of our community members who have donated from a penny to over $125,000, who have devoted their valuable time in accomplishing the mission of the Foundation, and who have utilized their expertise in every step of its construction. We are proud that our temple replicates the Nepalese religious characteristics, and we hope this temple will be instrumental in preserving and promoting our age-old language, religion, culture, identity, and tradition in the United States. The Foundation is committed to cooperating and collaborating with the local Nepalese community organizations in providing the best service to our community.

We hope to welcome our valued community members to our temple very soon, and we believe that the Nepalese of all religious, cultural, and political faiths will be able to unite at the center. We express our sincerest gratitude to our valued donors, community members, representatives of local community organizations, entrepreneurs, journalists, volunteers, and professionals for their continued support and cooperation. Please feel free to visit our office or email us at info@pashupatinathfoundation.org if you have any suggestions or comments.

Rameshor Bhandari
Secretary
Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA

Foundation obtains business license

Press Release   (February 25, 2015  )
Foundation obtains business license
Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA today obtained a Business License Certificate(#112639) from the City of Norwalk to carry out its religious and cultural activities in its property located at 10843 Kenney Street, Norwalk, CA 90650. We are now authorized to organize religious, cultural, and community programs in the property we bought more than two years ago. This is one of the greatest achievements of the diaspora Nepalese community residing in Southern California. The Foundation was desperately waiting for the occupancy permit and a business license for the last one-and-a-half years, and it was being delayed because of an unauthorized building modification apparently done by the previous owner and the amendments to the city’s building rules and regulations since the building was originally built. Shree Pashupatinath Foundation, USA will organize all the religious and cultural activities in its own property from now onwards.

The Foundation has already initiated process to procure the murtis (images) of deities by forming a Murti Purchase Committee comprising Bhakta Thapa (coordinator), Rishi Dhakal, Akaraj Pandey, Dr. Deepak Simkhada, and Dr. Jeet Joshee; community members and/or experts will be added as needed. We request all our community members to offer suggestions about murtis and recommend agents/suppliers in Nepal and India. We will start installing the images of gods and goddesses soon.

This huge project would not have been possible without the united efforts of our community members, who have donated from a penny to $111,111.11. Our mission is to build a temple that will replicate the Nepalese religious characteristics and preserve and promote our age-old language, religion, culture, and tradition in the United States. The Foundation’s current board is relentlessly moving ahead in accomplishing its mission through cooperation and collaboration with the Nepalese community members and local Nepalese organizations.

We have been able to strengthen our financial condition in the last four years although we are still short of about $500,000 to complete the first phase of the project, i.e. to pay off the mortgage and install the murtis of gods and goddesses in the property we own now. After collecting opinions from community members and pundits, the board has decided to install the images of Shiva, Ganesh, Durga, Saraswati, Bishnu, and Buddha. We are looking for donations to bring the temple components, including Shiva Linga and Gajur from Nepal. If you are interested in sponsoring the temple components, please contact one of our directors or our office.

We hope to welcome our valued community members to our temple premises very soon, and we believe that the Nepalese of all religious, cultural, and political faiths will be able to unite at the center. We express our sincerest gratitude to our valued community members, representatives of local community organizations, donors, entrepreneurs, journalists, and professionals for their continued support and cooperation. Please feel free to visit our office or email us at info@pashupatinathfoundation.org if you have any suggestions or comments.

Rameshor Bhandari
Secretary