Month-long Hindu festival begins in Chicago

The festival paying obeisance to Lord Venkateswara started with Jaladhivasam, which involves bathing the lord's idol with water amid religious chants by devotees

Month-long Hindu festival begins in Chicago

A month-long Hindu festival, paying obeisance to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Hindu deity Vishnu, kicked off in Rolling Meadows, Chicago on July 4.

The Venkateswara and Navagraha Praana Prathistha Mahotsavam stated with Jaladhivasam, that is, bathing the lord's idol with water amid chants of “Govinda, Govinda” by devotees. The ritual was accompanied by the sounds of temple bells, conch, and musical instruments.