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The Gayatri Maha Yagna

Press Release
07/26/2005

Saraswati Mandiram Inc., the Institute of holistic health, music, yoga, science, and philosophy, a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) 3, religious and educational institution located in  Epping New Hampshire is announcing to host the largest yagna (sacrificial offering ceremony) event ever in New England area. A three-day long maha yagna is being organized from August 19 - 21 in the beautiful setting of a 100 acre picturesque retreat and spiritual center called the Green Pastures Estate. Over 5000 people are expected to attend and participate in this event. There will be 108 yagnashalas (altars) set up for the simultaneous offerings from the yajamans (yagna participants) from all over USA and Canada.

Gayatri is the source of all consciousness and knowledge. It is the origin of all the creative powers in the Universe: In it lies ‘Saraswati’ the Goddess of learning and the giver of speech. Gayatri Mantra is the root Mantra of Vedas, which when invoked develops the divine potency within the human beings thus making them Gyanis, Yogis, and Saints.

Yagna is a sacrifice, which directs the mind and all organs of perceptions and actions to a single divine noble cause. This ‘Gayatri Yagna’ a symbol of righteous actions and noble deeds directs our energy to our pure intellect and consciousness, so that our future actions can be inspired and collectively divine. Gayatri and Yagna in coordination and co-operation with one-another, spread morality, purity, harmony, peace, welfare and everything that is good and conducive to universal well being, universal welfare as expressed in our ancient Indian culture and civilization. This not only embraces human welfare but also the welfare of all living beings, every creature, the whole habitation and environment. Indic civilization has given an all embracing concept of good and well being.

The event will have some unique features including the following: Guru-pooja, matri-pooja, pitri-pooja, kanya (kumari) pooja and acharya pooja. There will be pooja for various animals as prescribed in the Vedic literature. The animals include cow, tiger, lion, elephant and horse. Special animal trainers and experts are brought in from Florida along with various animals. There will also be discourses on yoga, meditation, spirituality, health and ayurveda. Cultural programs will include bhajans, dance and music. Special guests include famous Vedic scholar Dr, David Frawley, Dr. Bal Ram Singh, Director, Center of Indic Studies at University of Massachusetts, and many other accomplished yogis and teachers from around the world.

People with their entire family are invited to this once in a life-time event. There is no entry fee. Free prasadam (lunch and dinner) will also be distributed to the devotees. Devotees are requested to participate en mass, to become volunteers and also to be a Yajman.

For more information please contact Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, President of Saraswati Mandiram at 603-682-0211 or swamiji@comcast.com. You can also visit us at:
www.saraswatimandiram.org.



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