Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Bliss Laden Celebration of Brahma-Mahotsava on 10th and 11th April 2006

The Second Anniversary Celebration of "Brahma-Mahotsava" of Shri Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir was exquisitely celebrated on April 10 and 11, 2006.

The ecstatic function was meticulously organised by Shri Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, here, at Muni-ki-reti.

In order to grace the occasion obviously, learned Pandits from the renowned Vedic Town of Kancheepuram were specially invited by H.H. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji, President of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, to perform this soul elevating holy ceremony elegantly. A large gathering of devotees and invitees were present on this blissful occasion.

The auspicious ceremony began in the morning of the first day with "Ganapati Navagraha Kalasha Sthapana" in which the holy Kalasha was consecrated along with chanting of hymns.

Priests during "Sahasra Kalasha Sthapana" Swami Vishveshwarananda, Kumari Somashekhari
and Swamini Vidyaprakashananda receive Prasadam

Subsequently "Ganapati Avahana Puja" was performed to invite the all-knowing Deity to bless the offering and the occasion.

Furthermore, "Ganapati Navagraha Yajna" was conducted in the Yajnashala of the temple in which H.H. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji, Swami Satchidanandaji, Swamini Vidyaprakashanandaji and Kumari Somashekhariji offered the "Ahutis" to the Deities. With "Ganapati Abhishekam" the morning program concluded with Arati, Bhog and distribution of Prasadam.

Priests conducting Puja before the "Sahasra-Kalasha-Mahabhishekam"

In the evening, "Sahasra Kalasha Sthapana" was arranged in which 1000 holy Kalashas were dedicated to all Temple Deities. Following this, Kalasha and Devi Puja were conducted and the hour long offerings ended with final Arati and Prasadam distribution to the devotees.

The second day ceremony began in the morning with "Navavarana Yajna" for Shri Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi. Subsequently, the President, H.H. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji, Swami Satchidananda and Swamini Vidyaprakashananda performed Yajnas along with the priests, dedicated to all Deities of the temple. They also performed a special "Lalita-Sahasra-Namavali-Yajna" on this occasion.

Finally, "All-Deities-Abhishekam" was conducted along with "Sahasra-Kalasha-Mahabhishekam" of Shri Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi.

Swami Vishveshwarananda, Swamini Vidyaprakashananda
and Swami Satchidananda participating in
the Lalita-Sahasra-Namavali-Yajna

The concluding ceremony of this holy "Brahma-Mahotsava" began on the second day evening with "Shri-Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Navavarana Puja" and Arati by Priests, which continued up to late evening. Hence, the successful celebration of the second anniversary of the beautiful Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir concluded with the distribution of Prasadam.

Report by Dr. Doraisamy