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Dear Devotee, 

Jai Sai Ram

Jai Maruti Jai Maruti

Welcome to the first Newletter update of 2014.  We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  This quarter was filled with suspense and anticipation for the long awaited Annual function that took place in December.  This Puja was titled as “Shatkona Purvanga Homam”, and what an incredible event it was, more on that later.  This quarter started off big with Baba’s Mahasamadhi day, followed by Deepawali , Karthikai Deepam the festival of lights,...again more lights, Christmas, and Homi Baba’s birthday, all of which paved the festive way for the magnificent “Shatkona Purvanga Homam” a truly rare event!

October 6th to the  13th Navarathri was celebrated by a special abishekam and worship to Goddess Dakshina Kali in the Temple.  Each day the Sahasranama Archana was performed and prasadam offered and distributed to the devotees.

October 14th was Vijay Dashami  the day Sri Shirdi Sai Baba left his mortal coil and entered Mahasamadhi.  Baba attained Siddhi in 1918 and left a divine legacy for all to experience.  His message of selfless love and service are meant to purify us and his teachings of faith and perseverance give us strength and courage to lead a righteous life.  On this most auspicious day we performed abishekam to a smaller murthy of Baba in our prayer hall, which all devotees participated followed by annadhanam.

November 2nd and 28th were, celebrated Deepavali and Karthigai Deepam respectively.  Both are Festival of lights, Karthigai Deepam being celebrated in South India.  For both of the days the entire ashram, prayer hall and Baba’s sanctum sanctoram was beautifully lit up with hundreds of oil lamps, by all the devotees.  It was a sight to see! 

Christmas and Homi Baba’s birthday which were held on the 25th and 26th saw a more sober crowd this year as everyone was busy working and preparing for the massive Homam that would sweep the entire ashram for the next four days.

Shatkona Purvanga Homan

“Shatkona Purvanga Homam” started off with the news that Maa would be in Silence and a strict fast for all the four days only to break this fast after the final puja got completed on the 29th.  Those who attended saw the ashram transform into a dynamic source of energy all being coordinated and orchestrated by Maa whose preplanning of the event was so completed that everyone who visited the ashram knew their roles and responsibilities each day.  Some took care of annadhanam (inter-ashram as well as local institutions), Goshala, Yagashala, abishekam, arathi, caterers, arranging the rites and rituals along with the priests. 

Each morning the group of bhajan singers would do nagarsankeertan around the temple and within the ashram and simultaneously the vedic hymns were chanted.  Then the Yajamana would perform the Ganapathy, gopuja, and Gurupuja before the main event.  Then comes this Homam.  Maa sat each day in the yagashala for 2 hours on the floor amidst the 6 homa kundams.  Six pundits sat around each of the six homams dedicated to; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Ishwara, Sadashiva and Lalitha Parameshwari.  All the kundams were laid within the shape and design of the 6 pointed star.  The focus of the entire ritual and prayer was Lord Dattatreya who is the first and foremost Guru of all sampradayas including Shirdi Baba.  Not only did the preist chant the Dattatreya Moola mantras, but all received the mantra from Maa on the 25th.  Om Dram Dattatreyaya Namaha  was chanted by all the devotees and priests each day.

In the evenings were the chanting Devi Mahatmyam , Lalitha sahasranamam and other  hymns in the  praises of  Goddess Lalithambal and a beautiful rendition of the “Ghana pata” by the elite vedic pundits that performed the puja.  36 highly trained preists rendered the Vedas in a captivative and stunning manner that left the crowd speechless.

Besides the special pujas the routine monthly services continues, namely the free medical camps, annadhanamm, Purnima Puja, and Pradosha Puja

May Baba’s grace and Maa’s blessings be with us all.

Jai Sai Ram

Jai Maruti Jai Maruti