Puja is for 'my sake' and not for 'God sake'!
- Pujya Acharya.
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Maha Sivaratri-2017

In commemoration of the auspicious occasion of Maha Sivaratri, puja and abhishekam were offered to Lord Shiva at the venue of the ongoing 54-day Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam by Pujya Acharya Sri Prem Siddharth ji Maharaj.
The Jnana Yagnam that commenced on the 1st of February 2017 had completed 23 momentous days. The evening of Maha Sivaratri marked the conclusion of the Nalopakhyana, an immersive and instructive story of Nala-Damayanti. In the last 7 days, Pujya Swamiji made us travel along with Nala Maharaja, vividly experiencing the difficulties that He had undergone. Simultaneously, Pujya Swamiji taught us the importance of Dharma in life along with many attitudinal and value-oriented lessons that were imaged by the Nalopakhyana. This evening, during the course of the talk, Pujya Swamiji drew an allegorical parallel between the 5 Pandavas and Nala Maharaja to highlight the intricate relation between Nalopakhyana and Mahabharata – the lines were blurred such that it was difficult to say if Nalopakhayana was a part of Mahabharata or the entire narrative of Mahabharata was encapsulated in Nalopakhyana.
As the discourse concluded, another highlight of the evening that commenced was the “Sankeertana Sandhya” a Hindustani Vocal rendition by Ms. Harina Madhavi ji and her students from Vasavi College of Music and Dance accompanied by Sri P.Bhaskar on the tabla. Madhavi ji, an MA in Hindustani Vocal and a lecturer at the Vasavi College of Music and Dance, explained the significance of the traditional bhajans before each rendition such that we were able to glimpse the hearts of many great devotees like Tulsidas ji, Mirabai ji, Dharamdas ji, Surdas ji etc. It is indeed a great blessing to have the opportunity of singing these classical bhajans in the presence of Pujya Swamiji on such an auspicious occasion and a unique opportunity for all of us to experience such great devotional music. After the Sankeertana Sandhya, the vocalists sought the blessings of Pujya Swamiji and as a symbol of His blessings, mementos were presented to them by Arsha Vidya Vahini.
As we were approaching the Lingodbhava kala, the Siva Puja and Abhishekam commenced. Panchopachara Puja was offered to Lord Siva adorning the altar by Pujya Acharya Swamiji and the disciples accompanied by the chanting of mantras from 4 Vedas, Veda Suktams and Upanishad pathanam. Abhishekam was performed with the sacred waters of Manasa Sarovar and Ganga ji. On the conclusion of the Puja, the Abhisheka jalam was given to the devotees as Tirtham along with Anna prasadam.

Audio CD Released - Sri Vishnu Shatpadi Stotram
During the auspicious Maha Sivaratri celebrations, an audio CD of the discourses of Pujya Acharya Swamiji on "Sri Vishnu Shatpadi Stotram" was released. Please visit our Online Store for more details and picking it up for your sravanam from the Stotram section.
Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam
The Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam that commenced on the 1st of February 2017 will conclude on the 26th of March 2017. It is the experience of many devotees participating in this Jnana Yagnam that these teachings unraveled by Pujya Acharya have been unheard of in the numerous earlier commentaries and expositions on the celebrated epic. In the Nalopakhyana itself, Pujya Acharya Swamiji taught us a variety of subjects ranging from Cleanliness, the importance of Rituals, Attitudes and Values and revealed the existence of the concepts of Game-Theory and Probabilistic Models in the Vedic era. These discourses reaffirm the declaration of Sri Mahabharata -

“Yannehasti na Tadkvachit - What is not here is nowhere else”

We invite you to participate in the remaining 27 days of the Sri Mahabharata Jnana Yagnam that is being conducted at Sujatha High School, Chapel Road, Nampally every evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
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