RISHIKESH, INDIA, December 29, 2012 (Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas): Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati's Jayanti (birthday) celebration was held December 25th at Omkarananda Ashram in Rishikesh. Hinduism Today correspondent Rajiv Malik was a guest at the event. Shri Malik was welcomed and introduced to the audience by Dr. Quaylee Chakravorty, a dedicated teacher of the Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam Inter-College, and then along with a well-known Veda-Acharya he started lighting the deepas in front of Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati. Dance, Vedic chanting, a short katha on the life of Adi Shankaracharya, bhajan and kirtan followed.
A great moment for the audience came, when via multimedia, everybody could see a 1982 video of H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati speaking to devotees.
The final moment came when Kumari Somashekhari offered the first copy of the 2nd edition of the booklet "A Glimpse of Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati - His Lineage and His Mission" to Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati and then Shri Rajiv Malik, along with the President of Omkarananda Ashram Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati.
The booklet contains the interview conducted on behalf of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Hinduism Today magazine. Shri Malik spoke about Swami Omkarananda's life, praised his enormous work in the field of education and establishing beautiful ashrams and temples. He considers Swami Omkarananda as one of the greatest spiritual personalities. He praised Swami Omkarananda's style of answering most difficult and highly philosophical questions in a manner, which sounds like beautiful, flowing poetry.
Shri Malik was also full of praise and admiration for Swami Omkarananda's direct disciples, who were sent from Europe to Garhwal Himalayas, giving up their professional careers and all the luxuries of the West in order to establish spiritual and educational centres and spread the Vedic science in a most pure way.
Thanks and gifts were also offered to all the participants who helped to make Omkarananda Jayanti a great occasion. Swami Vishveshwarananda, in his vote of thanks, emphasized the utmost importance of having a Sadguru and also the importance of Prayer as well as a dedication to the great Vedic culture. The main priests of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Temple concluded the function with arati and pushpanjali.