could witness an exceptionally great 2 days Function, dedicated
to GAYATRI MAA. This Maha-Event was organized by Shri Gayatri
Tapobhumi Charitable Trust, Gayatri Nagar, Hubli, Karnataka, and
it’s President, Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji, along with Bharatmata
Satsang Mandal, Chinchwad, Pune.On the huge ground at the Jnanprabodhini Highschool, Nigadi,
Chinchwad, Pune, a very beautiful tent had been erected to
celebrate along with Saints and devotees from Maharashtra and
also from Saints and devotees of Karnataka, Himalayas and other
places of India, the consummation of the Japa-Yajna, since more
than a Crore Japa of the holy Gayatri - Mantra had been
completed by hundreds of devotees from Pune, Maharashtra, with
the inspiration of the great Saint and spiritual Master of Shri
Gayatri Tapobhumi Ashram, in Tadas, near Hubli, Karnataka,
Guruji Shri Shri Vallabha Chaitanya Maharaj.
Other Koti Gayatri Yajnas had been already conducted with the
Blessings of Gayatri Maa and Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji in other
places of India, like in Hubli, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi,
Hyderabad, etc. etc.
For the 16th Koti Gayatri Yajna the holy town of Pune was
The Main-Functions of this Celebration were scheduled for 18th
and 19th April 2009, but already on 17th April, all Yajna-Shalas
in the tent were established in a pure and scientific way.
Preparations for the Main-Functions went on in a very hectic but
still dynamic and joyful way. Gayatri Mata was beautifully
decorated. The volunteers, working hard in different fields,
were introduced to the invited Saints by Shri Vallabha
Chaitanyaji personally. There was a sparkling, divine atmosphere
among everyone. Children were dancing, scholars, saints and
friends were exchanging thoughts and on the dais singers and
accompanying musicians entertained the audience with Bhajans and
Kirtans. Arrangements for breakfast, lunch and dinner for
hundreds of devotees had been made at the venue.
|Welcome of Shri Vallabha
Chaitanyaji outside Pune-Airport
||Swami Vishveshwarananda with
in the chariot during Shobhayatra in Pune
The main-programe started on 18th April 2009 with the
Dwajarohan, Punyaha Vachan and Devata Sthapana in the early
Around 10 am Yajnas were started by expert Vedic-scholars and
Pandits from Maharashtra and Karnataka, like Navagraha-,
Ganesha-, Subrahmanya-, Annapurna-, Kuber-, Saraswati-, Lakshmi-
Homa and Gayatri Mahayajna.
At 12.30 pm Mahamangalarati was performed.
In the afternoon, from 4 PM, a most beautiful procession of the
Utsava Murti of Gayatri Maa was started along with the
Shobhayatra of Mahatmas and Saints from different parts of
India, sitting in beautiful, shining chariots. It was indeed a
wonderful sight, seeing the huge, attractive chariots moving
through the roads of Pune, accompanied with a crowd of devotees,
children and adults, singing and dancing enthusiastically in
Shri Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji had specially invited Saints and
Jagadgurus to grace this rare and holy event:
Shri Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Saraswatiji, His Holiness Omkarananda Math, Rishikesh
Shri Shri Vishweshwarateertha Swamiji,
Shri Madhwacharya Maha Samsthan,
Shri Pejawar Math, Udapi (Karnataka)
Shri Shri Basavaraj Swamiji,
Gayatri Tapobhumi, Tadas (Karnataka)
Shri Shri Sachidanand Swayamprakash Yatiwar, Hariharpur
Shri Shri Swami Pranavanandateertha,
Vedant Kutir, Solapur (Maharashtra)
All these great Saints and Mahatmas blessed the devotees, while
moving in the chariots through Pune.
When the Shobha-Yatra was completed, around sunset-time, all
Mahatmas were guided into the tent and seated on the Dais,
honoured with beautiful flowers and flowergarlands and
introduced, one by one. The tent was full with hundreds of
devotees, who waited eagerly to listen to the words of blessings
by these Mahatmas.
Everyone was stunned, when Shri Swami Vishveshwaranandaji,
President of Omkarananda Math, Rishikesh, Himalayas, spoke in a
mesmerizing way, describing the greatness of Gayatri Maa and Her
Representative, Shri Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji, and the benefits
of Gayatri-Mantra Japa. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji emphasized,
that we should always think of Gayatri Maa, not only in bad
times, but also in good times. We should not repeat the
Gayatri-Mantra mechanically, but with love and devotion, and we
should live in such a way, that we remember and worship Gayatri
Devi every second of our lives. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji spoke
in such an intense, divine, charismatic and inspiring manner,
that many times he was interrupted with spontaneous, thundering
clapping from the attentively listening Mahatmas and devotees.
Swamiji urged all the devotees to take spiritual advantage of
the presence of such a great Saint like Shri Vallabha
Chaitanyaji, whom he described as a real manifestation of
Shri Swami Vishweshwarteerth, from Pejawar Math, Udapi, a highly
recognized Saint from Karnataka, spoke about the essential need
in today’s time to be in constant touch with the prayers on
Gayatri Maa. His speech was deeply appreciated by the public.
All other Mahatmas on the Dais, blessed the devotees by their
speeches and additionally, a great Sanskrit-Scholar, too,
addressed the audience with a speech on Gayatri Maa in fluent
Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji informed the audience about the
prayers to Gayatri Devi, which were done by many people in
different States of India. He also thanked the Mahatmas for
joining this Function and he appreciated the hard work by the
Organizers and the Members of his Trust.
After the Benediction by Mahatmas was completed, Bhakti-Sangeet
was on the programe. Kumari Somashekhari, Secretary of Swami
Omkarananda Saraswati Charitable Trust, Rishikesh, had been
specially invited from the Himalayas to perform devotional
dances on this holy event. Before starting her dances
Somashekhari addressed the devotees of Pune with a few sentences
in Marathi language. Soma’s professional style and devotion,
which she showed in the Indian Classical Dance, were highly
recognized by the audience, and even the Saints, who were
watching the dance, showered praises on her for the graceful
performance, she contributed to the devotees.
Afterwards, till late night, other devotional dance- and
music-programes went on.
presenting an excellent Dance-performance for the
Devotees attending the Function
The function on the next day, on 19th April 2009, started with
resumption of all the Yajnas in the early morning hours, which
was followed by Kumarika Pujas, Gayatri Kalasha Pujas, Dampati
Pujas, Kumkum-Archanas, in which a lot of devotees from
Maharashtra and Karnataka could take actively part.
The great moment of this holy function arrived, when Poornahuti
and Mahamangalarati were performed by Shri Vallabha Chaitanyaji
and others, among most powerful Vedic Chanting by the skilled
After conclusion of those important rituals all the specially
invited Mahatmas were invited for Padapujanam and Felicitations.
With Ashirwachan by all the Swamijis and Prasad Distribution by
the Hosts, this unforgettable divine, inspiring event came to an
Divine Mother Gayatri Devi had showered Her Blessings on so many
devotees with this beautiful inspiring 16th Koti Gayatri Yajna.
Kumari Somashekhari speaks a few words
in Marathi to the audience before
Devotees watching the Function
Swami Vallabha Chaitanya with his Priests is performing
while a huge crowd is watching.