Report By - Smt.Jyothi Bharat Divgi
On March 1st, fifty years ago, beckoned by his Guru Parama Pujya Anandashram Swamiji - a tender, eleven year young child left his home, his parents and his own little world of school and friends, to step into a new world of spirituality. Into a world that would one day revere Him as the Master of Masters. An Avatar. An epitome of pure love and joy.
It was this day that the little child, Ravindra Shukla, gave up his previous identity to be ordained as Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji – the 10th Mathadipati of Shri Chitrapur Math. At the historic Shishya Sweekar ceremony, held in Shivaji Park, Mumbai, hundreds witnessed the ceremony, even as the eyes of this young chid were focussed entirely on His Guru. Later – many years later, Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji recalled this day - When I bid goodbye to my mother, my father and home… not a drop of tear did I shed. All the love that I received from them, O Guru, You showered on me. Never did I feel deprived of anything. All I know is- I am yours and you are mine”.
The powerful saga that began on this day, fifty years ago, continues to guide and inspire the entire samaj. The Grace of our Parama Guru, Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji continues to be showered on all the devotees.
The Swarna Jayanti Mahotsav of the Shishya Sweekar was therefore a very important and momentous occasion that the entire samaj looked forward to- under the love and guidance of our Guru, Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji.
March 1st 2009
Suprabhatam ushered in the golden day. Devotees had begun to stream in even as the first sunrays caressed Mother Earth. It was a double special day. It was the Varadhanti of Shri Devi Durga Parameshwari too. And the Divine Mother looked resplendent as ever! Golden marigold toran at the dwar gave it a festive look. Soon the chanting of the sacred mantras of the Laghu Rudra by our Vaidiks reverberated through the temple.
Jalabhishek by Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji was witnessed by countless devotees. It was a very special day indeed!
A group of about fifty sadhakas led by the President of the Standing Committee, Shri Yennemadi Vinodmam, the Convenor, Shri Chandavarkar Durgeshmam, Trustees of the KDPT and Shree Trust – Dr. Mankikar Mohanmam, Shri Chandavar Vivekmam and Shri Hemmadi Mohanmam went to Pune to seek the blessings of Gurumata Shukla Shantipachi. The first commemorative gold coin, with the pratima of Parama Guru Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji on one side and the Shri Yantra on the other, which had been released on this occasion, was offered to Gurumata, along with flowers and fruits.
At the Shri Devi Durga Parameshwari temple, sadhakas chanted the Navaratra Nityapath and performed the Shri Devi Anushthan. This was followed by the chanting of the Shri Lalita Sahasranam – so dear to our Parama Guru, by hundreds of devotees who had streamed in from far and wide and the temple overflowed with the love and devotion these devotees feel for their Parama Guru.
Mahamangalarati performed by Parama Pujya Swamiji at the Sannidhi of Devi Durga Parameshwari amidst the chants of Vaidik mantra-s was a sight so precious to all devotees. Palki carrying the Utsav murti of Shri Devi Durga Parameshwari and also a pratima of our Parama Guru was taken around the inner Parikrama by the men- young and old, to the beats of joyous bhajans sung by the ladies.
The Bhajan Seva rendered by Shri Ravindra Bijur during Shri Paduka Pujan and Teerth Vitarana was as melodious as ever and touched every heart present on this beautiful day.
As the sun descended on the western horizon… Ved. Murti Shri Vijaykumar Bhat – popularly known as Sudhatanaya - rendered his bhajan seva on the specially constructed stage near the Arogyadham. With the magnificent picture of the Shishya Sweekar ceremony as the backdrop and golden marigold flowers adorning it, the stage was set for the Dharma Sabha. In one voice, hundreds chanted the Sabha Prarambha Prarthana. The Shri Guru Paduka Pujan was performed by the President of the Standing Committee, Shri Yennemadi Vinodmam, the Convenor, Shri Chandavarkar Durgeshmam, Trustees of the KDPT and Shree Trust – Dr. Mankikar Mohanmam, Shri Nalkur Shripadmam, Shri Chandavarkar Vivekmam and Shri Hemmady Mohanmam. Shri Chandavarkar Durgeshmam addressed the congregation. Narrating a very moving story about Guru-Shakti, he explained the powerful Grace of the Guru and just how fortunate we are to be blessed with such a glorious Guru Parampara.
