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JETUK organized Goda Ranganatha Kalyanam at 2 venues in and around London to celebrate both the cultural and spiritual significances of the Margazhi month….reports Asian Lite News

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The first of the two Kalyanams happened on 14th Jan, 2017 at Sri Guru Ravidass Hall, Manor Park, East London and the next took place in Darrick Wood School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, Kent on 21st Jan 2017. Team JETUK wishes all the Bhagavad bandus a happy English new year and January bringing with it Hope, Happiness and month of harvest and also this month(mid of Dec till mid of Jan) coincides with the Margazhi month. Margazhi is also the month that GodaDevi (Anda:l) chose to carry out the famed Kathyayani Vratam, which is an austerity observed for a specific spiritual purpose.

The events started with the ‘Lighting of Lamps’ ceremony, which was followed by the main rituals associated with the Kalyanam including Punyahavachanam, VishwaksenaAradana, Rakshabandanam and Kalyana Mahotsavam. The devotees were blessed with the divine sight of the divya kalyanam performed in a manner that followed all the Vedic procedures. Following the kalyanam,teerthaprasadam and shadari/shatari were offered to all the assembled devotees.

A delicious kalyanaprasadam was then served, which was complemented by some mesmerizing classical dance and singing performances. Some of artists were seasoned performers with over 15 years professional experience as in the case of MsRagasudhaji and others were by our very own budding veterans such as MsAtulya and MsReshma. Children participated in the various cultural competitions such as Ramayana coloring, Rangoli and sloka recitation and prizes were distributed to the winners. The highlight of the cultural celebrations was the Pongal-Sankaranti experience, which was brought to life with an authentic kite themed decoration, wood lamp lighting, sugarcane, Turmeric bulb and clay pot Pongal offering. The event concluded with BhogiPandlu celebrations where a special mixture made of gooseberries, sugar cane, and rice is showered on the heads of children to protect them from evil eyes and to bless them with a long and healthy life.

In the entire month the  priest Sriman Santhosh KrishnamacharyuluMaringanti swami, who is a multi-award winning Vedic Scholar and specialist in MythrayaniShaka of the Krishna Yajurvedam from Jeeyar Ashram, India, conducted various Poojas and Homas at the homes of devotees all around UK.

The year 2017 happens to be a most significant year because it commemorates Jagadacharya Swami Ramanujacharya’s 1000 birth anniversary making it a year of celebration, equality and reverence.