in Omkarananda Ganga-Mata Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh

From 26th December 2008 to 2nd January 2009

Pandit Rajeshwarji starting Shrimad Bhagawat Katha


In honour of Gurudev Paramahamsa Swami Omkarananda a Bhagavat Katha started in Omkarananda Ganga-Mata Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh, near the holy river Ganga.

Pandit Rajeshwar Maharaj Ji went on to expound the Bhagava­tam with vocal and musical accompaniment at Omkarananda Ganga-Mata Mandir. From 26th December for eight days, a steadily growing audience listened to the Sangitamaya Kathavyasa with rapt attention. A highlight of the afternoon of 31st December was the presence at the Mandir of Professor Swatantra Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of the Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, and his wife. Swami Vishveshwarananda Ji accompanied the distinguished visitors.

Swami Omkarananda Arati in Omkarananda Ganga-Mata Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh, on the commencement of Shrimad Bhagawat Katha
Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari Somashekhari
along with Pandit Rajeshwarji
Special Pooja by Mrs. and Mr. R.D. Gaur Pandit Rajeshwarji's Musicians made the whole event very lively

Kumari Somashekhari Ji, with her students Kumaris Neha Ji and Pinky Ji, presented dances in honour of Bhagavan Shri Krishna, whose birth and childhood Pandit Rajeshwar Maharaj had described earlier in the afternoon.

Pandit Ji’s full-throated Svagatam Krishna! had the hall reverberating with Svagatam Krishna!, and, age and gender forgotten, had people up on their feet, swaying and swirling in sheer ecstasy. The scene put one in mind of what it must have been like, ages ago, to experience the enchantment of the notes flowing from the Lord’s own flute.

Shri Swami Vishveshwaranandaji honours the Vice-Chancellor of
Gurukul Kangri University, Prof. Swatantra Kumar, with a shawl
The atmosphere, created by Pandit Rajeshwarji and his musicians,
was so sparkling, that people started dancing in joy

After having taken the devout audience through the Bhagavatam’s narration of the anxious times that Vasudeva and Devaki had endured, the joyful arrival of the Divine Babe, His early years, and Rukmini’s wedding, Pandit Ji concluded his Katha on 2nd January with a touching narration of the Lord’s reunion with His boyhood companion, Sudama. At the end of the Katha Kumari Somashekhari and her students performed a Krishna Dance and an Arati Dance to the tunes of Omkarananda-Arati in honour of Gurudev.

Soma and her students performed the dance "Radha-Rani, Maha-Rani". This dance was composed
by Somashekhari to the beautiful music of Pandit Rajeshwarji and his musicians.
Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari Somashekhari speak to the audience about the greatness of
Gurudev Shri Swami Omkaranandaji and express their thanks to Pandit Rajeshwarji and his team.
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