A Bhagavata Saptaha Mahayagna was organized by Smt. Nithyaji – Sri Sriramji at their residence in Redding, CA from Feb 10th to Feb 16th, 2016.
On Feb 10th, the Parayanam started with Pooja to Guru Maharaj’s divine Padukas and to Bhagavata Bhagavaan. Devotees enthusiastically performed the Parayanam of Bhagavata Mahatmyam and Srimad Bhagavatam over the seven days.
In the evenings, Sri Narayanan discoursed on Bhagavatam on all the days.
There were special celebrations over the intervening weekend – Feb 13 and 14. On Saturday, along with the Parayanam of the 10th canto, Krishna Jananam was celebrated with Nandotsav and Tirumanjanam for the Divine Couple. Govinda Pattabhishekam was also celebrated as the relevant chapters were read from Srimad Bhagavatam. In the evening, Ashtapadis were sung. Later, Sri Bhagyaji’s Madhurasmaranam was played for the devotees.
On Sunday, Feb 14th, Rukmini Kalyanam was celebrated as part of the Parayanam. Amidst singing of the Ashtapadis, Radha Kalyanam was performed to the Divine Couple. This was followed by a Theppotsav. The Divine Couple was decorated on a beautiful float and taken to a forest-like setting in the foothills of Mt. Shasta. They were set on a boat journey on a gently flowing river-stream amidst Sri Swamiji’s kirtans. It was indeed a divine sight to behold.
In the evening, the divine couple was decorated on a Jhoola and Nikunjotsav was celebrated. Musical offering by Kumari Madhura Sriram was the highlight of the event. Kumari Madhura rendered unto Thakurji and Guru Maharaj, beautiful Kritis on Guru Mahima, Nama Mahima and the Yugalam, wonderfully accompanied by Chiranjeevi Chandrasekhar on Mridangam.
On the final day – Feb 16th, the Saptaham concluded with Bhagavata Sangraha Parayanam and Bhagavata Pooja. Vidayatri and Anjaneya Utsav were performed.
The hosts Nithyaji-Sriramji along with Sowmyaji-Mukundji organized the entire event in a meticulous manner, and turned it into a great treat for Bhagavan as well as for all the visiting bhagavatas.
Devotees from Bay area CA, Houston, Dallas and Boston participated in the events.