Krishna Gopalji in a nicely decorated Jhula.
great joy and jubilation, divine vibrating sounds of chanting
the holy Mantras and singing Bhajan and Kirtan to glorify the
Lord, and recitation of Vishnu-Sahasranama (the thousand Names
of Lord Vishnu), at the beautifully decorated and splendidly
illuminated Krishna Altar with the holy Jhula (cradle), in which
the Baby Krishna was placed, and devotees swinging the Jhula to
and fro, the Appearance Day (birthday) of Lord Krishna was
celebrated in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas with great zeal,
excitement and exultation, on 10th August 2012.
After auspicious Pooja and Arati for
Lord Krishna and Goddess Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi, the grand
celebration continued with Kumari Somashekhari performing
classical dances to glorify and please Lord Krishna on His
appearance day. Soma, along with her disciple Neha, danced to
the tune of the spiritual sounds of the songs, invoking the
Glory of the Lord - her every step, movement, gesture seemed to
be radiating devotion, bliss and rapture of ecstasy to the
stunning surprise of all spectators, devotees and particularly
the Chief Guest.
Shri Ramanathan Krishnamurthy, CMD of Power Corporation
of India and Advisor to THDC (in the middle), is coming
Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations with Swami
Shri Sukumarji and Shri Joshiji, Law Dept. THDC,
together with his daughter.
Arati by Mukesh Panditji, Priest of
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas.
Vishveshwarananda is welcoming the devotees.
The grand performance of the classical
dance on the Lilas of Lord Krishna added to the beauty and
grandeur of the surroundings. The congregation feasted their
eyes on the dance performance, their ears listening to the
sweet, melodious tones of the songs glorifying Lord Krishna, and
the peace, freshness, purity and fragrance of the natural
surroundings transported one to an ecstasy of transcendental
The Chief Guest, Shri Ramanathan
Krishnamurthy, Chief Managing Director (CMD) of Power
Corporation of India and Advisor to Tehri Hydro Development
Corporation (THDC), graced the function, having joined the
celebration as a devotee, as a scholarly Vedic Pandit,
beautifully dressed in the holy attire of the South Indian
Tradition for the Darshan of the Lord.
He was overwhelmed with joy to be here
on this auspicious occasion. He was all praise and gratitude for
Swami Vishveshwarananda and Omkarananda Ashram, saying, that
since about 2 years he is regularly visiting Omkarananda Ashram
Himalayas, being eager to have the Darshan of H. H. Shri Swami
Vishveshwarananda and staying for some time in the holy
atmosphere of this beautiful Ashram with its amazing Temples and
Temple worships. He further added, that being here, he feels
Peace and Light and the Presence of the Divinity. He expressed
his Gratitude also to Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati, since
he believes, that it is because of His Grace, that he came in
contact with such a holy place and holy persons, like Swami
Shri Krishnamurthyji further extolled
the importance of the spiritual Guru for attaining utmost purity
in life, which is a requisite for spiritual enlightenment. He
also talked about the Greatness of Lord Krishna and His
Teachings in the Bhagawad-Gita.
the Mandapa of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir, from
left to right: Kumari Somashekhari,
Swami Vishveshwarananda, Shri Krishnamurthy, Swami
Pragyananda and Shri Joshi.
Somashekhari and her Student Neha worshipping Lord
Krishna through dance.
Overwhelmed with ecstatic joy to witness
the wonderful classical dance performances of Kumari
Somashekhari in the Temple, the Chief Guest, Shri R.
Krishnamurthy, being an erudite Vedic Scholar, well versed in
scriptures, elaborated the spiritual significance of devotional
dances, saying, that, according to ancient tradition in India,
in the Temples, the Shodashopachara Pooja, i.e. the sixteen ways
of worship to please the Divinity, had to be performed, and
Temple-Dance and Devotional Music form an important part of this
On this occasion Shri Krishnamurthyji
shared a personal experience concerning Somashekhari with the
audience. He told, that everyone knows, that in Indian Tradition
small, young girls are worshipped as Goddesses, since it is
believed, that the Divine Mother resides in them.
Krishnamurthyji further said, that he observed, that though
Kumari Somashekhari is a fully grown up Lady, she has preserved
a stunning, child-like innocence in her character and
personality, and he experiences the Divine Mother in her.
H. H. Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Saraswati, President, Omkarananda Ashram, garlanded the esteemed
Chief Guest, Shri R. Krishnamurthyji, with a beautiful fragrant
flower-mala and honoured him, thanking him for his visit to
Omkarananda Ashram. Swamiji appreciated, that Shri
Krishnamurthyji, in spite of holding such high class
professional positions, is so polite and humble and moreover he
possesses deep knowledge of the Vedic scriptures and tradition.
Swamiji said, that Krishnamurthyji represents the holy South
Indian Tradition in a most ideal way in every respect, and
everybody is impressed by his personality. Swamiji further
extolled his spiritual qualities, saying, that he definitely
deserves carrying the name of Lord Krishna.
Emphasising the significance of the
Celebration of the Appearance of Lord Krishna, Swamiji at length
dwelt upon the gospel of Bhagawad-Gita and the meaning of
"Yoga", as preached by Lord Krishna. Swami Vishveshwaranandaji
exhorted everybody to know the real meaning of Yoga and imbibe
the real spirit of Yoga, i.e. Purity, Spirituality, Divinity.
Swamiji reminded everybody, that Yoga is not a mere physical
exercise, but a way to purify one’s life, to live life
spiritually, a way to experience the Divinity in oneself and
all, in order to know what one in Reality is.
Thus this beautiful Celebration,
consisting of Worship of Lord Krishna with Pujas, Prayers,
Bhajans, Kirtan, Dancing to sweet Melodies and holy Speeches,
|Shri Krishnamurthy expresses his
Adorations to Swami Vishveshwarananda.
|After Shri Swami
Vishveshwaranandaji’s speech Shri Swami
Pragyananda garlands him and expresses his Thanks to
However the all-embracing, large
hearted, all-loving Saint, the humble Devotee, Shri Swami
Vishveshwaranandaji, who honoured every one with his love
offerings, flowers and blessings, deserved the Thanks, gratitude
and salutation from the audience and devotees also. They
expressed from their eyes and gestures their love and gratitude
to Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati, and Swami Pragyanandaji,
learned Mahatma and Inmate of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas,
could not help but get up and approach Swamiji with a garland.
Expressing feelings of deepest gratitude towards Swami
Vishveshwarananda, he said, that Swamiji came from far away
Europe, having given up all luxury and developing beautifully
the Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas with utmost dedication, working
day and night, leading the most pure life of a great Indian
Mahatma of the spiritual Vedic Culture. Therefore, he, on behalf
of all devotees and guests, wants to express deepest adorations,
love and gratitude to Swami Vishveshwarananda and honour him on
this auspicious occasion and wish him a long, happy and
spiritually fulfilled life for all eternity. With these words
Swami Pragyanandajji garlanded Swami Vishveshwarananda amidst
great joy, jubilation and loud clapping of the congregation.
The festival concluded with all devotees
relishing sweet Krishna Prasadam, but it was not the end, but
the beginning of a new Spirit, Joy, Devotion and Love for all of