Sacred Deities

Lord Ganesh

ganeshLord Ganesha is the presiding deity of the Temple. Ganapati or Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and one of the most worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found universally. Ganesha is Vighneshvara or Vighnaraja or Vighnaharta the Lord of Obstacles, both of a material and spiritual order. He is popularly worshipped as a remover of obstacles. It is strongly believed that Siddhi Vinayak takes away all the obstacles and blesses the devotees with success and prosperity. Many people from other states visit Siddhi Vinayak of Jacksonville.
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Lord Shiva

lordsivaShiva means “The Auspicious One”, also known as Mahadeva (“Great form of God”), is one of the main deities of Hinduism. He is the one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hindhuism.
At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts. Shiva is said to be giver of divine knowledge and bliss. Shiva Linga of Jacksonville Temple was acquired from the Holy city of Kashi, and the Shiva Linga is known as famous Namadeswar (available in the Holy Narmada River). Jacksonville Temple Shiva Linga is one of the very few big size Shiva linga in United States of America.
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Lord Venkateswara or Shri Balaji

venkateshShri Balaji shrine is one of the three main shrines of Hindu Temple of Jacksonville. Lord Venkateswara, popularly known as Balaji is one of the forms of Vishnu. The most famous Balaji Temple is located on the seven Hills, known as Tirumala and Tirupathi in Southern part of India. The Tirupathi Temple is said to be one of the richest Temples in the world. Venkateswara literally means remover of sins and giver of health and wealth.
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Shri Durga

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 5.32.19 PMDurga meaning “the invincible is the principal form of the Goddess, also known as Devi, Shakti Maa, Ambe Maa and Durga the mahashakti, Shri Durga is said to be the form and formless, is the root cause of creation, preservation and annihilation. In the Temple one can see Shree Durga sitting on Lion, Lion is the vehicle of Shri Durga. Mother Goddess is universally worshipped, as one of the forms of the Supreme Being.

Lakshmi Narayana

Lakshmi-NarayanaLakshmi Narayana is one of the beautiful shrines inside the Hindu Temple of Jacksonville. Lord Vishnu is also known as Narayana (all pervasive). Lord Narayana with Goddess Lakshmi (giver of wealth) were consecrated together. Followers worship Lakshmi Narayana as one of the forms of the one Almighty.

Shri Ram Parivar or Ram Darbar

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 6.03.58 PMShri Rama with his consort Sita and his brother Lakshmana, and his servant Shri Hanuman is one of the very popular form of worship in Hindu Practices. Shri Rama is the hero of the famous epic Ramayana. Rama is said to be the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. The Ramayana (Rama’s story) is said to be victory of the good, over the evil. Devotees can see beautifully decorated Ram Darbar in Hindu Society of the Jacksonville Temple. One of the popular service of Ram Darbar in the Temple is Hanuman Chalisa Path on every Tuesday.

Shri Radha Krishna

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 6.05.04 PMLord Krishna (giver of holy Gita) is presented along with his Gopi consort Radha. Lord Krishna is said to be one of the popular forms of Vishnu. Lord Krishna is considered as the supreme deity, worshipped across many traditions of Hinduism in a variety of different perspectives. Krishna is recognized as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu, and one and the same as Lord Vishnu one of the trinity

Mahavir Swamy

downloadIn the Hindu Temple we have a beautiful idol (Murti) of Mahavir Swamy. Mahavira also known as Vardhaman, was the twenty-fourth and last tirthankara of Jainism.A primary principle of Jainism is ahimsa or non-violence. Jain followers of the congregation worship Mahavir swamy twice in a month with special service.