Newah Organization of America (NOA) is pleased to announce the successful completion of 4th Group Kayeta Puja Ceremony on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Hindu Temple of Adelphi, Maryland. The ceremony began and welcome all with traditional Instruments Dhimey and Bhusya on a beautiful summer day. The ceremony was performed and concluded by renowned Newah Priest Mr. BasavRajopadhyay, preparations underway and ceremony began around 11:00 am for five hours.
This year participators were: Mr. BarsatThapa (son of Basanta& Padma ShresthaThapa), Mr. IshaanShrestha (son of Prabhash&RinaShrestha), Mr.KisnMathema (son of Suraj& Puja Mathema), Mr. SahilShrestha (son of Kishor&ShovaShrestha), Suvan Raj Shrestha (son of Raj &Shritu Joshi Shrestha), Mr Shiva and UtsavManandhar (son of Suman& Bandana Manandhar). from four different states Maryland (2), Virginia (2), New York (2) and West Virginia (1) participated in the Group Kayeta Puja Ceremony. NOA congratulates these fine young boys for the completion of the Kayeta Puja,
More than 200 persons including parents, their relatives, friends, community members and well wishers attended the ceremony to blessed young boys. Attendees enjoyed a light breakfast and delicious vegetarian lunch after the ceremony.
>>NOA President Mr. Ram LalShrestha welcomed all participants, their families, and guests, and expressed appreciation for their participation in this very important ritual ceremony. Mr. Shrestha thanked the NOA EC members, their spouses and volunteers for their tireless efforts to run this event successfully. He also expressed special thanks to the Embassy of Nepal Charge d’ Affaires A.I. Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire, NOA founding members and First Past President Mr. Beda Pradhan and his spouse Mrs. Vidya Pradhan for serving as Nayo and Naki. He also thanks to the The Hindu Temple for providing venue for the ceremony and extend its special thanks to Mrs. Chitra Shrestha for the coordinating preparation of puja, Airzone Travel for printing brochures, Mr. Kiran Shrestha for photography, Mr. Yagya Man Shakya for videography, Mr. Sushil Lal Shrestha for sound system, and Mr. Bishwo Raj Thapa (enepalese.com) and all Media for covering the event.>
Newah priest Mr. BasavRajopadhyay initiated the Pitri (Nandimukhi) Shradda with Past President Mr. Bed Pradhan, inviting his ancestors and those of all 7 participants. The puja proceeded in a complete and fully traditional way, finishing around 4:00 PM with attendees receiving blessings from the priest. The crowd enjoyed gathering to witness the boys’ ceremonial seven steps on betel nuts and betel nut leaves, with highly entertaining and lively chases by the maternal uncles
The festivities concluded with thanks from NOA President to all those who contributed food and beverages to all participants. The food contributors were: Mr./Mrs. Ram LalShrestha, Mr./Mrs. Sushil Lal Shrestha, Mr./Mrs. Mahindra Pradhan, Mr./Mrs. Pushkar Prajapati, Mr./Mrs. Rajesh Lal Shrestha, Mr./MrsDivakar Dhaubhadel, Mr./Mrs. Yagya Man Shakya, Mr. KiranRanjit, Mr./Mrs. Season Shrestha, Mr./Mrs. Ravi Pradhan, Mr./Mrs. Bishomver Pradhan.
Naki. NOA First President Mr. Bed Pradhan distributed certificate of completion to all participants and NOA president Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha presented NOA memorable gifts to all participants parents, Nayo and Naki of the ceremony Mr./Mrs Bed Pradhan and Embassy of Nepal Charge d’ Affaires A.I. Mr./Mrs. Rishi Ram Ghimire. Mr. Suman Manandhar and Mr. Prabhash Shrestha, parent of participant expressed special thanks for the well organized event and lively ceremony and wish NOA for a success these kinds of events in future.
Event and commended NOA for its ongoing success and work promoting and preserving Newah culture and tradition alive in the United State. It was a wonderful ceremony and NOA is very proud to serve the community in the U.S. with events like this. We warmly invite the community to join and support NOA in future events to continue to promote and preserve our traditions and culture.
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>Dear NOA friends and community members,>
We are pleased to announce that the Newah Organization of America (NOA) is organizing Group Kayeta Puja (Bratabandha) Ceremony in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The traditional Kayeta Puja rituals will be performed by renowned Newah priest Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay.
Venue: The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington,
10001 Riggs Road, Adelphi, MD 20783
Date: Saturday July 12, 2014
Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
NOA have been organizing a different Newah’s religious and cultural tradition holding various cultural and ritual programs to serve and facilitate our increase number of community in the United States.
Kayeta Puja is a rite of passage where a boy becomes young adult by accepting the sixteen cultural traits; Sodash Sanskaar - daily, annual and other rituals. Then he becomes 'Dweeja' - twice born - culturally.
It is a milestone in the life of young men; it is considered the beginning of manhood. We welcome your participation at this important milestone for boys in our Newah community.
Pleasee contacts any one of the following organizers to register a young man to be part of the ceremony.
Mr. Ram Lal Shrestha : 240-581-0078
Mr. Basav Rajopadhyay : 410-530-7312
Mrs. Babita Shrestha : 703-477-6920
Mr. Sushil L. Shrestha: 571-278-7702
Mr. Mahindra Pradhan: 301-821-2796
Mr. Rajesh L. Shrestha: 301-905-7348
Mr. Diwakar Dhaubadel: 703-270-8456
Mr. Kiran Ken Ranjit: 240-705-2754
M r. Yagya Man Shakya: 347-276-4846
Mr. Pushkar Prajapati : 703-270-8456
The Executive Committee
Newah Organization of America
>>Press Release: Sunday, May 25, 2014>
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Newah Organization of America (NOA) held its successful and festive 13th Annual Convention and General Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. The convention theme was “Diversity Among the Newars.” With more than 200 attendees, the program was enjoyed by a cross-section of the Newah and Nepalese community from the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as guests from several states, Canada, and Nepal.
The program started with a warm welcome by Dhimay Baja and the Pancha Kanyas: Miss Bibhusa Pikha Miss Mala Pradhan, Miss Lujala Ranjit, Miss Kate Shrestha, and Miss Prisha Shrestha. NOA General Secretary Mrs. Babita Shrestha and NOA Member-At-Large Mr. Pushkar Prajapati served as Emcees and called the meeting to order. Chief Guests Dr. Juhee Gubhani of Edmonton, Canada and the Embassy of Nepal's Charge d' Affaires a.i. Mr. Rishi Ram Ghimire inaugurated the 13th convention by lighting the traditional oil lamp, Twadewa, assisted by Mrs. Meena Pradhan and Mrs. Chitra Shrestha. Mrs. Chhaya Pradhan and Mrs. Sunita Shrestha presented badges and Khatas to the Chief Guests and the special guests.
NOA President Mr. Season Shrestha delivered his last presidential address, welcoming all guests and organization representatives, thanking attendees for their continued support, and expressing gratitude to the Chief Guests and Special Guests for travelling to join the 13th Annual Convention. He briefly introduced the great scholars on the day's program and took a few moments to appreciate the contributions of the outgoing Executive Committee, their families, the Election Commission, and other key advisors and volunteers for their amazing work for the Newah community.