In a noteworthy addition to the ongoing Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsav, the Matrishakti Conference was organised by Geeta Pariwar to underscore the importance of women in society and advocate for their empowerment. The conference, held on the fourth day of the grand festivity on February 7, gathered notable personalities, including Pujya Shri Shri Ravishankar Ji Maharaj, renowned activist Shrimati Rajshreeji Birla, and other prominent saints.
The Matrishakti Conference delved into discussions on women empowerment, providing a platform for rich deliberations on the role and significance of women in our society. The event aimed to emphasise the fundamental responsibility of society to encourage and respect women, recognising their pivotal contributions.
The Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsava reached a historic milestone with the initiation of the Mahayagya, featuring 81 havan kundas, in the sacred Devachi Alandi for the first time. Each day, this grand Mahayagya is conducted for the welfare of society, graced by different Yajmans (participants contributing to the ceremony).
The Mahayagya, a significant highlight of the ongoing event, is characterised by the continuous chanting of sacred scriptures by over 2000 Vedic scholars. The rhythmic vibrations emanating from this collective chanting provide a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for spiritual enthusiasts.
The third day of the Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsava witnessed the commencement of Baghwad Katha with the resonating chants of “Shri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.” The atmosphere in Devachi Alandi was filled with spiritual fervour as all present fervently participated in the collective chanting.
The devotees’ enthusiastic rendition of “Jai Ghosh” infused the gathering with a sense of divine connection, creating an ambiance where it felt as if the desires of every devotee were being heard by the divine.
Swamiji’s vatsalya bhava was again evident today when twelve respectful women achievers from different fields who dedicated their life for the social upliftment & empowerment of society. Notable among them were Smt Latatai Bhishikar ji, Bhagyalata Pataskar ji, Pramila Maheshwari ji, Indumati Katdare ji, Leena Mehendale ji, Vijay Godbole ji, Lalita Malpani ji, Leena Rastogi ji, Kalyani Namjoshi ji, Saroja Bhate ji, Dr. Mangala Chinchore ji, and Manda Gandhe ji. Swamiji and other esteemed guests praised and applauded these women for their selfless contributions.
Param Pujya Shri Govind Girji Maharaj said, “Today, while honouring 12 remarkable women, let us acknowledge their valuable efforts and hard work, which reflect the core of our cultural legacy. Their selfless contributions are a testament to their unwavering commitment to the welfare of society and safeguarding the timeless wisdom embedded in our traditions.”
The spiritual extravaganza also witnessed the august presence of revered spiritual gurus and intellectuals like Swami Shri Govind Dev Giriji Maharaj, Pujya Shri Shri Ravishankar ji Maharaj, Sudhanshuji Maharaj, Rajshreeji Birla, Sadhvi Ritambharaji Didi, Chinna Jiyar Swamiji Maharaj and Baba Shri Satyanarayanji Maurya.
Sharing his views and sentiments on Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsava, Pujya Shri Shri Ravishankar Ji Maharaj said, “You have bound the entire saint community of Bharat with a thread of knowledge, and those knowledgeable ones are none other than the divine Lord Krishna. I express my gratitude for this to Swamiji. Your celebration, the Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsav, is not a coincidence but a divine arrangement. The waves of devotion in this festival at the sacred land of Alandi are so profound that even atheists cannot escape its impact.”
The day reached its pinnacle with the soul-stirring ‘Bharatmata Aarti’ by Baba Shri Satyanarayan Maurya, renowned for his Bharat Maa Ki Aarti. In his unique way, Baba Ji very beautifully shared the rich history of Bharat, unravelling the true essence of being a Bharti. Through his extraordinary art and musical renditions, Baba Ji left a positive impact, enhancing knowledge and fostering a sense of pride among all attendees.
Geeta Bhakti Amrit Mahotsava, organised by the Veda Vyas Pratishthan and Geeta Pariwar, promises to be a unique blend of spirituality, rich bharatiya culture, patriotism, and devotion. A divine, unprecedented Grand 81 Kundiya Mahayagya is being performed on these days by 2500 Vedic acharyas. The event will witness a heightened sense of devotion with Bhagawat Katha, Harikirtan, constant chanting of divine sacred scriptures. Over 450 artists will perform Mahanatya on the epic Ramayana and Bharatiya Sant Parampara. The festival aims to celebrate our divine Vedic heritage, rich Indian culture, and devotion.