Mahashivratri Festival (Feb 26, 2006)
Maha Shivaratri satsang & Gangapunjan
More than 25, 000 devotees thronged the Lord Vishvanath Temple to pray and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri ( February 26, 2006) at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. Fasting devotees were immersed in prayers and thoughts of the Deity who conquers death. Ashram's Holy Shri Vishwanath Temple was agog with worship of Lord Shiva. The Siva Lingam was worshipped by washing it with milk, curd, honey and rose water as the chants of Vedic Hymns, Namakam, Chamakam, Rudram and "Om Namah Shivaya" in praise of Siva continued.Continuous twenty five hours Siva Lingam worship services, including Lagurudra began in the early hours of dawn, 4.00am on February 26, 2006 until the next day 5.00 am on February 27, 2006. Siva Lingam was adorned with special Shringar and Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj performed Bhasma Arati.Siva temple was full of Bel (Bilva) leaves, which were offered to the Lingam. Bel leaves are believed to be very sacred. Bhakti Sangeet (Devotional Songs) in praise of the Lord by different musical groups (from 5.30pm until 5.00am) added a special fervor to already charged atmosphere with divine vibrations. Mahaprasad was served to all on next day Feb 27, 2006.
On Feb 5, 2006 a grand meeting was organized to celebrate Rev.Sri Guruji Golvalkarji Maharaj founder of Rastriya Swayam Sevak Sangh at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
On Feb 11, 2006 Sri Astik Samajam organized H. H. Sri Swami Ishwaranandaji Maharaj's satsang at the Ashram. His enlightening discourse was attended by a large numbers of devotees.
On Feb 12, 2006, on full moon day (holy Poornima) a group recitation of Sri Lalita Sahasranama was organized by Tamil Mahila Sangham. About three hundred ladies participated in this Divine worship at Sri. Ashtalakshmi Bhavan.
On Feb 14 2006, a special worship and Laghurudra was performed by Vaidik Samajam at Lord Vishvanath Temple of the Ashram.
Spiritual Tour and programs of H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj during the month of February 2006.
At Bhandu - Mehsana in Gujarat
The month of February commenced with a visit to Institute of Technology at Bhandu in Mehsana District on Feb 1, 2006. Pujya Swamiji addressed to students in three sessions on the subject “Success in Life" and how to achieve it. To celebrate Rev. Swamiji's visit to their institute hundred and sixty one students volunteered themselves for blood donation. Also "Tree plantation" of large numbers of trees was done by students in the presence of Swamiji Maharaj.
On Feb 2, 2006 late afternoon, Rev. Swamiji paid his homage to famous Sri Santaram Mandir of Nadiad on the occasion of celebration of 175th year of their establishment. Sri Moraribapu, Sri Rameshbhai Oza and other prominent speakers were there to join the celebration also. Swamiji spoke on 'Sadhana' based on the Chapter Thirteen of Bhagavad-Gita.
At Vadodara - Gujarat
On Feb 2, 2006 Yajanopavit (sacred thread ceremony) of Sri Ashraykumar, a son of Pujya Goswami Sri Dwarkeshlalji Maharaj was performed in holy presence of. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's at famous Polo Club of Baroda. It was a joyous time for all the members of Shivananda Parivar present there.
On Feb 3, 2006 at the invitation of Mr. Parekh, President of Bar Association of Supreme Court, Delhi, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj graced the International Bar Association Club. Very prominent lawyers and judges attended the Satsang of Sri Swamiji, where he spoke on the subject of 'Law beyond the Law'. Honorable Justice Mr. V. N. Krishnana, who presided over the chair was very much impressed by Swamiji's speech and he said, "I had attended many functions and lectures in the past, but this one was simply unique . It was eye opener and challenging too."
While returning to Ahmedabad, Swamiji stopped by at Delhi again on Feb 25, 2006. During this time he had a satsang and program at Dwarka.
Visit to Orissa
Pujya Swamiji with a group of devotees had a darshan of Lord Jagannath at Puri on Feb 4, 2006 on their way to Kendrapada , where Swamiji was scheduled to have program.
