To mark the Dwishatabdi (200 years) of the Shree Mahalaxmi Saunstan Panaji, a year-long ‘Shree Mahalaxmi Saunsthan Dwishatabdi Mahotsav’ that commenced last year will conclude with the Shree Mahalaxmi Dwishatabdi Mahotsav Saangata to be held from today until Thursday, July 19
The magnificent temple of Shree Mahalaxmi, situated in the heart of Panaji city, was established on July 10, 1818 (Hindu year 1740). This landmark of the capital city is the most frequented temple in the area. Whilst Lord Shiva, Lord Ravalnath and Grampurush stands on the left of the main temple, the idol of Lord Hanuman is consecrated in an independent temple on the right hand side on a raised land. Recently, an idol of Lord Ganesh was installed and consecrated with religious fervour.
This temple serves the religious needs of the faithful and remains an ideal place to find solace, ask for divine intervention and receive divine blessings. The religious festivals celebrated in the temple on a regular basis are ‘Gudi Padwa’, ‘Ram Navami’, ‘Chaitra Purnima Utsav’, ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, ‘Vasant Puja’, ‘Shravani Puja’, ‘Navratri’, ‘Dussehra’, ‘Diwali’, ‘Vaikunta Chaturdashi’, ‘Gopal Kala’, ‘Malni Purnima’, ‘Rathasapthami’, ‘Mahashivratri’, ‘Holi’ etc.
The concluding celebrations of the Shree Mahalaxmi Saunsthan Dwishatabdi Mahotsav 2017-2018 commences today, July 17 with a procession at 7 a.m. with Shreephal from the shrine near People’s High school to the temple. The other ceremonies include Laxmi Narayan Hridaya Parayan Japa Anushthan, Devi Mool Mantra Japa Anushthan and Lagu Purnahuti.
On Wednesday, July 18, Panchayatan Yaag Japa and Havan and Lagu Purnahuti will be performed. On the final day, Thursday, July 19, Ganesh Puja, Punyavachan, Abhishek, Vaastu Home, Navagraha Home, Mukhya Devata Lagu Vishnu Havan and Maha Purnahuti will be performed.
On all three days Devi aarti will be performed at 1 p.m. At 8.30 p.m. a palanquin procession will be taken around that would be followed by aarti. On the concluding day there will also be a bhajan recital by Nashiketh Satardekar and others. Mahaprasad will be served after aarti on all days from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A devotional musical recital by Rahul Deshpande and Manjusha Patil has been organised on Friday, July 20 at Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium at Kala Academy at 6.30 p.m. The accompanists for the programme are Dayesh Kosambe, Raya Korgaonkar, Subhash Fatarpekar, Dattaram Shetye and Rahul Khanolkar. Entry for the program is free. Few seats have been reserved.