More than 35,000 devotees from across the world virtually participated in the 186th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, that was streamed live from Belurmath, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission on Monday.
The gates of Belurmath were kept closed for physical participation because of the pandemic situation.
Though devotees could not come to Belurmath to pay their respects, more than 35,000 watched the programmes that had been lined up and streamed both on the Belurmath website and on You Tube.
The programmes started with Mangalarati at 4am and Usha Kirtan thereafter when senior monks led a procession that did the rounds of the main temple singing bhajans and kirtans. Special puja of the Paramhansa and homa were done at the natmandir of the Sri Ramakrishna Temple at 7 am. These were, however, not streamed virtually.
The programmes were shown from 8 am onwards as Sri Ramakrishna Vandana started. Thousands had joined by the time Swami Devrajananda started his readings from the Ramakrishna Kathamrita and then again during the Bhakti Geeti that was led by Swami Ekachittananda. Swami Amiteshananda read out from Sri Ramkrishna Leelaprasanga, another popular volume related to the teachings of Paramhansa. Like every year, a cultural programme was also organised by Ramakrishna Mission Saradapith — Jagabandana Bondi Tomae — which was a musical tribute to Ramakrishna.
The evening discourses on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna were given by general secretary of RKM, Swami Suvirananda and other senior monks like Swami Tattwavidananda, Swami Muktidananda and Swami Sarvottamananda.
“We have to be safe and keep our devotees safe, too,” Swami Suvirananda said.
Source: Times of India