Srimad Bhagvat –Katha at Kendrapada (Orissa), Feb 5, 2006 –Feb 12, 2006
Honoring repeated humble requests of Brahmacharini Sri Divya Chaitanya Mataji, Swamiji visited Sri Divya Chaitanya Adhyatma Sadhana Ashram at Kendrapada for Srimad Bhagvat Katha. Evening discourses were held from 6.30pm - 10.00 pm everyday and a large numbers of devotees attended them. Also a group of devotees from Ahmedabad including Smt. Poonam Thawani, Smt Prama & Tapan Mankodi , Sri Ashvin Pancholi and many more from Mumbai joined Swamiji here. Arrangements were made to serve foods to all the devotees during the entire seven days of Holy Bhagavat-Katha. On Feb 11, 2006, a grand Dental camp was organized. A team of Dental Surgeons together with Para-medical staff gave dental check up to about 447 patents and 142 patients were treated for minor surgery, tooth extractions etc. Food was also served to everyone who attended dental camp.
Large gathering of about four thousand people were present on concluding ceremony of Srimad Bhagavat -Katha on Feb 12, 2006. Mahaprasad was served to all. Surya Pooja and holy Sri Vishnu Mahayajna were performed in traditional manner all seven days during Swamiji’s stay here.
Swamiji was a regular visitor at M / S. Navbharat Ferrow Alloys, Palvancha (A. P.). One of their new adventures is Navfall, Angul. On Feb 11, 2006 Swamiji graced the newly installed Industries, its cupola's and iron ore and manganese division. Tree plantation was done and Swamiji addressed all the employees. All were happy to have Swamiji with them at Navfall, Angul.
At the request of many sincere devotees of the Divine Life Society, Nimapada branch (Orissa), Rev. Swami visited Nimapada two times on his way and returning back on Feb 5, 2006 and from Feb 13, 2006 to Feb 15, 2006. Sri Virendra Das, inmate of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad had arranged the program here. Morning Meditation and evening Gita discourses in local Oriya language by Swamiji attracted a large number of devotees.
Konark is situated on the sea shore of East Coast of India and it is very famous for its Sun Temple. Swamiji Maharaj and his group of devotees went to Sun Temple as well as Utkal Natya Sabha of famous Kalaguru Sri Gangadhar Praradhan. .
Swami Chidananda Shanti Ashram,
On Feb 15, 2006 Sri Swami Maharaj and his large group visited Baliguali. Satsang and meditation were the principal program at this Holy Institute. All Mahatmas of the ashram gave warm welcome to entire group. Sri Swamiji shared his love with the deers of the ashram too!
Upon request of a few devotees of Holy Sri Sivananda Parivar, Swamiji visited DLS branch of Bhubaneshwar and had wonderful satsang at Sri Prabhakarbhai Das's house.
On his way to Bangalore, Swamiji Maharaj was halted at N. T. Rama Rao International Airport, Hyderabad. Number of devotees came for Sri Swamiji's darshan and had memorable satsang at Hyderabad Airport.
At Banglore (Feb 17,2006- Feb 19, 2006)
Golden Jubilee of Sri Sri Sri Ravishankarji and a Silver Jubilee of His renowned institute 'The Art of Living’ was celebrated from Feb 17, 2006 – Feb 19, 2006 at Pukkar Airport ground. H. E. Abdul Kalam, President of India, Sri Lalkrishna Advani, Sri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Chief Ministers and Governor's from other states and Dignitaries, Ministers/ Presidents from hundred and forty two countries attended the function. Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji too was one of the important invitees and they shared their special love, regards and reverence for each other.
Pujya Swamiji with Sri Sr. Sri Ravishankarji
As per the news by local television and media, about three million devotees attended the function everyday.
Lucknow (Feb 20, 2006- Feb 24, 2006)
At the invitation of Indian Medical Association, Lucknow Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited Lucknow. Meditation session discourses and press meets were organized at Indian Medical Association in Lucknow- hall, at King George Medical College.Also satsang were held at various places namely, Education Research Institute, Saraswati Mandir, Nirala Nagar during his stay in Lucknow. Sri Swamiji Maharaj graced devotee's home at their request and had memorable evening with late Dr. Mini Goel's family with Gurupaduka Poojan and Satsang.
Thanks to Dr. Anil Srivastava and Dr. Mrs. Renu Srivastava for organizing this trip to Lucknow for the benefits of many people.
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