NEWS & EVENTS
Navarathri celebrations glorifying the divine Mother
is the highlight of Janaky Matha Ashram functions.
They were performed in a grand scale at the ashram
this year between October 12th and
October 21st 2007. Large number of
devotees attended all through the ten days and
received Mathajiís blessings.
Daily for each of the Navarathri days the pooja
began with Sankalpam, Gadasthapanam, special
Abhishekam followed by Laksharchanai. The
Vedapatasala Vidyarthis chanted Vedas everyday that
added a wonderful resonance over the whole
At noon prasadam was distributed to devotees and
poor people. Every night Annadhanam was performed
for about 250 people. Everyone who attended were
served and treated to a sumptuous dinner.
Another highlight of the navarathri celebrations
this year like several years before was Vastra
Dhanam. To needy Sumangali (married) ladies from the
slums were given saris and kanya pondugal (young
girls) were given dresses. Since several devotees
had chosen to contribute to the Vastra Dhanam this
year, a large number of persons had the opportunity
to receive these gifts.
Navarathri celebrations are a special time at the
Janaky Matha Ashram and one has to be part of it to
completely experience the divine aura. It would be
a very soul satisfying experience if devotees can
take some time out from their busy lives and spend a
few days of Navarathri at the ashram.
Gurudevi Sri Janaky Matha's 101st Jayanthi was
celebrated at the ashram on August 2, 2007.
Early morning Abhisheka puja was performed followed
by special Rudrajapam and Aavahanthi Homam. Dusk set
over the ashram with the chanting of Arunachalashiva.
Evening cultural program was presided over by the
president Dr.G. Swaminathan which was followed by
Geetha slokas and speeches by students of Sri. Siva
Deenanathan. One speech by a young girl Kumari
Iswarya describing Mathaji's daily routine starting
from 3:00 AM in the morning was so poignant that it
moved Dr. Swaminathan to tears. He said he could
actually visualize Mathaji from the speech!
Mr.S.Sridhar from Bangalore was the special speaker
of the evening and he spoke on the subject "Visions
of Sri Janaky Matha"
The evening concluded with devotional songs rendered
by Mrs.Vasanthi Ramesh and her troupe and
distribution of Prasadam.