Swaha GDKM Maha Shiv Raatri Celebrations

Swaha Gyaan Deepak Kirtan Mandali invites all devotees to its Maha Shiv Raatri Celebrations on Tuesday 17th February, 2015. Our celebrations would be conducted in two parts at the temple grounds (#19 Chotoo Street Aranjuez) as follows:

Session 1 from 8am to 11.30am: Havan
Devotees are invited to participate in an individual/family havan. The ingredients needed for this are given in the checklist below. Devotees are asked to arrive early and set up to begin promptly at 8.00 am. Gates would be opened from 6am to allow for adequate time to set up. Parking will be available on Chotoo Street and also at the Aranjuez Community Centre car park.

Session 2 from 8pm – 12am: Devotional
Celebrations will continue from 8.00 pm to midnight with bhajans, kirtans and discourses in praise of Lord Shiva. Jal offerings would be made at midnight. Secure parking will be available on Chotoo Street and also at the Aranjuez Community Centre car park.

Devotees are asked to accept this invitation as we celebrate one of the most auspicious and efficacious events on the Hindu calendar.

Om Namah Shivay! Har Har Mahadev!
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1. Shiva Murti/picture/small lingam
2. A fig leaf, large thaali, a piece of cardboard or any other surface material to place the murti/picture/lingam (a puja bedi is not required)
3. Chandan
4. Sindoor
5. Hardi
6. Clove
7. Janew thread
8. Perfume
9. Incense
10. Soopari (2)
11. Cotton wool
12. Flowers
13. Bael leaves
14. Mango leaves
15. Lota filled with water
16. Paan leaves (5)
17. Thaali for Aarti
18. Thaali with prasad, tulsi leaf, bael leaf and flowers (Prasad: fruits/meethai/mohanbhog)
19. Havan Kund
20. Mango wood
21. Ghee in container with havan spoon (approx. 1-2lbs)
22. Matches
23. Camphor
24. 2 deyas
25. Mat and/or sheet for sitting
26. Thaali with the following ingredients: Sugar, Rice, Gugul and Black til

* Devotees could purchase a Puja bag that would contain most of the ingredients listed above.

Radio 90.5FM Maha Shiva Raatri Programmes with SWAHA

Schedule of recorded broadcasts on Radio 90.5FM by SWAHA pundits in celebration of Maha Shiva Raatri 2015.

Date: Tuesday February 17, 2015

Time: 8.00pm to Midnight

Schedule of one-hour programmes

8.00- 9.00pm: Pt. Ishwar Madho Maharaj

9.00-10.00pm: Pt Jaidath Maharaj

10.00- 11.00pm: Pt. Umadutt Maharaj

11.00-12midnight: Pt. Dr. Umesh Persad.

In addition to these programmes, Radio 90.5 will also feature Shiva bhajans from 6.00 to 8.00pm and then continue from midnight to 6.00am.


Saraswati Devi mantra for success

सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि ।
विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा ॥

saraswati namastubhyam varadé kāmarūpiṇi |
vidyārambham kariṣhyāmi, siddhirbhavatu mé sadā ||

O Saraswatī, salutations for you, O Giver of boons, O Giver of form to desire, I am going to start studying, may success be mine, always.