Tamil (Putthandu)/ Malayalam (Vishu) New Year and Jagath Guru Aadhi Shankaracharya’s birthday celebrations on Bhajan day – Friday 20 April at Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive from 7.15pm onwards.
We are celebrating the Hindu Solar New Year (which falls on 14 April) on our Friday Bhajan day on 20 April and Aadhi Shankaracharya’s 1,230 birth anniversary too.
Let us enjoy and celebrate the Hindu Solar New Year festival to bring peace and prosperity to our lives and Jagath Guru Aadhi Shankaracharya’s birthday who instilled bhakti (love) by singing Bhajagovindam, who promoted Gnana (knowledge) by writing commentary for the Upanishads, Gita and Brahma Sutras, who promoted vairagya (dispassion) by singing atma shatkam [lyrics on our true self (existence, knowledge & bliss)]. My humble pranams (prostrations) to all the great teachers of the world.
The Hindu Solar New Year festival symbolises the best time to start new ventures, the spread of peace and goodwill via art, dance and get together.
To celebrate the beginning of new hopes and aspirations, we will display an auspicious sight, make offerings, sing, dance and have a grand bhajan sandhya (lyrical evening expressing our love for the Divine) .
Please bring a plate of your favourite vegetarian food to share.
Ram Navami celebrated on Friday, 23 March.
We celebrated Lord Rama’s birthday with Pooja, Stotras, Bhajans and Rama katha (stories) with Shri Hanuman Raj group which was followed by Aarthi (light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) and/or camphor offered by devotees) which ended with a sumptuous meal and a variety of desserts.
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Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all
Sothi Kanagasabai – 0401 207 221 (m)
President, Gold Coast Hindu Cultural Association (GCHCA)