The vimochana of “Swarna Sudha…Golden Drops of Nectar” was done by Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji. Containing important passages from Ashirvachans and writings of Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji and richly adorned with photographs, this book, compiled by a group of sadhakas from Pune is a fitting tribute to the glory of our Parama Guru.
In His Ashirvachan – an event looked forward to by the entire congregation at Karla and all those who were watching this event across the globe through the webcast - Swamiji spoke about how a good sadhaka should understand that when we get a rap (Kutti) for any mistake done, the rap is only for the ‘ahankar’ within us. A good sadhaka will learn to move on, improve himself and strive to do even better.
Swamiji’s rendition of “Lago tuze payee dhyana dayala… was so touching, was so beautiful, so inspiring… many eyes were moist as the Sabha concluded.
A short film, ‘Parijnanodaya jhala’… was screened after the Dharma Sabha, depicting the Shishya Sweekar of Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji and interspersed by bhajans and the Shri Parijnan Trayodashi - with a charming, captivating and powerful narration by Smt.Ganguly Shailajapachi.
Deepnamaskar that evening was followed by Shri Guru Pujan by Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji under the benevolent, compassionate gaze of the Divine Mother – Shri Devi Durga Parameshwari.
27th February – 6th March
The Shishya Sweekar Swarna Jayanti Mahotsava was a beautiful blend of intense Sadhana, scintillating cultural programmes, vibrant bhajan-seva and the golden opportunity of all this happening in the sacred precincts of the Sannidhi of Parama Guru Parijnanashram Swamiji and Devi Durga Parameshwari and in the Divine Presence of our beloved Guru, Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji.
Suprabhatam ushered in the activities of the day. At 9 am all the devotees gathered in the temple to watch with reverence and devotion, their Guru performing Jalabhishek – to the chanting of the Rudra and Shreesukta by the vaidiks. Each day after the Jalabhishek, an hour and half was devoted to Sadhana. 27th February, and 1st and 3rd March were the days devoted to Navaratra Nityapath and Shri Devi Anushthan. On 28th February, Gayatri Anushthan was offered by the men. 2nd March was devoted to the chanting of ‘Maha Mrutyunjaya Japa’. Devotees chanted the ‘Shree Devi Geeta’ on the 4th, while 5th March was devoted to the chanting of the ‘Shri Guru Geeta’. Every evening, Shri Lalita Sahasranam was chanted with great fervour and devotion. On the last morning of the Mahotsava, Navaratra Nityapath and Anushthan was followed by Kumkumarchana with the Shri Lalita Sahasranam.
Each noon, after the Mahapuja and during Teerthvitarana, the temple reverberated with the vibrant and melodious bhajan seva rendered by devotees from various Sabhas – Goragaon, Santacruz, Grant Road, Dadar, Borivali and Andheri. On the 6th, the bhajan seva offered by Smt. Ruchira Kale of Pune was melodious and moving.
As the sun gently made its way on the western horizon on the 27th, the stage was set for a veritable treat for all the devotees present. ‘Guru Vatsalyam –Shishya Sharanagati’ – a beautiful tribute to Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji was presented by Vidushi Smt. Lalith J. Rao and her group. Pandit Naimpally Sadanandmam and Pandit Gulvady Omkarmam accompanied them on the tabla while excellent vocal support was given by Shri Nirody Indudharmam, Smt. Bharati Pratap, Smt. Shivani Kallianpur and Smt. Deepa Karnad. The commentary in English by Lalithpacchi, in her inimitable style, which was so harmoniously woven into the rendition, was simply brilliant!
When the clock edged towards eleven on Saturday morning, the pandal was buzzing with excitement. Little children, dressed in colourful costumes were all ready to perform – one of the finest performances ever- by the children of Swami Parijnanashram School for the Handicapped. The talented children stole every heart present there that day –(and across the globe as people watched it over the webcast) – with their scintillating performance. Bhajans by the visually impaired Stallone – all of nine years old - brought a lump in the throat while tears flowed unchecked. The brilliant talent of this child and his soulful voice, in which he rendered melodious bhajans, lingered on with us long after the applause had died down and our tears had dried up.
