Welcome to North Bay Hindu Center. We urge all members of the community to take all necessary precautions during the shelter-in-place ordinance currently in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WATCH: Virtual Ram Navami Bhajan + Puja

PERFORM RAM PUJA AT HOME 

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 4 AS WE PERFORMED A BHAJAN AND PUJA IN HONOR OF THE BIRTH OF LORD RAMA. GIVEN THE SHELTER-AT-PLACE ORDINANCE, WE HAVE MADE THE RECORDING AVAILABLE ABOVE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THE VIDEO ABOVE AND THE BOOKLET BELOW AS A GUIDE TO PERFORM YOUR OWN RAM PUJA AT HOME, AT YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Download our program booklet for lyrics and puja materials:

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Community Member, 

While we continue living under shelter-at-place, the North Bay Hindu Center felt it was important to come together as a community and continue activities online. Thank you for joining us for the Virtual Ram Navami Bhajan and Puja on Saturday, April 4. We ask that you continue to pray. The puja can be done at home with the aid of the video and booklet above.

Please note that we have ongoing Gita Study groups over zoom conference every other Sunday, which started on Sunday, March 22 from 5:15-6:30 PM. If you are interested, please contact us at contactus@northbaytemple.org.

Our second session on Growing Up Hindu in America will be made available for viewing in the coming weeks. Please watch the first session, by clicking here or through the video on this home page.

 

As mentioned before, NBHC is a community based organization dedicated to provide religious, community and cultural services. While our primary goal is to serve the community in these ways, we are also deeply concerned about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic and are taking necessary precautions. 

Due to the Shelter in Place restriction imposed by Marin County, we have postponed the following events:

  • April 11, 2020 - The Earth Speaks - Spoken Poetry and Dance and Music presentation 

  • Children's Gopakuteeram Classes (2nd & 4th Sundays)

We will keep you updated as we strive forth on this uncharted journey. We seek the Lord's grace and blessings for everyone's health during this time.


Please follow all the guidelines and take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and remain healthy as we weather these difficult times. For the greater good of the community, we need to stay strong and move forward. 

For more information, click on any of the links below: 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/


Sincerely,

North Bay Hindu Center 

GROWING UP HINDU IN AMERICA

SECOND SESSION IN COMING WEEKS 

What does it mean to be Hindu?
What is the history of Hinduism in America?
How do we reclaim our identity?

This talk leads up to the ultimate resolve moving forward, which is to reclaim our Hindu identity and outlines a foundation to achieve this.

 

Ultimately, the goal is take this diverse knowledge, apply it practically to our lives and move forward with a unified vision of Hinduism. Watch the first session above.

North Bay Hindu Temple is only possible with the support and generosity of the community. We welcome all contributions, big or small. Every bit counts !

Volunteer for Temple Operations

The Temple is operated through volunteer efforts. We need volunteers to operate the temple every Sunday. Volunteer would need to open the temple, setup, perform arthi, distribute prasadam, cleanup and close the temple. Prasadam can be fruits/nuts etc or can be a vegetarian food item of individual's choice. Setup and cleanup typically take about 15 minutes each. Please consider signing up.

In honor of George Floyd

Namaste ॐ

 

Over the past few months, our lives have changed drastically as a result of COVID-19. Just as we were getting acclimated to this new reality, the ugly head of racism and bigotry came back to our national attention.

 

As a non-profit, the North Bay Hindu Center has a responsibility to our community but we must also stand together with communities in need. To our black sisters and brothers, whose ancestors helped build this country, whose Civil Rights movement allowed for our immigration to America, yet who face the reality of systemic racism on a daily basis, we kneel with you. 

 

The North Bay is not home to a large black population, but did help raise one of the most profound black voices, Tupac Shakur. Tupac lived in Marin City and attended Tamalpais High School. "You wouldn't ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love it's will to reach the sun. Well, we are the rose - this is the concrete - and these are my damaged petals."

 

In order to help them reach the sun, I have thought of how we, as a non-profit, can help make a difference in black lives. This thought was in the back of my mind when I was reading a story of “The Hunter and the Doves” to my grandkids from the Panchatantra collection of Indian folklore and short stories that have a moral message.

In search of food, a flock of doves find some grains on the ground. In their attempt to eat, they are trapped by a hunter's net. A wise dove advises each dove to clutch a part of the net and fly together in unison, carrying the net with them. The surprised hunter could not catch them as they flew to their friend, the mouse. The mouse happily nibbled at the net and one by one, all the doves were happily freed. They thanked the mouse and flew together to their destination.

Recently, we found ways to apply this story to overcome the burden of COVID-19. We came together as a community to:

  • work with NBIAA in SEWA Internationa's efforts to secure PPE equipment for Marin County

  • stitch and donate masks to local community drives

  • join hands with NBIAA to organize bi-monthly meditation sessions led by Dr. Ram Rao and facilitated by Dr. Ketan Mehta and Dr. Paulomi Shah

  • conduct a virtual Ram Navami celebration in April

 

Now, we must apply this story to helping the black community and addressing systemic racism in general. The NBHC Board will be actively pursuing a renewed call to address this in the coming weeks and months and looks forward to sharing this with all of you, starting with our quarterly newsletter in July. Any input and ideas from you are welcome. We strongly believe that unity is strength and together we are stronger. As a community, let us pray:

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niraamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
Om, May All be Happy,: May All be Free from Illness.
May All See what is Auspicious, May no one Suffer. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

In unity and solidarity,

Radhika Sitaraman, President
North Bay Hindu Center

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