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Region 5 - Mahashivarathri Celebrations

On Tuesday 17th Feb, devotees from Manchester and surrounding areas gathered at the Jain Community Centre to celebrate the auspicious night of Maha-Shivaratri. The evening began with a beautiful reading of the significance of this day as explained by Swami. Then came the opening prayers with chants and vedams followed by a classical Shiv Dhun – this wonderful and powerful melody continued non-stop while all the devotees were given the opportunity to perform Lingam Pooja to the Shiva Lingam within the amazing altar.

Once the bhajans started the atmosphere and energy continued to rise to a heavenly level as devotees felt like they were in Parthi. The vibrations created were divine. The evening concluded with aarthi and a moment of silence while the devotees sent their love to all those around the world less fortunate than themselves. The annual gathering was a wonderful experience enjoyed by all, just like in previous years by Swami’s grace.

Vinesh Parmar
R5 Vice-chair

Mahashivarathri Celebrations at Sathya Sai Centre of Lidget Green

Mahashivarathri was celebrated on Tuesday the 17th February at Sathya sai centre of Lidget green at Bradford. Leeds and Halifax groups and lidget green sai centre came together this year and celebrated as a joint event. The programme started at 730pm with Rudram chanting followed by the traditional shiva stotrams and ashtakams prior to the bhajans.

The altar was decorated beautifully and the ambience was divine. The bhajans were well executed and sung with devotion by one and all. The atmosphere was exhilarating and all the devotees present were immersed in divine bliss. The presence of our beloved Bhagawan was felt by one and all.

All through the programme swamis videos were projected on the screen. The concluding session was highly energetic and the video showing Lingodhbhavam was aptly showed . This added to the divine fervour and everyone was transported to Prashanthi Nilayam. The bhajans lasted till midnight and the devotees were given prasad as they were leaving.

Mrs Gayathri Nadella
SSE Coordinator