The consecration ceremony (10th February 2006)


About Consecration Ceremony

Most Revered Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj
Most Revered Srimat Swami Gahananandaji Maharaj
The Consecration ceremony of the Universal Temple was on 10th Feb. 2006 from 6.30 am to 7.30 am.
Most Revered Srimat Swami Gahananandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math dedicated the temple to Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna. Most Revered Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math was also graciously present on this grand occasion.
Nearly 355 Sadhus from the various Branch Centres of Ramakrishna Mission all over the world were assembled in the Nagpur Math to participate in the ceremony.

The photos of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna , Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Shivananda and Swami Vivekananda were taken in a procession (Parikrama) from the Temporary shrine.

All the Sadhus participated in the parikrama.
The parikrama started at the scheduled time from the Temporary Shrine and entered the new Temple campus from the main gate. It went round the new temple thrice and entered the new temple at 7.30 am. The procession of 355 Sadhus was witnessed with devotion by nearly 8000 devotees.
Most Revered President Maharaj offered the Arghya to Sri Ramakrishna and performed the first Mangal Arati in the New Temple.
A Sanskrit hymn Savra Mangal Mangalye was sung in chorus by all the Sadhus. Thereafter, all the Sadhus offered the Pushpanjali to Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna.
All the devotees, then, offered their devotional pranaams by entering the newly consecrated temple. Devotees expressed their joy of witnessing the whole program. The Prasad was distributed to all the devotees.
The Swami Akhandananda hall was also inaugurated on the same day at 11 am.
Besides the consecration, various program comprising of lectures by learned Sadhus and dignitaries; musical performances by the renowned artists; devotional songs by the famous vocalists were arranged on 9 th, 10th and 11th Feb. 2006.
By the grace of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna the whole program was very peaceful and spiritually elevating. The whole hearted co-operation of all volunteers, caterers, Pandal erectors, music system, electric power suppliers, traffic controlling police and various other agencies rendered the program successful. Heartfelt thanks are, therefore, due to them all.

Salient Features

  1. The total number of devotees who attended the programmes including Local delegates, Residential delegates, Non Residential delegates, Special invitees and guests were garound 5000.
  2. Lady devotees were accommodated in 7 Mangalkaryalayas / Halls nearby the Math and Gents devotees were accommodated in 4 Mangalkaryalayas / Halls where transport was provided to bring devotees to Math.
  3. Reception counters at Railway Station and at Math to welcome the Delegates.
  4. Extensive use of Laptops and mobile phones to communicate and to register the delegates coming from various parts of the country and abroad.
  5. The Public Telephone Booth, Police Help counter, Fire brigade counter, Medical First-Aid, Tours, Travels and Tickets counter, Reception and Enquiry counter were installed to help the delegates.
  6. Separate stall on payment for snacks, tea and coffee etc.
  7. 50% discount was offered for the purchase of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda-Vedanta Literature published from Nagpur Math.
  8. Release of Souvenir and many new publications by Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj on 8th February, 2006.
  9. Temple Consecration on 10th February, 2006 by Most Revered Srimat Swami Gahananandaji Maharaj between 6.30 am to 7.30 am.
  10. Sadhu Bhandara on the same day which was attended by 381 Sadhus from the various Branch Centres of Ramakrishna Math and Mission all over the world, private centre monks and the monks from the different Aakhadas of Nagpur.
  11. Bunddhe prasad and photo of the temple was distributed to each devotee coming out from the temple after the Darshana of Sri Ramakrishna.
  12. Nearly 9000 devotees took Khichudi and Bunddhe Prasad.
  13. Main Function from 9th to 11th February, 2006 included various programmes comprising of lectures by learned Sadhus and dignitaries; musical performances by the renowned artists; devotional songs by the well known vocalists.
  14. To start the programmes, Special Programme was arranged on Holy Mother. Pravrajika Amalaprana Mataji, General Secretary, Sri Sarda Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Dakshineshwar, Kolkata, Pravrajika Amitapranaji, Sarada Mission, Indore, Smt. Jayashri Natu, from Pune, Dr. Nivedita Bakshi from Mumbai and Dr. Kamala Jaya Rao, from Hyderabad were on the stage to grace the occasion.
  15. Week long programmes from 8th to 14th February, 2006 included Marathi Kirtan and local programmes.
  16. Close Circuit Televisions and Big LCD Projectors were used to show the live programmes and the Temple consecration programme to the devotees.
  17. Local Pilgrimage on 12th February, 2006 to Telankhedi Hanuman temple, Koradi Mahalaxmi temple, Ramtek and Kamptee Dragon Palace Temple. (Nearly 260 monks went for this pilgrimage)
  18. Shegaon Pilgrimage from 13 th February, 2006 to 15th February, 2006 morning including visit to Sri Sant Gajanan Maharaj temple, various activities, Anand Sagar project. (Nearly 233 monks went for this pilgrimage)
  19. Initiation on 12th, 14th and 16th February, 2006 by Most Revered Srimat Swami Gahananandaji Maharaj.
  20. Narayan Seva by feeding nearly 3000 poor Narayanas on 12th February 2006.
  21. 450 volunteers including 160 outstation volunteers rendered services for this function. There was a separate department to serve the volunteers (Volunteers for Volunteers).
  22. A team of around 50 doctors to provide the medical help with emergency handling capacity with Ambulance.

Memento Presentation

Most Revered Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj
The Mementos were presented by Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj to the people who actively participated in the Temple construction work on 11th February 2006. The few names are as follows.
Most Revered Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj
  1. Shri. G.V. Reddy Honorary Architect, Hyderabad.
  2. Shri. Rajendra Mahulkar Consulting Architect, Ramakrishna Math, Nagpur
  3. Shri. D.D. Sharma Engineer- in -Charge, Bhopal
  4. Shri. Srinivas Warnekar and Shri. Sumant Mundle Contractor, Bhaskar Construction, Nagpur
  5. Shri. M. R. Joglekar Project Engineer, Ramakrishna Math, Nagpur
  6. Shri. Shankar Sthapati Shilpi M/s Shankar Shilpa Shala, Chennai
  7. Shri. Hanumant Rao Structural Engineer, M/s Descon Pvt. Ltd., Hyderbad
  8. Shri. G. Paul and Company Murtikar, Kolkata
  9. Shri Hemant Mundle Painting Contractor, Nagpur
  10. Sri Kanchan Dapke Electrical Contractor, Nagpur
  11. Shri Dinesh Luthara Wood Supplier, Shivani (Madhya Pradesh)
  12. Shri Shekhar Gupte Water Proofing from Team Engineering, Nagpur
  13. Shri. Amol Shringare Soil Testing, Nagpur
  14. Shri. Vivek Deshpande Furniture M/s Space Wood, Nagpur