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Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav held at Sikkim
13- 20 May 2013
Viswa Shanti Mahayagnya VIII & Veda Sammelan performed
With the blessings of Their Holiness Jagadgurus Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Jagadguru Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav was celebrated in Sikkim from 13th to 20th May 2013. A series of Yagnyas for Universal Peace - 'Viswa Shanti Yagnya' and Veda Sammelan were held in different parts of Sikkim - right from the capital Gangtok to the Shiv Mandir adjacent to the Tsango Lake near the NathuLa Pass along the Indo-China Border.
13-15 May 2013 at Thakurbari temple, Gangtok
Saraswati Devi- Adi Shankara Utsava Murthi - Kalasa Sthapanam
Veda Vidwans carrying the holy padukas and portrait of Acharya
Procession through important roads around Thakurbari temple
Alankara to Shri Adi Shankara
Veda Parayan in different Veda Shakhas
Stotra Books being given to little ones who visited the temple
16th May 2013 - Namchi
Havan Shala in Namchi
Portraits and Padukas of Their Holiness being taken around the temple
17th May 2013 - Shiv Mandir - Tsango Lake
A view of the Tsango Lake located at 12000ft - Snowcapped mountains seen in the background
Inside the Shiv Mandir on the banks of Tsongo Lake (12300 ft) - Rudra Parayan being performed
Books, photos and prasad being distributed
18th - 20th May 2013 - Kanchaneshwar Mandir, Ranipool
The last three days of the Adi Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav were held in the Kanchi Kamakoti Kanchaneshwar Mandir in Ranipool, East Sikkim. The temple was consecrated by His Holiness during His Yatra to North-East in 2002. On the 18th, Sudarshana Japa Homam, Maharudra Japam and Chandi Parayanam were performed. On Sunday, Triveda Suryanamaskar, Maharudra Japam, Chandi Homam were performed. Suvasini Puja and Kanya Puja were performed. On the 20th, the Nandi stapana, Dwajasthamba and Bali Peetam staphana and Laghu Kumbhabhishekam was performed. The event concluded with Maharudra Homam and poornahuti.
As ordained by Their Holiness, a Veda Pathashala was inaugurated in the Temple Complex with lighting of traditional lamp. The Pathashala is a Shukla Yajur Veda Pathashala. The Adhyapak commenced the vedic lessons for the students.
Palkhi Procession of Adi Shankara commencing from the temple
Procession along the Pakyong Road
Residents along the route receiving the procession with devotion
Little devotees chanting shlokas and leading the procession
Suvasini and Kanya Puja being performed
Abishekam to Hanuman
A view of the Dwajasthamba
Parayanam of Sama Veda Jaimineeya Shakha
Pathashala Adhyapak performing Vigneshwara Puja
Devotees watching the yagnya