Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Brahmotsava-Celebration in Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir,
on 7th and 8th April 2009

Holy Ganga water is brought to Omkara-Mahaganapati and Mahakala-Bhairava
to start the Brahmotsava-Function.
The annual Brahmotsava of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir was celebrated in a highly ritualistic and grand manner. The Brahmotsava Celebration lasted for two days. It started in the morning of 7th April and lasted till the late night of 8th April 2009.

On 7th April, the celebration started in the morning at the Yagnashala of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir with the Sthapana of Ganapati Kalasha and Maha-Kalabhairava Kalasha followed by Kalasha Puja and Hawana by Chief Priest Suresh Shastriji in the presence of Swami Vishveshwarananda, Swami Satchidananda, Kumari Somashekhari and other devotees and residents of the Ashram. After Hawana the Kalashas were taken inside Omkara-Mahaganapati Temple and Lord Maha-Kalabhairava Temple and Abhisheka was done followed by Arati and Prasad distribution.

Utsava Murtis (from left to right):  
Maha-Lakshmi, Omkarananda-Kamakshi-
Devi, Maha-Saraswati
The evening programme began with the Sthapana (establishing) of 1000 small Kalashas, in front of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi in the Mandapa of the Temple. Kalasha Sthapana for every Pranapratishtha Deity was done in the Temple. Omkarananda-Kamakshi Navavarana Puja was performed. Late in the night, after 10 PM, Arati was performed and Prasadam was distributed. With this, the first day celebration came to conclusion. Swami Vishveshwarananda, Swami Satchidananda, Kumari Somashekhari and other devotees were present on this occasion.

On 8th April Brahmotsava began with Lalita-Sahasranama Hawana followed by Moola Mantra Hawana for all the Pranapratishtha Deities of the Temple. This was followed by Kalasha Yatra, i.e. Parikrama, around the Temple in which Swami Vishveshwarananda and Swami Satchidananda along with Temple Priests and other Ashram Residents and Devotees participated.

Special Pujas performed by H.H. Swami
Vishveshwarananda Saraswati ji Maharaj 
during Brahmotsava
1000 Kalashas with holy Ganga water and
flowers were prepared for the offering
to Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi

Panchamrit Abhisheka for all Deities, followed by Sahasra Kalasha Abhishekam for Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi was performed. Thereafter the Devi was decorated beautifully and Arati was performed and Prasadam distributed.

Pradakshina around Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir with the holy Kalashas  on the second day of the Brahmotsava
Below: Suvasini Puja at the
conclusion of Brahmotsava
Abhishekam of the Navagraha Murtis

In the night a special Navavarana Puja of Goddess Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi was performed in the Garbha Griha (Sanctum sanctorum). At the conclusion of this wonderful, elaborate Puja, Suvasini Puja was performed and Prasadam was distributed.