Holidays and Celebrations


Shiva Sai Mandir celebrates holidays based on calculations specifically for the Western hemisphere, so our timing may be one or two days different from the Indian calendar.

Our celebrations are simple, family oriented and joyfully participatory.  Each celebration is connected with a community seva project which brings the blessing of our celebration tangibly into the world.


 Winter Solstice Celebration 2017

Please join us on the longest night of the year as we welcome in a new season at this Winter Solstice gathering. Winter is a time for reflection, quietude and lighting the inner light. You are cordially invited to the following activities:

6 pm – Potluck Banquet
7 pm – Kirtan,
7:30 pm – Planetary Fire Ceremony

Please bring the following: a dish to share for the potluck, fruit or flowers for the fire ceremony and a good will donation (this helps support the cost of the event and is an expression of your appreciation). RSVPs are appreciated and allow us to prepare for you, please email You are also asked to bring at least one item from the following list:

• Cologne and aftershave
• Vaseline
• Shaving cream
• Shampoo, especially individual bottles
• Lotion, especially individual bottles
• Bars of soap
• Foot powder and body powder
• Hair gel
• Deodorant, especially men’s
• Peroxide and Rubbing Alcohol
• Mouthwash

• Light jackets
• Sweatshirts
• Baseball hats
• Medium & large underwear for men & women
• Jeans
• New socks

We are collecting these items to give to the St. Francis Center as charitable gifts to help those who are homeless. By combining our ceremony together with a Seva project, we are bringing the blessings of our gathering tangibly into the world.

2018 Holiday Pujas

  • Kaleshwar Jayanti, Sunday, Jan. 7 (5-7 pm, Kirtan and Meditation) and
    Monday, Jan. 8 (7-8 pm, Guru Homa)
  • Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja, Sunday, Jan. 21, 6-6:30 pm
  • Spring Navaratri, Mar. 17-25, 6-6:30 pm
  • Akshaya Tritaya, Wednesday, Apr. 18, 6-6:30 pm
  • Narasimha Jayanti, Friday, Apr. 27, 6-6:30 pm
  • Buddha Purnima (part of Full Moon Homa observance), 7-9 pm
  • Hanuman Jayanti, Thursday, May 10, 6-6:30 pm
  • Krishna Janmashtami, Sunday, Sept. 2, 6-6:30 pm
  • Fall Navaratri, Sept. 20-29, 6-6:30 pm
  • Lalita Janmashtami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 6-6:30 pm


2018 Holiday Celebrations

  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, Ganesh Puja and Full Moon Homa (Ganesh Puja and Kirtan, Potluck Dinner and Fire Homa), 6-9 pm.
  • Maha Ratri Festival, Feb. 13-15, dusk to dawn — 6:30 pm, Feb. 13, through 7:30 am., Feb. 14. All night observance, meditation and pujas. Temple open house, Wed., Feb. 14, and Thurs., Feb. 15. New Moon Fire Ceremony.
    New Moon fire ceremony, noon and 7 pm, Feb. 15th.
  • Navaratri Festival, 6 pm Devi pujas every night, March 17 through 24th.
    Victory Day celebration, Sunday, March 25th.
    Spring equinox celebration, Tuesday, March 20th, 6 to 8 pm. This celebration will include the fourth day of Navaratri, Devi puja, planetary puja, kirtan and potluck dinner.
  • Summer Solstice celebration, Thursday, June 21st, 6-9 pm – planetary puja, kirtan, potluck dinner.
  • Guru Purnima celebration, Friday, July 27th, 6-9 pm – Guru fire ceremony, kirtan and potluck dinner.
  • Raksha Banda Celebration, Saturday, August 25th, 6-8 pm – family and ancestor puja and kirtan.
  • Navaratri Festival, 6 pm Devi pujas every night, September 20th through 29th.
    Victory Day and Baba Maha Samadhi Day celebration, Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2-6 pm – fire ceremony, kirtan, Baba Abhishek and Aarti, and potluck dinner.
    Autumn Equinox, Saturday, September 22nd, 7-9 pm – planetary puja, kirtan and potluck.
  • Divali and New Moon celebration, Wednesday, November 7, 7-9 pm – New Moon prosperity fire ceremony, Divali celebration, kirtan, sharing of prasad and gift exchange.
  • Winter Solstice celebration and Dattatreya puja, Friday, December 21st, 7-9 pm. Planetary puja, Dattatreya puja, kirtan and potluck dinner.

“The night is black. Kindle the lamp of love with thy life and thy devotion.” – Rabindranath Tagore



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