JET New England Conducts Sri Rama Pooja
JET New England (www.jetnewengland.org), PRAJNA group conducted the Sri
Rama Pooja event on 26 June 2005 at Nashua, NH under the guidance of
Sriman Sri Santharam Swamiji (disciple of His Holiness Sri Chinna
Jeeyar Swamiji). Swamiji has been giving discourses on Valmiki Ramayana
for the past 10-12 weeks on Telebridge. Many people from different
locations were able to login from their homes/respective places and
listen to the Ramayana Parayanam. The Prajna Group of JET-USA children
from Massachusetts and New Hampshire participated with the help of
their parents in this Rama Pooja. It was a very auspicious day for
Around 40 children and 100 people attended the event. All of the
children participated actively in the pooja/prayer as Swamiji guided
them. This activity enabled the kids to learn the pooja process by
using pooja samagri (kumkum, turmeric, and flowers) and offered them to
Lord Rama’s picture (provided by Smt. Padma Joginpally) and were
arranged by volunteers of Prajna Group families. Participants learnt
the value of doing a pooja/prayer. The pooja started with Swamiji
chanting slokas from Valmiki Ramayana with children repeating the
sloka ‘Apadama Apahartharam Datharam Sarvasampadam. Lokhabiramam
Sriramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Namamyaham’. As part of the pooja, children
performed Sri Rama Ashtottara Shatanama pooja. Children chanted the
Sankshepa Ramayana Slokas. Children were very focused and involved in
the Pooja process. Swamiji explained the children in detail about
Sankalpam, Shodashopachara pooja and the ritual processes like why we
ring bell in temple, why we do pradakshana, why we do harathi, how do
we invite the God as part of the Shodashopachara pooja.
the pooja was completed, children sang holy songs, slokas and bhajans
of Lord Rama, which they learnt in Prajna classes, conducted in
Nashua, New Hampshire and Mansfield, Massachusetts. It was a fantastic
day and a great learning experience for all the participants. Swamiji
made everyone chant prayers/slokas from Sundara Kanda and Sthuthi Mala,
and blessed them with fruits and prasadam.
Santharam Swamiji planned the Rama Pooja on the occasion of completing
the discourse on Ramayana and it was also Swamiji’s birthday. All
participants wished Swamiji with birthday “Subhakankshalu” songs.
Participants honored Sriman Sri Santharam Swamiji with a Shawl and
Flower Bouquet and Smt. Padmanjali Kaki wrote a special birthday song
for Swamiji and sang it for him.
At the end, everyone had an
excellent lunch, which was cooked by wonderful moms of Prajna Group and
active participants of JET-USA programs. Everyone had a wonderful time!
JET Volunteers Mr. Madhu Chary, Smt. Padma Joginpally and Mr. Koteswara
Rao thanked everyone for attending and helping organize the event.
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