With the blessings and guidance of the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism Jagadguru Mahasannidhanam HDH Bhagvan Nithyananda Paramashivam, and amidst great excitement and celebrations, Nithyananda Vedic Temple Seattle was inaugurated on Feb 24, 2008. In under eight months, the temple transformed from a blessing into a reality! This is the fifth Nithyananda Vedic Temple in the USA, and the first near the city of Seattle. It is now a center of socio-spiritual activities, spreading Vedic culture in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. Apart from being a temple for devotion (bhakti), it is also a school for gaining knowledge (jnana), learning meditation (dhyana) & yoga, and a community for volunteering (seva).
When Swamiji blessed the Seattle sangha (spiritual community) to form a temple, He said, ‘Since the skies are always celebrating in Seattle (referring to the rains), let the temple radiate Akasha (sky element) energy! Let you have Chidambaram in Seattle. Later, Swamiji blessed the temple with the spiritual name of ‘Seattle Chidambaram’.
ENRICHING THE COMMUNITY
In the last twelve years, this vibrant space has seen thousands of devotees experience life-changing miracles and transformation. The temple is served purely by volunteers whose mission is to enrich the world by spreading the teachings of SPH. The volunteers of the temple live inspired by the principles of integrity, authenticity, responsibility and they work to enrich others and themselves constantly. The enriching of the community happens in many ways. The temple partners with Consciousness Studies & Practices and organizes meditation, yoga and completion sessions, absolutely for FREE! We also partner with Nithyananda Annalaya and serve the local community by organizing food drive, where we have donated 5000+ pounds of organic rice to local food banks. In the past we have organized a blanket drive for homeless people, donated hundreds of dollars worth of toys to the Wellspring Family Services for homeless children, and conducted annadaan (serving free food) for the homeless residents in KCC Church in Kirkland. Events like Peace Prevails were also conducted, where a large group of people meditated near the Seattle Space Needle to celebrate Peace Day.