|Kanara Saraswat Association Magazine - August 1999|
|HERE & THERE|
In the midst of icreasing torturous summer heat, political cacaphony and live "inhumanity to humanity show" in Kargil sector of Jammu-Kashmir Front, a sort of Swayambhu Satsang has been at work with Bhanap families from far and wide corners of Delhi congregating for exchange of healthy notes and Bhajans. Initiated at Smt. Jyoti Ullal’s place a couple of months ago, it has had periodical rounds at the places of S/Smt. Mangala Tavanandi, Lalita Naimpally, Tara Kumtakar, Nirmala Bondal, Nandini Nagarkatte, Anjali Kini and Namita Shiroor till May ‘99. Punya Tithi of H.H. Pandurangashram Swamiji was solemnly observed on the 15th June hosted by Tara and Anand Kumtakar, at "Kavle Math" here; infrastructural arrangements were meticulously made by Nandini Nagarkatte and other silent workers. It was indeed highly satisfying to see practically every body, ladies and gents alike, in the congregation of nearly 50, joining in singing traditional Math Mhanatyo" and Bhajans, besides Durgabai, Mangala, Vidya and Amita individually offering devotional music. This has been a first ever attempt at Kavle Math, and that too on a full working day, by Delhi Bhanaps.
- Reported by Anand Kumtakar
The reading of Adhik Mas Puran by Smt. Mandakini Talekar of Girgaum from 16th May 99 to 13th June became an additional programme for Shree Datta Mandir, Vakola, during its Platinum Jubilee Year. Daily the puran was read from 6.30 to 8.00 pm., a large number of ladies attended it. On Samapti Day it was a grand occasion, when Dindi wirh Puran on the head was taken by the ladies singing Bhajans etc. At the end Phugadi was also there and the complete atmosphere in the Temple was full of joy as everybody was singing bhajan.
The second phase of the Platinum Jubilee Year of the Temple starts from 11th July to 18th July with a week-long programme of Kirtan / Bhajan. 13th July being Pratishta Day, Pavamanabhishek in the morning (10 am to 12 noon) and Bhajans by Pandit Ajit Kadkade in the evening (7 to 9 pm) has been arranged.
Birth Centenary of Late Shri V.S. Kudva, The Founder of The C.P.C. Co., Navabharath. A Kannada daily (now defunct), Canara Springs and Saraswat - a Konkani weekly (unfortunately now defunct), Canara foundation a charitable trust etc was observed on 28th June 99, under the auspices of the Organising Committee of Vishwa Saraswath Sammelan were present.
Midday meals scheme at Ganapathy Educational Institutions was inaugurated at Shri Sharada Sadan, Ganapathy High School on 5-7-99 to provide midday meals to poor students. Lion Ratna K.J.Shetty and Rotarian Chandra Shetty, Lionesss Usha Prabhu donated 2 quintals of rice. Vegetables for a week. sambhar, and rasam powders and cash. A room in the school premises has been converted into kitchen with facilities of tap water, gas cylinders etc. About 25 poor students from Primary school will get free meals about the same number from the High School at subsidised rate. At the inaugural function all staff members and students were present. Shri. Gulvady Gopinath Bhat, the correspondent of the school and Secretary Saraswat Ed. Soc. presided over the meeting.
- Reported by Gulvady Gopinath Bhat
Punar Prathishta of Shiv Linga at Sri Vamanashrama Samadhi Math, Mangalore
Ceremonies in connection with the Punarprathista of the Shiv Linga over the Samadhi of H.H. Vamanashrama Swamiji of revered memory at Sri Samadhi Math, Mangalore were performed from 18th and 20th of June 99 in the presence of and under the guidance of H.H. Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji. His Holiness arrived at Mangalore on the evening of 18th at 5.30 p.m. His Holiness was received with all respect by a large number of devotees.
Arrangements for the rituals were made by the Vaidiks from Shirali - Ved. Baddukuli Bhaskar Bhat, Ved. Shukla Shankaranand Bhat, Ved. Ulman Gurunath Bhat and others. As per Shastras, the rituals commenced on the night of 18th and went on till the forenoon of 20th. There was a large gathering through out the function and the atmosphere was filled with great religious fervour. Poornahuthi was performed at around 9.30 a.m. on 20th. At exactly 10.28 a.m. - the muhurth fixed for Punar Prathista, the ceremonies in connection with the ritual were performed by H.H. with the assistance of the vaidiks. The gathering made offers of Patta Kanike. This was followed by tirth prokshana from the Holy Kalasha over the bent heads of the devotees. Pada poojas were offered to H.H. There was grama Santharpana after Bhiksha to His Holiness.
Live broadcast of the entire function was arranged for the Mangalore citizens through the Cable Network. For the convenience of the gathering closed circuit T.V. arrangement was also made. A Bilva sapling was planted by His Holiness in the compound of Samadhi Math. In the evening H.H. gave an Ashirvachan.
On all the three days ladies performed Bhajans in the evenings till time for Deepa Namaskars. There was a Satsanga and Vimarsha session. Swamiji and His retinue left for Kallianpur on the morning of 21st June at June at 9.30 am.
Under the Jt.auspices of Canara Union Arts Section and Sursagar, there was a grand ‘Jugalbandi’ recital on instrumental music by Shri.Sandip Chatterjee on Santoor and Shri.Praveen Godkhindi of Dharwad on flute with accompaniment on Tabla by Sri Ravindra Yavgal on 23rd May 99 at Tombat Sakharam Hall, Canara Union. Punyatithi of H.H.Pandurangashram Swamiji was observed at the Math on 15th June 1999 with all religious fervour. H.H.Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji arrived in Bangalore from Tiruvannamalai at noon of 4th July ‘99 when He was received with Purnakumbha. In the evening, after Bhajans, the Presidents of Bangalore Local Sabha and the Vice President of the (North) Local Sabha performed Guru Pooja, Shri. K.Duganand, President Bangalore Local Sabha made a welcome speech. H.H. in His brief Ashirvachan expressed His appreciation on the spiritual activities conducted at the Math with large participation, a Holy and powerful and vibrant centre of Samadhi of H.H. Shrimat Anandashram Swamiji.
The Committee appointed by the Government of Karnataka headed by Dr.H. Narsimhaiah, former Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University selected Dr. Meena Rajeev Chandawarkar (Commerce) S.R.S. Arts & MBS Commerce College, Bagalkot, besides others for award of ‘Best Teacher’ for 1996-97 from the Government and aided First-Grade colleges in Karnataka.
Shri.Kiran M. Kaushik has been promoted as Acting Dy.General Managerof Union Bank of India and has been transferred to H.O. at Mumbai.
- Reported by Shri.A.R.Bhat