Religious Services and Rituals:
Hindus believe that by performing rituals they can get rid of hostile influences
and at the same time attract beneficial ones so that they can make progress in their
lives materially as well as spiritually without any impediments. The material aim
of the rituals is to gain intellect, long life, health, pregnancy, strength, wealth
and cattle. From the standpoint of hygiene, performing various rituals washes out
the impurities. It is also believed that the upanayana, and vivaha samskaras with
Vedic hymns enables a person to perform all kinds of sacrifices befitting an Aryan
and increases his or her status in the society. Thus the Hindu rituals have multipurpose.
They have spiritual, health, material and social purposes.
In addition, the rituals have moral purpose as well since it also lays down the
rules of conduct that should be followed by an individual with discipline. In turn,
these rules of conduct help an individual to develop his or her personality. The
rituals constitute the elements such as fire (Agni), prayers, appeals, and blessings,
sacrifices, lustration, orientation, and symbolism.
For all your religious services needs listed below, please contact Durga Temple
@ 703-690-9355 or any of the temple priests.
Please Note: Pundit’s dakshina is Not oncluded in the below listed donations
payment / donation: Please remit funds or donate on-line via PayPal whenever possible.
We have set this for your convenience and efficient processing of your request.
You are welcome to pay via check or credit card at the temple office. Please see
the temple manager. No Cash, please. Any service away from the temple, milage rate
should be given @ .50 per mile with dakshina.
For Poojas Performed Outside Washington DC Metropolitan Area: First
Day (up to first day's 8pm) - $151/- for a temple; $ 201/- for all others. Each
additional day: From 8pm to next day 8pm - $201/-. Accommodation and travel expenses
for the priest must be provided.
For any clarifications or requesting any deviations from above the guidelines, please
contact the Temple’s Head priest, religious coordinator or the president of the
Payment / Donation Via On-Line: Please remit funds and fees on-line
via PayPal whenever possible. We have set this for your convenience and efficient
processing of your request. You are welcome to pay via check as before or credit
card. The machine is active at the temple office. Please see the temple manager.