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Gayatri Homam in Houston

Ritwiks Performing Gayatri Homam

By Dr. Vivek Natarajan

HOUSTON: Gayatri Mantra is extolled as the highest mantra in the Vedic texts. Any human being who has been initiated into the worship of this sacred mantra is extolled to perform the japa (conscious repetition) of Gayatri everyday without fail. This daily worship is very meritorious and bestows the practitioner with all benefits. Once a year, all initiates are supposed to do a japam of 1008 repetitions of the Gayatri mantra as a Samvatsara prayaschitta( repentance) for all sinful acts that may have been performed in that year. This annual ritual is called Gayatri Pratipad and is done a day after Shravana Purnima (day of Yajur upakarma and Rakshabandhan).

In the spirit of Gayatri japam, the southern chapter of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati foundation (based in Houston) organized a Gayatri Yagnam. Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation is the overseas affiliate of the Dakshinamnaya Sharada peetham. The peetam is established by the world renowned Vedic philosopher and teacher Adi Sankara from 5th century CE .

The Event was attended by 30 Ritwiks (devotees) ranging from ages eight to eighty, on August 11, 2012. The event began with Guruvandam –a reverential prayer to Acharyas of the Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetam.  It was followed by Ganapathi Pooja, Punyahavachanam, Kalasha Stapana and Shodasaupachara  poojas to Sri Adi  Shankaracharya and Sharadambal- the presiding deity of Sringeri . Braving the Houston heat, several of the Ritwiks sat in the fierce Houston sun for about 2 hours and unflinchingly did the japam. Every japam must be followed by dashamsha homa( homam for one tenth the count of Japam) and dashamsham tarpanam( offering of water for one tenth the count of Japam). The Ritwiks did the Gayatri homam for 108 Ahuti( 108 offerings of Ghee accompanied by the chanting of Gayatri mantra). It was followed by a Purnahuti( final offering) and the feeding of the Ritwiks.

A Short Message from our Chairman Sri. Srinivasa Yegnasubramaniam was conveyed on the occasion of event followed by Sri. Viswasankaran Kartick highlighting the overseas activities of the Mutt Center and its future plans for expansion in USA . Each of the participants went home spiritually recharged with a sacred promise to keep the practice of Gayatri japam every day and eager wait for the event next year.


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3 Responses to Gayatri Homam in Houston

  1. vinod mahavadi July 4, 2016 at 5:53 am

    very good thing,it must be done everywhere in the world

  2. SRICHARAN MAHAVADI April 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Great Event!!! Congratulations for perfectly executing this sacred event !!! Jai Gayathri mata..!

  3. Sarma Sastrigal, a performing sastrigal at Chennai August 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

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