in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas
from 8th till 17th October 2010


Start of Navaratri

On 8th October 2010, Navaratri, the great Durga festival, started with special Pujas, Yajnas and prayers.
Navaratri is celebrated twice a year in Omkarananda Ashram, in spring and in autumn.

Visit of Rajnikant on 10th October 2010

On the third day of Navaratri, an unexpected visitor came to have the Darshan of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas. To the surprise of many people, who were nearby, it was one of the most celebrated Indian Top Actors from the South, Rajnikant, a rare personality, who is considered the Number One in the South Indian film world. Though being among the highest ranking in the actor’s world of India, he is exceptionally humble and that is not so easy, since he is admired by Millions and Millions of people in India and abroad. Rajnikant is a staunch devotee of the Vedic culture and of a very religious nature. He likes to visit Temples and offer prayers. He was touched by the beauty of the Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Temple, the holy, peaceful atmosphere, the cleanliness, and the arrangement in the typical South Indian style of this Temple. Rajnikant was received by Kumari Somashekhari, Swami Vishveshwarananda and Swami Satchidananda, as well as Swami Tyagarajananda. Many people, who were present, could have a photo with this great actor.

Soma speaks with Rajnikant in his Tamil-language. From Left to right: Swamini Tyagarajananda, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Gurukripananda,
Kumari Somashekhari and Swami Vishveshwarananda with the Star from the South.

Dance Performance on 14th October 2010

On the 7th Navaratri Day all the devotees, who came for prayers, could see a beautiful dance performance by Kumari Somashekhari and her students. The dances, in front of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi, were a Solo-Dance by Soma and some dances together with her students Neha and Pinky. The Devi-dances, choreographed by Somashekhari, were demonstrated in a joyous way by all the 3 dancers as an offering to the all-knowing, all-seeing Supreme Divinity.

After the divine Dance-Performances, Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda, President of Omkarananda Ashram, spoke about the mystical importance of the number 9 in relation to the nine days of Navaratri Celebrations.

And finally everybody could enjoy a wonderful Prasadam, which had been offered to Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi.

Somashekhari is addressing the audience. Bharatanatyam Dance by Somashekhari.
Worshipping of the Divine Mother
Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi through dance.
Neha and Pinky, students of Soma, perform a Devi-Dance.


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