CONCECRATION OF NEW UNIVERSAL PRAYER HALL
It was contemplated to inaugurate the newly constructed Universal Prayer Hall of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna at Sitanagaram centre on Ugadi, the new years’s day i.e. on 22-03-2023. Owing to restraints, only south indian heads and some ex-workers were invited and the programme was fixed for one day only.
On 22-03-2023, at 8.30 a.m., the pictures of Holy Trio were carried in procession from the old Prayer Hall to the newly built Hall. After three rounds of procession with vedic chanting, singing and dancing through the four sides of verandah, the building was inaugurated by Revered Swami Atmavidanandaji Maharaj at 8:45 am at the auspicious moment of Telugu New Year day i.e. ‘Ugadi’ on 22nd March 2023.
All monks and devotees offered pushpanjali at the feet of Holy Trio. Special worship was performed by Swami Tattwavidanandaji Maharaj, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math on 21st 22nd and 23rd of March 2023 Sri Sri Durga Saptashati was recited by Swami Shantatmanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi..
Subsequently, a public meeting was held at 10.30 a.m. The public meeting started with the opening song by Swami Siteshanandaji, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad. Welcome address was given by Swami Hridanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Vijayawada. Talks were given by Sri Kodanda Pani, Engineer cum Architect, Swami Sukritanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Tirupati, Swami Bhitiharanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Kadapa, Swami Swasamvedyanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Visakhapatnam, Swami Vinishchalanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Rajahmundry, Swami Bodhamayanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad, Swami Shantatmanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi. Honourable Justice Sri Mohan Rao, Andhra Pradesh High court also graced the occasion. Mementos were given to the donors, well wishers, staff & workers. Morning session ended with Pushpanjali at the New Prayer Hall.
In the afternoon session Bhajan programmes were performed by devotees of Sri Sarada Math, Guntur and Annamayya – Tyagaraja Kirtans were sung by Sri Pradeep Balan & Kum. Lavanya, Chennai.
45 Monastics from different centers of Ramakrishna Mission, 5 Mathajis from Sri Sarada Math, Guntur and around 2000 devotees & well wishers graced this occasion. A special darshan of Goddess Kanaka Durga was arranged to all these Monastics.
Nearly 2000 devotees were served the lunch Prasad, 1200 devotees were served the breakfast and 500 devotees were served the dinner.
The programme was conducted successfully with great Spiritual fervour.