Update on Building Rooms for Sadhus in the Forests of Odisha

Last year we mentioned our desire to build rooms for elderly sadhus who had been staying for decades in the forests around the Bhola Giri mountain range in Odisha. We would like to give you an update on this project. With your assistance we have been able to help elderly sadhus staying at three ashrams in the jungles around this sacred mountain.

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Food Distribution in Chinnapuram Village, Andhra Pradesh

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Chinnapuram village is located around 10 kms from Vizianagaram town. It is a small village on the state highway between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam. Most of the residents of Chinnapuram are not having stable employment or regular incomes. So for the children of the village, our foodrelief programme is always welcome.

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Distribution of Sugarcane for Pongal Celebrations at Our Ashram in Chennai

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This year for Pongal celebrations (called as Makara Sankranti in north India) we distributed 2,000 sugarcane sticks to visitors at our ashram in Chennai. Makara Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days of the year in the Hindu calendar. In South India it is a harvest festival, and traditionally the first rice of the season is boiled and offered to the Sun god in the form of Sakarai Pongal (sweetened rice). It also marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the six month northward movement of the Sun.

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Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations at Our Ashram in Chennai (2016)

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On January 9th we celebrated Hanuman Jayanti at our ashram in Chennai, where the presiding deity is of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman. From morning till evening around 5,000 devotees visited for darshana of Lord Hanuman. Bhajans were sung by devotees, and prasadam was distributed to all of the guests throughout the day.

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Tomorrow is Hanuman Jayanti

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Dear friends and devotees,

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 9th, 2016) is Hanuman Jayanti according to the Tamil calendar. We invite all the devotees who are living in Chennai to visit our ashram at Tharamani for Hanuman Jayanti celebrations. Morning abhishekam to Lord Hanuman will begin at 7 am, followed by yaagam and bhajanai. The temple will be open for darshanam from 5am till 10 pm.

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Request for Help for Chennai Flood Relief

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Dear friends and devotees,

This week the city of Chennai was hit with severe flooding which resulted in most of the city being inaccessible. Our ashram is located in the south of Chennai at Tharamani, which was also heavily affected by the floods. For the last 5 days there has been no electricity, and food and drinking water were hard to come by.

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