Kumud has now shifted to Vedanta Ashram, and her 60th birthday was her first birthday here. Shashtipoorti is an important milestone in the lives of all Hindus, and thus it was celebrated with traditional flavor. On 17th July morning was the Shiv-Puja of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev. This was followed by a South-Indian special lunch in which some devotees also joined & gave their felicitations. Later in the evening was a Bhajan & Bhojan Program on the Terrace Garden. A lovely flowery Rangoli was made with 60 written on it, and we all had lovely bhajans and then the bhojan.
On 18th a special Shastipoorti Puja was organized. Before the Puja, Kumud’s mundan was done, courtesy Swamini Samatanandaji and then she sat in the puja. In this apart from the Rudrabhisheka, there was a Havan, in which aahutis were offered to various devata’s, navgraha’s; then there was the Dhanvantari Homa and finally the Mahamrutunjaya Homa. All were done under the supervision of Swamini Amitanandaji. After the puja, Poojya Guruji gave her a new name of Brahmacharini Sakshi Chaitanya.