NESSP Shirdi Sai Temple located in
Groton, MA celebrated the Chaitra Navaratri a Nine-Day long festival starting
April 5ththrough April 13th. Rama Navami is one of the
important Hindu Festivals, celebrating the birth of lord Rama to King
Dasharatha and Kausalya.
This festival is the most celebrated in Shirdi since 1898 as the devotees
regarded this auspicious day as the birthday of Lord Sai who alike Lord Rama,
an incarnation. NESSP has been following this tradition of celebrating Ram
Navami for several years now. The first day of navaratri “Chaitra Sudha
Paadyami” is celebrated as Ugadi (Telugu New year) and Gudi Padwa(Marathi New
year). Kalasha sthapana was done on this auspicious day to maintain the
auspiciousness and energy throughout the nine days. “Ugadi pachadi” was made by
the volunteers to serve to the devotees and later everybody gathered to listen
to the “Panchanga Sravanam” (almanac) of the New Year read by the temple
Akhand Ramayan Paath(24hrs) has been
conducted on April 5th through 6th. This has been possible due to dedicated
families coming together to spread Bhakti. The continuous, group chanting of
the Shlokas with complete devotion, concentration and dedication enhanced the
positive vibrations that are inherent in them. These vibrations persist in us
and in the Temple long after the event has ended to effect positive changes in
those who read and hear the Shlokas and in those who visit the Temple through
Followed by Sai Abhishek, the reading of
holy book Shri Sai Satcharitra was conducted on April 7th where several
devotees took part in reading each chapter. The day was concluded with Shri Sai
Palkhi procession within the temple premises with huge pomp and splendor. All
the devotees were dancing in Joy and Singing the glory of Sai.
On the day 9 April 13th- The celestial wedding of Lord Sita and Ram (Sri Seetha
Rama Kalyanam) was performed with comprehensive rituals under the guidance of
Priest Sri Sateesh Sharma.
The mandap (Stage) was delightfully decorated with flowers , volunteers
prepared sweets and the entire wedding ritual was an eye feast to all the
devotees. Many people witnessed and took part in this auspicious celestial
Bhandara/Maha prasad was served on most of the days of the Navaratri.
NESSP also celebrated the Multi regional
new year from different states on April 14th: Tamil – Puthundu,
Bishuva Sankranthi- Odhisa, Poila Boishakh- Bengal , Rangoli -Assam,
Vishu-Kerala, Vaishaki-Northi and central India, Maithiki New Year- Mithila.
Nevertheless, to say about the effort the
volunteers including kids, put to gather in making the entire nine-day event
successful with the divine blessings of Baba.
Hail Shri Sai…Always rest in our hearts and minds and mentor us towards the