Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sri Ramakrishna Temple : Fruition!

ll ॐ नमो भगवते रामकृष्णाय ll

Dear Bhaktas,

श्री गुरु महाराज जी की जय !!

              Sweet are the fruits of the labour of love !  

Fruition of a Sankalpa, a deep desire, long, ardent prayers and hard work has appeared as this Krpa !  Indeed, Thakurji has Himself decided to bless us by getting an abode for Himself ready, in this very historic 'Pink City' of Jaipur, sanctified by the footfalls of the compassionate Sri Ma Sarada Devi, of Swami Vivekananda and of many of His  Parshadas, (especially of Yogin Maharaj, whose Jayanti is to be the Pratishtha day)!
This Rajasthan, the land of bravery, dunes, colour and rich folklore, gifted Swamiji with  the Safa (turban) which he adorned..., giving it his identity status of sorts, (which also formed the attire subsequently of many of his Gurubhais), this land, of which Sri Thakurji spoke in the 'Kathamrita', where women effortlessly balanced  towers of water-filled pots on their heads... and this very land that is home to Shri Radha-Govinda Devji..... shall now rejoice, for His own presence here shall fill us ... with tranquility!
...And His Bhaktas have built a beautiful shrine for Him, clad in over 30,000 sq. feet of Jodhpur stone.
.....And Sadhus and Mahatmas... and His children from all over, shall come to see Him seated gloriously, on the Pratishthapana day, rending the air with "श्री गुरु महाराज जी की जय !!"
Even the sky turns a shade joyous...

The Shrine is built thoughtfully and painstakingly. The majestic front staircase (with concealed lighting) leads up to the prayer hall, Garbha-grha and covered Parikrama.  Below is the Sabhagrha, Auditorium. A gentle ramp on the western side is built for those who find it difficult to climb. Another matching staircase leads up from the east.
The entire maintenance for the domes, exterior and upper floors and terraces can be carried out with a separate  rear entrance and pathways segregated from the Thakur-seva areas.

In the coming days we shall show more of the details with pictures.
....The fruits will ripen in 3 weeks...

Swami Sheshadri

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