Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Puja, Hawana and Sadhu Bhandara for Gurudev Swami Omkarananda
on 4th January 2009

The concluding day of the Mahotsava, timed to coincide with the anniversary of Shri Gurudev's Mahasamadhi, dawned bright and sunny after an early-morning drizzle.

A great Yagna was performed in honour of Gurudev Swami Omkarananda in Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir.

Meanwhile, Sadhus and Swamis had been arriving, and they were offered hospitality. Shri Siddhartha Krishna Ji took over the task of welcoming them and telling them about the significance of the Mahotsava. Swami Jagdishananda Ji and Swami Kaivalyananda Ji of Lochanananda Ashram, Mayakund, Rishikesh, and Swami Tirthananda Ji of Swargashram, Rishikesh, eulogized Shri Gurudev's work.

Swamiji offers the Purnahuti into the Hawana
among the chanting of  Vedic Mantras
Kumari Somashekhari talks about the Greatness of
Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati.
During Bhandara Swami Satchidananda, Treasurer of Omkarananda
Ashram Himalayas, distributed Dakshina
to all Mahants, Sadhus and Sannyasis

Conclusion of Omkarananda Mahotsava
Kumari Somashekhari Ji reminisced in feeling terms about her experiences of Shri Swami Omkarananda's kindness. Her speech was presented in highly classical Hindi and her words of Wisdom were deeply appreciated by the entire Sadhu community who participated in this event.

Swami Vishveshwarananda Ji expressed his great joy at having such a magnificent gathering on the occasion. Responding to a suggestion for a Sanskrit University, he added his own hope that one would soon take shape before long. He also thanked those present, and in particular Pandit Suresh Ji, Shri Siddhartha Krishna Ji, Swami Satchidananda Ji and Kumari Somashekhari Ji for their valuable help.

The assembled Sadhus and Swamis were then honoured at a Bhandara.