Children with hearing disability performed dances representing the tribal and koli culture from Maharashtra. A simply stunning silent play on Environment with brilliant props, a free break dance by Ralthy - a mentally challenged child – Oh! Every single item presented was done so joyously and with so much care and sincerity. The teachers who painstakingly guided these children, their very active and bubbling-with-enthusiasm-Principal, Shri Kallianpur Vinaymam deserve a thunderous applause and namaskars for the meticulous and stupendous service they offer to these blessed children of the Lord. A stall displaying and selling the items made by these children –candles, files, mops etc. also drew large crowds. On the eve of the Swarna Jayanti of the Shishya Sweekar - What a glorious, befitting tribute this was by the children to our Parama Guru, who had stared the school!
On the evening of the 28th, Shri Aniket Khandekar presented a classical vocal music recital. A brilliant artiste, Khandekar had come all the way from Gujarat to offer his seva to our Parama Guru. ‘Talanvit’ - a vibrant dance recital by Bharatnatyam danseuse Smt. Vaishali Heblekar and Kathak danseuse Smt. Rashmi Pandkar had the audience in raptures on the 3rd evening. The splendid, graceful performance by noted Bharatnatyam exponent, Kum.Alka Lajmi, and her students on the 4th held the audience spell bound. The dance rendition based on ‘Lago tuzhe payee..’ and ‘Aisa Guru maazha..’ was touching. Pandit Haldipur Nityanandmam’s flute recital accompanied by Pandit Nayampalli Sadanandmam on the Tabla and Smt.Shivani Kallianur on the Tanpura on the evening of the 5th was yet another programme that will stay in our hearts long after the curtains comes down.
Yes, every single programme during the Swarna Jayanti Mahotsava was awe-inspiring and a beautiful tribute to our Parama Guru. Mother Saraswati has been indeed magnanimous in bestowing her blessings on our community!
Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji performed the Mahapuja and Mahamangalarati at the Sannidhi of Parama Guru Parijnanashram Swamiji on the 6th to mark the Varadhanti. This was followed by the Palki Utsav ... rousing jayjaykars and bhajans marked the occasion.
The concluding Dharma Sabha on the evening of 6th was - as always – a treat for all the devotees awaiting the Ashirvachan of Pujya Swamiji. Earlier, after the Sabha Prarambha Prarthana the Shri Guru Paduka Pujan was performed by the President of the Standing Committee, Shri Yennemadi Vinodmam, the Convenor, Shri Chandavarkar Durgeshmam, Trustees of the KDPT and Shree Trust – Dr. Mankikar Mohanmam, Shri Nalkur Shripadmam, Shri Chandavarkar Vivekmam and Shri Hemmady Mohanmam. This was followed by Vaidik Sambhavana to all the vaidiks and members of the retinue who had offered their seva all through the Mahotsava. A token of gratitude was offered to all the people who had so meticulously worked in various departments like housekeeping, kitchen, electrical and sound etc. Later, the Convenor expressed his gratitude for the success of the Mahotsava and offered ‘kshamayachana’ at the Lotus Feet of Pujya Swamiji for any shortcomings that may have inadvertently occurred. Pujya Swamiji’s Ashirvachan was followed by a pleasant and happy surprise for little Stallone- now named ‘Stavan’ – who was gifted with a CD player. At the press of a button and as the first note rolled out, little Stavan recognised his favourite bhajan and what’s more... sang along with it! Sadho..aisa hi Guru bhave..... That a visually impaired child had learnt his favourite bhajan in just a couple of days to please his Guru...What a magnificent lesson it is for all of us! Prasannostu Gurussada......
As the countless, myriad stars sparkled away in the skies that night of the concluding day of the Swarna Jayanti Mahotsava, let us in silence bow down with reverence at the myriad, precious, priceless blessings that we have been showered with in the form of our Guru Parampara and specially – our Parama Guru, Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji III.