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Thought for the Day:


Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati


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Vasant-Navaratri Celebrations
in Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Mandir, Muni-ki-Reti,
via Rishikesh, from 25th March 2020 to 3rd April 2020

The lovely Deity, Shri Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Devi, has Her permanent Seat
in the Yajnashala of Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Mandir. She embodies the peaceful,
loving and protecting aspect of the Divine Mother, and She is identical with
Vijaya Lakshmi or Shri Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari.

During the Celebration of Vasant-Navaratri daily additional Pujas and Prayers
were conducted in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas. Here one can see
Kumari Somashekhari performing Devi-Arati.

Somashekhari offers flowers to the Utsava Murti of Shri Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Devi.

Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda, assisted by Mukesh Panditji and
other Omkarananda Ashram Priests, took daily part in the Divine Mother Worship.

Arati for Devi by Swami Vishveshwarananda.

On 3rd April 2020, Vijaya Dashami, a grand Yajna was conducted
by the resident Ashram Priests in the Yajnashala of Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Mandir,
additional to the daily Yajnas there.

Shri Sanjay Panditji, Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati
and Kumari Somashekhari offer Ahutis.

Along with Prayers, Kumari Somashekhari offers the Purnahuti.

Pure Cow's Ghee is poured through a Dhara into Agni Devata.

Swamiji offers flowers to Durga Maa.

Assisted by Shri Sanjay Panditji, Kumari Somashekhari performs a short Puja
for the Hariyali, the sacred, green, soft grass, which had nicely grown from barley seeds.
These seeds had been planted in two earthen pots during the beginning of Navaratri
and placed at the Altar of Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Devi. After the Puja,
Somashekhari was cutting the holy grass, and then it was distributed as Prasadam.

Concluding Devi-Arati by Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari Somashekhari.

Shri Swami Satchidananda also performs the Arati for the Divine Mother.

All receive the Blessings of the Arati from the Priest.

From left to right:
Shri Swami Satchidananda Saraswati, Treasurer, Kumari Somashekhari,
General Secretary and Mahant Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati, President
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, in the Yajnashala of Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga Mandir,
after having received the Blessings of the Divine Mother on Vijaya Dashami.

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