24th October 2012
MAM at Kolkata hosted Durgapuja, the biggest festival of Bengalis, as Durgotsav. A three feet idol of goddess Durga was enshrined in a beautifully decorated shrine and daily worship was done in the traditional way.
The response from the public was beyond imagination – approximately two thousand people visited during the four days to worship their beloved deity. The praise was unanimous – ‘goddess Durga’s face was extra-ordinarily beautiful!’ Traditional ‘dhak’ (a percussion drumming) music had added a genuine local flavour. The recitation of Devi Mahatmyam on all days was a special attraction. In addition to chanting of Lalita sahasra nama and Mahishasura mardini stotra the devotees sang bhajans on every day.
Various pujas were conducted during the celebrations, the last being Saraswati puja on Vijaya Dashami day. Some children were initiated in to the alphabets during Vidyarambham.
On 9th August Sri krishna Jayanti was celebrated. The Kolkata Ashram devotees decorated the puja altar with Bala Krishna idols and sang bhajans in the evening. The Bhajans culminated in Aarati to Krishna singing ‘Aarati Kunj bihari ki..’ and the prasad was distributed to everyone present.
3rd July 2012, Tuesday
Kolkata Ashram was drenched in the devotional vibrations. The devotees attended Ganapathy homa, Guru paduka Puja, Lalitha Sahasranama Archana, Satsang, bhajan and Annadaanam. The programs started from early morning 6.30 and continued till afternoon, about 400 devotees attended the function.
Archana after Guru Paduka Puja
Devotees doing paduka abhishekam
The members of GreenFriends initiative of MAM Kolkata celebrated the world environment day by distributing Tulasi plantains to the devotees. About 200 saplings were distributed among the devotees.
The planet Brihaspati transited from Mesh rasi to Rishab rashi on 17th May. On 13th May Sunday a special Guru transit homa was conducted for the benefit of the devotees. The homa was accompanied by puja, satsang and bhajans led by Br. Nijamrita Chaitanya.The homa culminated with devotees offering the homa dravya in the fire. This was followed by annadanam and prasad distribution.