Overview

HH Sri Sri VishwabooshanaTheertha Sripada’s ishtadevata is Lord Narasimha. The Ashrama sees daily activities and has some listed annual programs. The annual programs of the Ashrama coincide with the Hindu calendar. They however are held broadly during the following periods

1. Mass Pavamana Homa – usually in February – Sunday following Madhwanavami in the month of Magha
The Mass Pavamana Homa was started in 2009 and continues every year. The tenth year celebration was held in style on 4th February 2018.
2. NarasimhaJayanthi – usually in April – It is celebrated on Vaishaka Shukla Chaturdashi
This program is being celebrated annually since 1993. The 25th year of its celebration happens in 2018.
3. Dhaatri Havana and VanaBojana – usually in November – It is celebrated in Karthika masa after the completion of chaturmasa.
This program is being celebrated annually since 1993. The 25th year of its celebration happens in 2018.
4. Lakshapushparchane & Tulsi Archana for Lord Narasimha – One day during Chaturmasya period every year. The 25th year of its celebration happens in 2018.

Some of the critical differences that make these celebrations at the Ashrama unique are the following:

1. Mass Pavamana homa – 108 couples offer fire oblations themselves [not through a purohit] as a part of this homa. This homa is a collection of 610 mantras of Rig Veda. It is done to invite prosperity and purity in the family and negate sins. Lord Vishnu, Lord Vayu, Lord Agni, Lord Soma and Lord Bharati are invoked in this homa.

2. NarasimhaJayanthi – This is a ten days program at the Ashrama. It is appropriately called as Brahmotsava.

  • Devotees worship Narasimha in a scientific and ritualistic manner on all the days. Thousands of devotees participate in the mass worship.
  • There will be different homas everyday
  • Swamiji’s from other mathas participate in the celebration.
  • There is music, bhajans and harikhata [religious discourse] on all days
  • Thousands of devotees have Prasadam prepared as per ritualistic practice
  • There is a sadas every afternoon where experts debate on spiritual topics, headed by Swamiji

3. Kalyanotsava – Without the pomp, noise and show that one generally witnesses in temples, the Narasimhaswamy Kalyanotsava at the Ashrama is all about bhakti or devotion. The simple manner of conducting the Lord’s wedding with his Divine Consort, Lakshmi brings cheer and happiness to all the participants.

4. Dhaatri Havana & VanaBhojana– This is a unique environmental activity. The program helps people move closer to nature. The festivities focus on respecting plant life and having a dinner in the forests or among trees.

5. PanchaMukhiMaha Ganapati – This is among the few five headed Ganesha temples in the country. The temple provides an idyllic setting to pray leisurely. The PanchaMukhi Vinayaka symbolizes the highest level of yogic experience called “Sat-chit-ananda”.

6. Meditation Centre – A training and orientation center to help people learn and practice kriyayoga and dhyana [meditation]

7. Go-shala – An initiative to protect and feed destitute cows