REPORT ON SHRI MAHARUDRAM – 30, 31 OCT, 01 and 02 NOV 2014 @ SHRI SHIV MANDIR, MINTO, NSW 2566 (AUSTRALIA)
By Parameshwara’s grace and Kanchi Acharyal’s anugraham, Shri Maharudra Utsavam was organized at Shri Shiva Mandir premises on 30th Oct, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov 2014. This was the 3rd Shri Maharudra Utsavam being held at the temple premises. During the last 3 years, the event has been jointly organized by Vedic and Cultural Centre of Australia (VCCA), an initiative of VHP Australia and Shiva Mandir Management.
On this occasion, Shri Rudram from Shri Krishna Yajurveda Samhita was chanted 1331 timesby Rithviks in the span of 4 days. On the 3rd and 4th day, more than 45 Rithviks participated in chanting, Rudra Homam and Abhishekam. More than 800 devotees witnessed the chanting event on the 4 days.
The organizing committee consisted of Shri Dorai Rajan, Shri Ramarathinam, Shri Venkatrama Sastry and Shri Lal Bahadur Mishra. The committee was supported by Shri Ramachandra Athreyar and the temple priest Pandit Chetan Sharma.
Kanchi Mutt Silver pendant coins and temple prasadam were distributed to all the Rithviks and sponsors.
Smt Geetha (Melbourne) and her team took care of catering arrangements on all the 4 days and provided delicious lunch and evening prasadam for all the visitors and Rithviks.
During the 3 evening programs Shri Nirmaleswara Gurukkal delivered lecture on Siva Puranam. Smt Hemalatha Ganesan and Shri Krishna Ramarathinam presented vocal concerts one evening. Smt Lakshmi Narendra presented a Veena Concert on an evening. Shri Rudra Trisathi archana, Sri Vishnu Sahasranaama and Shri Rudra Krama Archana were also performed.
Sydney Shiva devotees have been witnessing Shri Ekadasha Rudra Japam and Shri Maharudram in alternate years since 2009 at the temple premises. We pray and hope this trend will continue for years to come with the support of Sydney devotees.