H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
February 2006


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February 1 - 12 -- Porbandar, Gujarat
Pujya Swamiji traveled to Porbandar, Gujarat for the Mandir Mahotsav of the Sandipani Ashram, headed by Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza. During the course of the two week celebration, the Hari Mandir was inaugurated and the prana pratishtha ceremony was performed. Then, there was a 7 day Bhagwat Katha along with evening sessions of discourse by the revered saints, and nighttime bhajan/kirtan performances by renowned singers and musicians.

The program began with a beautiful Shobha Yatra on the 1st February and then to the roof of the temple for the sacred puja.


Clockwise from top: Pujya Swamiji lights the lamp with Pujya Bhaishri to inaugurate the medical and publication department; the official temple shikhar kalash ceremony with Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji






Right to left: Pujya Hansdasji, Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji, Pujya Bhaishri, Pujya Swami Avichal Dasji



(left) with Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi; (right) Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaishri, Smt. Kokilaben Ambani and devotees witness the first darshan


Revered saints from across India including Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji, Pujya Swami Ramdevji, Pujya Morari Bapuji, Pujya Deviprasad Bapuji, Pujya Bhupendrabhai Pandyaji and many other revered saints came during the 2 week event to offer their darshan and their words of wisdom..


Pujya Swamiji on stage with Pujya Bhaishri, Pujya Bapu, Pujya Swami Ramdevji and Pujya Deviprasad Bapu



Pujya Swamiji with Pujya Swami Satyamitranandji and Pujya Swami Madhavpriyadasji




Pujya Swamiji puts tilak on the sacred Bhagavat;  Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaishri and Pujya Morari Bapu sit together on stage


(right to left): Pujya Swami Hansdasji, Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji, Pujya Deviprasad Bapuji, Pujya Bhaishri

February 13 -- Bodh Gaya
In honor of the 2550th anniversary of Lord Buddha's enlightenment, there was a weeklong function in BodhGaya, the land where He sat under the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. The inauguration was on the 13th February and Pujya Swamiji was a special guest for the function. His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced the event with his presence and words, and also led a divine chanting/prayer session.


The program was organized by the Maha Bodhi Society of India, of which Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji is the President.

Pujya Swamiji on the stage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, other revered Buddhist monks, Ven. Sumedha Theroji, Ven. Rewatha Theroji and Dr. B.K. Modiji






Pujya Swamiji and Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji had a special meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the visit to Bodh Gaya.




His Holiness recites the prayers; the audience at the gathering





While there, Pujya Swamiji and Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji also had meetings with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.


February 15-16-- Tsunami Affected Areas
On February 14, Pujya Swamiji flew down to the tsunami affected areas where Project Hope is in the midst of extensive tsunami relief work (see www.projecthope-tsunami.com). On December 13 we had the official inauguration of the 100 reconstructed houses of Pannithittu village of Pondicherry, by the hands of the Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu, the Honorable Governor of Uttranchal and the Honorable Lt. Governor of Pondicherry. See www.parmarth.com/updates/decjan06 for details.

However, Project Hope pledged to do more for the villagers than just rebuild the 100 houses which were destroyed in the tsunami. We also pledged to build an extension to their school, a community center, a vocational training center, a computer center and a medical clinic.


Bhoomi puja was performed by the Honorable Lt. Governor, Pujya Swamiji, Smt. Bellaben Patel & Yogeshbhai Patel, Drs. Naval and Nila Kant, and Sarojben & Maheshbhai Patel






The bhoomi puja for these amenities took place on the 16 February by the hands of the Honorable Lt. Governor of Pondicherry with Pujya Swamiji. The bhoomi puja was also performed by Smt. Bellaben and Shri Yogeshbhai Patel of Tampa, Florida, USA who have been great, generous supporters of Project Hope's work including sponsoring the construction of an orphanage and home for widowed/abandoned ladies with Dr. Kiranbhai Patel's Patel Foundation of Tampa, Florida, USA.

Further, the divine event was attended by Drs. Naval and Nila Kant of Lewisburgh, Pennsylvania, USA who are one of the longest and staunchest supporters of Pujya Swamiji and IHRF in USA. Dr. Navalji is also vice-president of IHRF.  Also in attendance were Shri Maheshbhai and Smt. Sarojben Patel of Kitchener, Canada. Smt. Sarojben Patel is the treasurer and secretary for IHRF-Canada.



After the bhoomi puja, we had a huge free lunch where hot lunch was served to all the villagers, and we also had a widescale distribution of living necessities for all villagers.

At the time that we were in Pannithittu for the bhoomi puja, we also traveled to cuddalore to see the site of the orphanage we are constructing, along with renovating the home for widows/abandoned children. There, with the great dedication of the Patel Foundation and Bellaben and Yogeshbhai Patel, we are building not only living facilities for the orphans, but also a school, computer center, vocational training center and a beautiful kitchen/dining facilities to be used both by the hundreds of orphans and also the 200 widows/abandoned ladies.

Back side view of the new dining hall




(clockwise from top): dining hall from front; distribution of oranges to the ladies; construction of school rooms and dormitory facilities underway





Construction work is going on very well. The overly heavy monsoon season had impeded the work for awhile during the winter months but now it is in full swing.

Pujya Swamiji holds one of the young orphan children

We also distributed necessary provisions to the ladies as well as fruit and sweets to the children. Then, Bellaben was so touched and filled with love for the ladies that she decided to sponsor new sarees for all of them. Thus, the following day we returned to distribute brand new sarees to all the ladies.




Bellaben spoke to all the ladies about how fortunate they are that this project has been undertaken by Pujya Swamiji and how they, in their own lives, can achieve so much, accomplish so much and reach any height. She filled them with great hope and enthusiasm.



Distribution of sarees

February 17 -- Bangalore

Pujya Swamiji was a special guest at the 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Art of Living and the 50th Birthday of Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji.


The program began in the morning with a beautiful yagna, and then in the evening India's most revered saints came together to address the huge gathering.


Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaishri and Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji discuss the glorious event



Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Swami Ramdevji




Pujya Swamiji discusses human values with Smt. Indu Jain, Chairperson of the Times of India; the special yagna





Pujya Swamiji talks to Pujya Asharam Bapuji, sitting on stage at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations



 Pujya Swamiji addresses the crowd of over 100,000 people in Bangalore on February 17. He spoke about the importance of bringing spirituality and meditation into our lives, and He appreciated the wonderful work being done by Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and the Art of Living to spread the divine messages of spirituality.





While at the function, Pujya Swamiji also spoke to a Minister from  Indonesia. Pujya Swamiji had traveled to Bali on yatra in 2003 and they shared thoughts and ideas of the common traditions between India and Indonesia




February 18-19 -- Delhi

Pujya Swamiji was a special guest at the wedding of Divine Soul Shri Sant Chatwalji's son Vikram to Priya Sachdev. Pujya Swamiji blessed the couple with a beautiful, special flower garland - big enough for two -- and with His prayers for a blissful married life.







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