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Spiritual and Cultural

(A) SHRINE

The Ashrama shrine remains open for meditation from 5 am to 12 noon and in the evening from 4:00 pm to 9.00 p.m. during winter and 4:00 to 9.00 p.m. during summer months.

  • Mangal Arati at 5 a.m. is followed by meditation.
  • Recital of hymns and chanting of the Bhagavad Gita at 5.55 am.
  • Regular worship in the morning from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
  • Arati, reading of scriptural texts and Bhajans in the evening.
  • Ramnam Sankirtan on every Ekadashi after evening arati.
  • Shyamnam Sankirtan on every Purnima after evening arati.
  • Saradanam Sankirtan on every Amavasya after evening arati.

 
(B) TITHI PUJA (BIRTHDAYS) & OTHER CELEBRATIONS
 

Birthdays of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda are celebrated with items such as Vedic chanting, meditation, special Puja, havan, devotional music, discourse and prasada distribution.

Special Puja, devotional music and discourses on Sri Rama Navami, Sri Shankaracharya Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Sri Guru Purnima, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Durga Puja, Christmas eve, Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti, Mahashivaratri, Sri Chaitanya Jayanti and on the birthdays of the apostles of Sri Ramakrishna.

 

                           

 
(C) WEEKLY DISCOURSES FOR PUBLIC 
 

                   


On Sundays at 05:30 pm (October-March) / 6:00 pm (April-September) : Meditation and discourse on Bhagavad Gita : Its Universal Message of Strength & Joy. On Saturdays at 05:30 pm (October-March) / 6:00 pm (April-September) : Meditation and discourse on Spriritual Life

 


Series of Intensive scriptural classes in summer and winter vacations for devotees interested in serious study.


(D) SPIRITUAL RETREAT & ’M’ FESTIVITY
 

Four spiritual retreats (Adhyatmika Shivir) every year:
Three half day retreats from 7.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One full day retreat, celebrated as the “M-Festivity”.
The retreats include Vedic Chanting, Meditation, Namarchana, devotional songs, discourses, group discussions, questions and answers session and short lectures by devotees on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna etc.

 


(E) ANNUAL COMBINED CELEBRATIONS

 

Annual celebrations are held every year in the first week of April.
Public Meetings are held in the evening on the Life and Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda on three consecutive days.
Programme of Devotional Music / Bhajan Sandhya.
Special series of discourses  .

 
(F) NATIONAL YOUTH DAY & OTHER PROGRAMMES
 

Swami Vivekananda’s birthday on 12th January is celebrated as National Youth Day with programmes of speeches, contests, recitation of Swamiji’s sayings, devotional and patriotic songs by the students of  schools/colleges of U.T. Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana and our Vivekananda Students' Home. 

                                                            

The Secretary also visits schools/colleges of U.T. Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana to interact with the students.

 
(G) PREACHING OUTSIDE
 

The Secretary, Swami Satyeshananda delivers lectures and discourses in a number of schools, colleges and other institutions in Chandigarh, Panjab and Haryana. Swami Satyeshananda also visits (on invitation) and delivers lectures in various other provinces of the country.