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January- 2005

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New -Year “Welcome – Satsang” ( Jan 1, 2005 )  

The New Year 2005 commenced with a joyous and very pleasant evening function on Jan 1, 2005 at Sivanada Ashram, Ahmedabad. It was marked by the presence of H. E. Governor of Gujarat ,  Mr. Navalkishor Sharmaji and the Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University Sri. A. U. Patel. A group of Cardiovascular Surgeons, Physicians and Research Scholars were invited to attend this function and Dr. Naranjan Dhalla (E. D) from Cardiovascular Research Institute, Winnipeg (Manitoba University) Canada, was greeted and honored for his meritorious services to Mother India. Also present at this function was a group of established Yoga Students from Taiwan, Singapore, China and Los Angles (USA).

The evening function began with devotional songs by Mrs. Sima Trivedi and Mr. Jayesh Naik. The highlights of this function are:  

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New release - "Sada Sarvada Anhij" Gujarati translation (by Swami Adhyatmanandji) of 
"Forever Here"  of Gurumaharaj Sri. Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

H. E. Governor of Gujarat Sri. Navalkishor Sharmaji  & 
Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University Sri. A. U. Patel at Sivananda Ashram (Jan1, 2005)

Students from “Nrutya Bharati School of Dance” presented a beautiful Bharatnatyam dance performance, which was directed by Sri.Chandan Thakore. This beautiful welcoming New Year 2005 function was concluded with a grand dinner shared by more than eight hundred devotees.  

Advanced Yoga Training Course (Dec 31,2005 - Jan 2, 2005)

Forty-seven established students of Yoga from Yoga International China Yoga Association, headed by Mr. Thomas Kao of “Nirvana Yoga Academy ”, Beijing (China), Margaret and David from Los Angles stayed at Sivananda Ashram for advanced yoga training course. 

635th Yogasana Camp At Sivananda Ashram ( Jan 1, 2005 Jan 10, 2005 )    

At the start of New Year 2005, ten days Yoga Camp was organized at the ashram. Four Hundred seventy five people joined for early morning 5.30am to 7.00 am Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation session lead by Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. The camp was inaugurated by Sri. Dinker Mehta, a well-known entertainer.  He shared his personal health problem with others and said, “because of my obesity I have become practically handicap but a few tips of Yogasana and Pranayama by Rev.Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj have brought me a new hope of life”.

Mahabharata Katha by Sri. Kishorji Vyas ( Jan 18, 2005 Jan 26, 2005 ) 

 Ashram had arranged a week long “Mahabharata Katha” by an erudite scholar, Acharya Sri Kishoreji  Vyas from Pune( Maharashtra ). Evening discourses from 5.30 pm to 9.00 pm were attended by a large number of devotees, in spite of a cold wave in the city.  

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Rev. Sri. Kishorji Vyasji at Vyashpith (MahaBharat Katha)
" Sri Lalaji"  (Baby Krishna) adorned in a beautiful seat( stage)  

On Jan 26, 2005 being ‘The National Republic Day’, flag was hoisted in the morning at the ashram premises by Sri Kishore Vyasji. Rev. Swamiji Maharaj spoke some words of wisdom and quoted Sri Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj; “The service to the Nation comes first, society the next and self the last and the least.”

 Ram Katha by Mahamandleshwar Sri.Satyamitranandaji Maharaj(Jan 27,2005– Jan 31,2005)  

Ashram had a great privilege and honor to host Rev. Mahamandaleshwar 1008 Sri Swami Satyamitrananadaji Maharaj (Founder of Sri Bharat Mata Mandir and president of Samanvya Trust, Haridwar). Before the start of discourses on  Ram Katha by His Holiness, "Maruti Yagna" was performed in the Yagnashala of the ashram from Jan 24, 2005- Jan 26, 2005 . On Jan 25, 2005 , before the “Murti Pratisha” (Installation of Deity), a procession (ShobhaYatra) was organized by Ashram devotees, in which, the Idols of Lord Sri Rama, Lakshman, Janki, Sri Hanuman and Sri Dattatreya were beautifully decorated and carried with chants Vedic hymns by Pundits and Ras-Garba by devotees in the streets of Ramdev Nagar and Jodhpur Village. Mahamandaleshwar 1008 Sri Swami Satyamitranandaji Maharaj, Aacharya Sri Kishoreji Vyas and Sri Swami Adhyatmananadaji also joined in this Shobha Yatra. Aha, what a divine sight! It would instantly elevate a person in a different realm from this mundane life. 

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Ashram was blessed by many Saints and Mahatamas

H. H. Sri SwamiVaikunthanandaji Maharaj from the H.Q. of   DLS, Sivananada Ashram, Rishikesh, H. H.  Sri Swami Ramanandaji Maharaj from the DLS, Hyderabad, H. H. Sri Swami Viditananadaji Maharaj from Adhyatma Vidya Mandir, Tatva Tirth, (Thaltej), H. H. Sri Swami Bhajan Prakashanandaji Maharaj (Ranava, Porbandar), Srimat Swami Paramanandaji Maharaj Gotri (Baroda) and Sri Swami Divyanandaji from Shymalaji (Khedbrahma), H.H.Sri Swami Gurukrupanandaji Maharaj (Khedbrahma) and Swamini Suryananda Mataji from Sananda were also present to grace this occasion.

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On Jan 26, 2005 with great devotion and reverence, installations of the Deities (Murti Pratistha) in traditional manner were performed in the newly built Sri Ram - Hanuman – Dattatreya temple at the Ashram. The temple structure was a generous seva from Rev. Sri Shambhu Singhji, a building contractor as a token of his love for Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Also Bhumi- Poojan was done and Foundation stone was laid for the Sivananda Publication Department Seva.   

Sri Jayesh Nayak & Smt.Sima Trivedi, Dr.Suramani Monika Shah, Pandit Sri Krishnakant Parikh, Pundit Niraj Chandra, Pundit Nayan Maharaj, Smt.Vibhaben & Sri Rasbihari Desai sang wonderful devotional Bhajans everyday before the discourse of His Holiness Swami Satyamitranandaji Maharaj. Pundit Matang Parikh presented fusion of drum performance. Devotees pledged to send Rs.5000 money order to holy Sri Kanchi Kam Kothi Math, as a token of their love and support for the aftermath of Tsunami.  

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