MaGanga Dashahara Festival Retreat – 2016

Purna Vidya concluded its

‘MaGanga – A Sacred Civilization’ Festival Retreat of Ganga Dashahara.

International devotees from UK, Singapore, USA and India joined the event along with various locals from Gangotri. Other important community figures joined, such as, the Chief Judicial Magistrate along with his family and Superintendent of police, Uttarkashi. The first day started with a Kalasa Yatra led by Swamiji, Ammaji and over 40 women carrying a Kalasa. The program continued with MaGanga - A Sacred Civilization that started with Sri Ravindar Semwal’s introductory speech. Swamini Pramananda (Ammaji), the main speaker of the day emphasized to thousands of devotees assembled at the temple on the culture and heritage of MaGanga and the noble work being done by Purna Vidya Trust situated at Tapasyalayam in Netala over the last few years. The second day of the three day event started with bhajans by a team of women and girls who had travelled from Netala. This was later followed by Bhandara for over 250 Sadhus. Ammaji was invited to the stage giving a very powerful and inspiring message to remain connected to the source of the Indian civilization and the sacred culture which is, MaGanga.  Ammaji then requested thousands of devotees who assembled on this occasion to take a pledge in protecting the waters of Ganga and keep them clean. She also said that none of us has a right to make the holy waters impure by putting garbage and untreated sewage into Ganga. She gave many quotations from the Holy Scriptures about MaGanga. The Final day of the three day program on the auspicious Ganga Dashahara day began with the holy chanting of thousand and eight names of MaGanga, known as ‘Ganga Sahasra-naam’ followed by a puja archana to all the Devatas and MaGanga. The main temple gates were opened and MaGanga was brought in her Doli by the priests of the temple and thousands of devotees joined the procession. She was taken to the river and all the rituals were done.  Once everything was completed, the Doli was brought back to the main temple along with all the different Devatas from various nearby villages. During the three day event, under the Purna Vidya’s  ‘Balika Vidya Danam’ project, 21 girl children were chosen from 8 villages around Gangotri who exceled in their studies. They were awarded new clothes and financial help to continue their studies. Following the successful three day event, the retreat participants along with Swamiji & Ammaji took five jeeps towards Tapasyalayam located in Netala, Uttarkashi where three more days followed with talks on MaGanga Sacred Civilization, trekking, annadanam for over 40 children provided by our retreat participants, visit to Netala’s Nag Devata, who blessed the group, and finally chanting and dancing with villagers. Another Amazing Retreat concluded!!!