The 2018 edition of Anand-Lahari was organized on 10th Dec 2018 at the new Rang-Mandir Auditorium, Patwardhan Park, Bandra, Mumbai. Poojya Guruji blessed the occasion with his presence.
The program started with dance presentations by Ms Sanjukta Wagh ans Ms Radhika Sood Nayak, and in the second half there was the Bhajan program presented by Ms Pooja Gaitonde.
In the intermission the Managing Trustee of the Indian Cultural Foundation introduced the objectives of ICF to the guests and then Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmananda ji spoke about the objectives of ICF as the Fund Collector of ICF Programs, Encouraging Cultural Artists and he wished that in future we shall encourage artists who present Vedic Values & Culture.
On 10th Dec 2018, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji announced an outing at th end of the GITA MAHAYAGNA in Mumbai, and that was an outing called JUNGLE MEIN MANGAL – this was for visiting the Maharashtra Nature Park at Mahim. While the organizers were anticipating around 25-30 people, more than 60 people turned up at the appointed time. It was a great joy to see the enthusiasm of people to go for a walk & satsang in such a place of amidst Natural beauty.
The plan was to walk around a man-made forest patch for an hour or so, and then sit down somewhere below some tree for some Satsang & Meditation. However, going around in the forest was so engrossing & enlightening that all our time went away only in forest walk and learning about the different plants etc by a trained guide provided to us by the Park authorities.
Initially everyone gathered in one of their presentation halls. One senior official briefed us about the history of Park, and then the guide, Mr Prashant briefed us about the proposed tour. We were told that this place was initially a dump-yard for garbage, but then someone had this great idea of creating a park on this garbage. Tons of soil was pot and tree plantation started, and now they have acres of lovely forest. They have butterfly garden, Nakshatra Van – with trees of every constellation, plants & trees of medicinal importance etc. There are more than 100 kinds of birds which have been spotted there.
Finally there was packed snacks for all, which everyone sat together in one of their open halls and enjoyed it.
After nine years of dealing with elaborate pravachans on each chapter of Bhagwad Gita – two every year, all the eighteen chapters were completed in May 2018. As a grand completion of a great program, it was decided that Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji will take the summary of all the eighteen chapters of Bhagwad Gita in one session. As such in the winter session a nine days Gita Mahayagna was planned – and then successfully and very satisfactorily completed – from 30th Nov to 8th Dec.
Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji reached Mumbai on 29th Non, and from 30th Nov morning, the anushthtan began with the first chapter of Gita. First Poojya Guruji was received at the venue with Poorna-Kumbha and chanting of Vedic Mantras. There was great enthusiasm in the devotees coming to listen to these discourses and slowly the entire hall was jam-packed. Every day there was the summary of two chapters of Bhagwad Gita – one in the morning and one in the evening. The organizers planned the event nicely, in every session there were yajmans who did the Vyasa-Peeth Puja and later the Gita Aarti. Prasad was distributed by them to all devotees.
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