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'The Beacon of Light'
Bhuvaneshwar Mandir was founded in 1984 in Brooklyn, New York by Shri Prakash Gossaiji on the principles of Bhakti and Gyaan or Devotion and Knowledge. The etymology of the word Bhuvaneshwar is 'Bhuvan' + 'Ishwar', where Bhuvan means world and Ishwar means God. It is another name for Lord Shiva as this form of God is known as the God of the World.
It was the vision of Shri Prakash Gossaiji that there should a place where Hindus can congregate and be taught values such as strength, hope and love that becomes a part of one's personality where people from any background come together and pray together. Guruji's vision and work together with the founding members resulted in a place where many Hindus called a spiritual home. This is where they grew spiritually with devotion or inspired love for God and were taught methodologies of how to deal with the challenges of life by way of our Hindu Scriptures.
It was the mission of Shri Prakash Gossaiji that there should be a strong focus on developing the children especially in Religion, Culture and Education. Guruji's mission is being accomplished by the Youth Empowerment activities conducted by Acharya Arun Gossai.
In 2004, Bhuvaneshwar Mandir expanded to Ozone Park, Queens and currently the Mandir is still a beacon of light for the community for people of all backgrounds.
OUR BELOVED GURUJI
The Hindu community around the world has benefitted tremendously from Guru Ji Shri Prakash Gossai’s selfless service to society. First with the establishment of the widely popular and deeply respected Bhuvaneshwar Mandir. Guru Ji acted in capacity of founder, visionary and was the major fundraising force for the Bhuvaneshwar Mandir in New York City, Florida, and Guyana. In addition, he was the personal spiritual mentor of hundreds of young Hindus around the world. Using his mellifluous musical talents and his in depth academic approach to the teaching of Spirituality. He supported hundreds of Mandirs around the world.
Guru Ji’s work of educating, encouraging, and bringing excitement to Hindus across the world for Hinduism will always be glorified by those who were impacted positively. Guru ji is the proud father of Pratiksha Gossai and Acharya Arun Gossai, both of whom continue to serve the world in their own ways. Guru Ji has been the winner of numerous awards, including the Government of Guyana Medal of Service Award and an award from the Government of Ontario for his services to the Hindu Community in Canada.
Guruji Shri Prakash Gossai is regarded as one of the architects of Modern Hinduism in the Caribbean. At an early age, he recognized that in order to preserve the Hindu traditions and religion that our forefathers brought with them from India as well as to avoid stagnation and irrelevancy of social organization, an effective communication method needed to be developed. He has done much to popularize Hinduism around the world by bringing an unusual array of talents to his dedication of promoting Hindu Dharma, Philosophy, and Cultural Morality.
"My family & I have been attending BM for the past 5 years. From the first day, we were greeted by the members who took the time to get to know us. This gesture made us feel very welcomed & very included. We have learned so much from both Acharya Arun Ji & Acharya Leila Ji. They tirelessly share their knowledge of Vedanta with any devotee who’s willing to accept the teachings. The spiritual education I've received under their guidance has positively impacted my life in every aspect possible. I’m studying Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, The Ramayana & learning Hindi & Sanskrit also. BM is now my spiritual home as I continue to grow."
- Kamini U.