Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guru Purnima with Sri Swami Vishwananda

After two days with a total of four darshans, the day to honour the Guru took place yesterday. More than 1200 visitors came from many different countries (also from overseas) to show their Guru, Sri Swami Vishwananda, their appreciation and respect.

In the early morning, we celebrated Pada Puja, (Abishekam to Guruji's Padukas) performed by the Swaminis. 

Later, during the 108 Bhajan stotra mala, (singing of 108 Bhajans) Sri Swami Vishwananda came and took place on His seat with a huge Adishesha behind Him.  

We were so, so happy to see Him there. It was a very impressive picture! 

In the evening there was another puja: Abishekam done directly on Swami Vishwananda's Lotus Feet. Then, during the chanting of His 108 names, each of us could offer a lotus flower to His feet.

Of course, there was abundance of Prasad. After being blessed by Gurudev, it was distributed to all. (It's unbelievable what our kitchen team has done during these days! I'm not sure - has Bhagyshri slept at all?)

During the three days we had built a kind of "beer garden" - here there were treats like mango lassi, fries, popcorn, samosas, pizza and lots of cakes!

All in all - it was a great party! 

Note from the organisers: 
We always try to organise everything as well as possible, but with 1200 devotees, who all wanted to see their Guru, the limited space did not always allow it. We apologize for any inconvenience this might had caused to you. If you have any ideas or solutions, we are happy to implement them with your help.

[From "The Experiences" official blog of Bhakti Marga)

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