via Rishikesh, from 21st March till 23rd March 2016
The Celebration of Brahmotsava started with
a grand Yajna.
Swami Vishveshwarananda offers Purnahuti to
Seeking the Blessings for a wonderful
Function Swami Vishveshwarananda
offers Arati to Gurudev
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati.
The Kalashas filled with the holy water of
Ganga and charged with powerful
Prayers are getting ready for
Abhisheka of Lord Omkara-Mahaganapati,
Kalasha-Yatra towards the respective
All have reached in front of the Shrine of
where some Kalashas are placed for
Priest Sanjay Panditji receives the
Kalashas for the Abhisheka of
Lord Mahakala-Bhairava and blesses
everybody with sprinkling of holy water.
After Abhisheka Kumari Somashekhari offers
Arati to Lord Omkara-Mahaganapati.
Arati is offered to
Everybody is watching the Arati for
After an elaborate arrangement of 1000
Kalashas filled with the holy water of Ganga,
and a beautifully
decorated Altar with the Utsava Murtis, a Photo of
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati and a Picture of Gajalakshmi,
the night Puja for the Brahmotsava started with the Recitation
Sahasranama by the Priests of
Swami Vishveshwarananda is offering Arati
for the Deities.
Mukesh Panditji is blessing all the
Flowers are offered to Paramahamsa
Rice corns, Kumkum and fresh rose flowers
are put inside every Kalasha.
The Priest applies the holy Tilak to Swami
The 3rd and final day of the Brahmotsava
started with a special Yajna.
After Purnahuti Swami Vishveshwarananda
Everybody is chanting
"Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi ki Jay!".
In the background
can be seen students of Omkarananda Gayatri Ved Vidyalaya,
part in this event.
Arati for Gurudev and all Deities by Swami
Kumari Somashekhari is offering Arati to
all the Kalashas, ready for Abhisheka.
The Priest initiates the Kalasha Yatra.
The Kalashas are carried in a Procession
The first Kalashas are placed inside the
Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi for Abhisheka.
Abhisheka for Lord Omkarananda-Hanuman.
Abhisheka to all the Navagrahas.
Abhisheka for Gurudev and Shivalingam.
Some Vedic students are powerfully chanting
Vedic Hymns, while others are
handing over all the 1000
Kalashas into Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi's Shrine,
helped by Swami
Satchidananda (sitting) and Swami Pragyananda (standing).
Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari
Somashekhari are thanking the
students for their tireless
chanting during the Main-Celebrations.
The students are receiving Vidya Prabodhini
from Kumari Somashekhari.
Sadhus are sitting in the shade of the holy
opposite Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir.
After Alankara the final Arati for
Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi takes place.
The Sadhus proceed to a Bhandara, which has
specially arranged for this occasion.
Prasadam is served to the Saints.
Mahamandaleshwar Shri Ishwar Das and
Mahants are sitting on the Dais.
Swami Satchidananda is offering Dakshina to
each and every Sadhu.
The Saints after a successful Bhandara.
The students of Omkarananda Gayatri Ved
Vidyalaya also join the Bhandara.