A Letter To The Members of Namadwaar Family
It’s almost twenty six years since our Madhurapuri Ashram was established. Although we have always been celebrating the birthday of Bhagavan, this is the twenty fifth year after starting of the grand ten- day celebrations of Janmashtami! The number of years is a mere number. However, as everyone is reminiscing, it is a matter of joy to think of the same!
The village where our ashram is located has no previous connections to us. Swami Sivananda Saraswathi was born in Pattamadai in TamilNadu but moved to Rishikesh. So also, Swami Abhedananda was born somewhere in Kerala but settled in Trivandrum. The list is endless. Although Mahans are born in one place, it is at a different place that they permanently stay and bestow grace on their devotees. And so it is with our Madhurapuri Ashram where our Sri Swamiji came to reside. This place is known as the Mahanyam village. Originally called Maharanyam , it changed over a period of time and became Mahanyam.
Beneath the land where the ashram stands, Maharishis continue to do penance till date. Since twenty five years, incessant Veda chanting, nama sankeertanam, Bhagavatha parayanam, discourses and prasadam to devotees has been happening flawlessly.
Pure water from the well, milk from the cows, fresh flowers and everything that is needed for the worship of Premika Varadan are all available all the time.
Vasanthotsavam in the spring season, Navarathri utsavam, Adhyayana utsavam in the month of Margazhi (Dec-Jan), Gokulashtami utsavam, Hanumath Jayanthi, Kanyakumari Jaya Hanuman Pradishta Dhinam (Sivarathri), Vasantha Panchami being the Pradishta Dinam Of Sri Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal, Sri Rama Navami, Maha Periyava’s Jayanthi are utsavs celebrated throughout the year.
There must have been only about a hundred bakthas during the first utsav. At that time, there were no facilities at the ashram. But now, Premika Varadan has vastly expanded his empire .
There are namadwaars functioning at Tuticorin, Sivakasi, Periyakulam, Virudunagar, Kariyapatti, Madurai, Tiruttani, Valliyur, Kangeyam, Trichy, Srivilliputhur, Sriperumpudur, Salem, Kovilpatti, Govindapuram, Vathalagundu, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Kalattipet, Pammal, Kovur, Anna Nagar, Arakkonam, Ambasamudram, Senganur, Tirunelveli, Mannargudi and Saththur. Work is in progress for Namadwaars at Thanjavur, Gudiyatham and Udumalpet. At places like Chaitanya Kuteeram in Govindapuram, Nangur, Senganur, Brindavan, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Vedaranyam and Srirangam our organisations are involved in various activities. Besides this, we are also involved in several temple renovation works. Outside India, in Malaysia, Singapore, and in many cities at United States of America, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia we have our own namadwaars in our own properties. In the U.S.A, a vast area of land has been purchased and efforts are being made to create a SRI KRISHNA THEME PARK. A new namadwaar has been started at Ernakulam in Kerala. In Karnataka, a namadwaar is functioning in Bangalore. Recently a namadwaar has been opened at Chitradurga.
GOD satsangs take place in many countries around the world.
At this juncture, I am sharing with you what Sri Swamiji wished to convey to all of us.
“Earlier about hundred bakthas used to come to ashram for Ekadesi. Nowadays, thousands of bakthas come to have darshan of Premika Varadan. On some Ekadesis there are even three thousnd, four thousand bakthas. Bakthas come from other states too. We have not been publicising and inviting people over for Ekadesi. However, they learn somehow and come. Why? It is because Premika Varadan has bestowed every prayer of bhaktas who come for Ekadasi. I have a desire/wish from this year on. Gokulashtami utsav should be celebrated grandly in all Namadwaars and GOD satsangs just like it is celebrated in our Ashram. Many bakthas should participate in those places and receive the grace of the lord. This year, members of our Namadwaar families have been making arrangements for the same. All of you should join hands with them to make this festival a grand one and bring more and more new bakthas under the umbrella of the Lord’s Grace. Talk about Lord Krishna to all. Reach nama to everyone.
It would give me more happiness to see all of you celebrate Krishna in Namadwaars around the world, than your participation at the utsav at Ashram. There should be a Namadwaar in every city, village, small and big towns of Tamil Nadu. There should not be a single place in this world without a Namadwaar. Let us all work hard with devotion towards this.
Let us celebrate the birth of Krishna in all places. And let us make everyone celebrate. Let us wear new clothes on that day. Let us make sweets at home and offer to the Lord, and with all our near and dear ones and rejoice. Let us decorate our homes with colourful lamps. We shall keep placards that say “HAPPY KRISHNA JAYANTHI”, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KRISHNA” above our homes. In places where there are no Namadwaars, we shall celebrate by having Mahamantra Kirtan and bhajans in public places. Let our hearts overflow with joy on this auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami”.
-Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
As ordained by Sri Swamiji, let us celebrate on behalf of Global Organisation for Divinity, under the guidance of GOD Head Office.
– Dr A. Bhagyanathan