On 31st January a small marble image of Sri Ramakrishna was installed in the ashrama and there was also a Vastu Yaga performed. Math pratistha (installation of the Math) was done on the same day and about 16 Brahmins performed the Yaga. On this day a special puja was performed for Sri Sri thakur, Sri Sri Ma and Swamiji along with Homa and many devotees were present on the occasion. It was a veritable mart of joy. Here are some glimpses for those who missed the ceremony and event. Devotional songs (bhajans) were sung and all those present were sumptuously fed with the prasadam.
Hena Chakhravarty and Subhas Chakravarty organized an art workshop for local children on 11 Nov 2017 in the ashrama premises. The workshop had participation from eminent artists like Prof. Niren Sen Gupta and Hena Chakravarty, both from Delhi. The children had a wonderful day in depicting their imaginations in paintings in front of renowned artists. All the participants were given horlicks and snacks, sketch book colour pen pencil etc. The young budding artists thoroughly enjoyed the session. Hena studied in the college of art Delhi, studied Museology from Institute of history of art conservation and museology, National Museum Delhi. She is a former curator, restorer and senior artist of Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Minster of Culture, GOI and her specialization is in portraiture and thematic paintings.
Prof. Niren Sen Gupta was born in 1940 in Kolkata and graduated from Calcutta University in Science and also Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata. He is a former principal, College of Art, New Delhi and has an illustrious teaching career of more than 30 years. He is a member of various notable cultural organizations like India Habitat Centre.
Durga Puja was celebrated this year in the ashrama with the usual fanfare. The image of the mother Durga made of eight metals is there permanently. The priest was brought from Tarakeshwar and all other associated people like the dhakis also came from West Bengal. Devotees came from both Kolkata and Delhi. The locals were fed with sumptuous lunch prasad throughout the event. A news of the event was published in Anandabazar Patrika in Bengali
Report in Ananda Bazar Patrika
Preparing the deity for offering food for boy Gopala, the little darling of Vrindavan
Janmashtami – The Nativity ceremony of Sri Krishna celebrated in the ashrama through special worship and puja
The 2nd anniversary of the ashrama also marked the opening of the Pravrajika Mokshaprana Memoral Bhavan, in the name of revered Mataji, who was the second president of Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. The new building is adjacent to the ashrama building containing the shrine and has a library and guest rooms among facilities.
The inauguration was done on 13th April 2016 by Pravrajika Buddhaprana Mataji of Sri Sarada Math, Haridwar. The annual souvenir and magazine of the ashrama, Debakshar, was also released on this occassion by reverred Mataji. Reminiscences on Pravrajika Mokshaprana Mataji was led by Prof. Bandita Bhattacharya. Dr. Devi Prasad Kar, a noted eye surgeon, sang the Kathamrita songs.
On 14th April, Swami Sahadevanandaji of Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Kankhal did a Puja of Sri Ramakrishna with Bhoga and Arati (vesper). Ajoy Bhattacharya, a noted author delivered a lecture in the evening on Sri Ramakrishna and His work.
On the day of Ramanavami, on 15th April a special Puja was held and Sri ramachandra abhishekam performed. All devotees recited Vishnusahasranama. In the evening there was a Ramanama samkirtan. Ms. Somha Sinha, president of All India Sarada Sangha, presented the vote of thanks. Swami Sarvatmanandaji, head of the ashrama, addressed all devotees.