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24 July 2013
24 July 2013, Kanchipuram
The 79th Jayanthi of His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamiji was celebrated at Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Shrimatam, Kanchipuram on 24 July 2013 with devotional fervour.
On the Jayanthi day, His Holiness blessed devotees at 5.00 a.m. with Viswaroopa Darshan. Shrimatham reverberated with the Mangalavadya Nada Sumanjali Samarpanam performed by 108 Nadaswaram and Thavil Vidwans. His Holiness offered prayers at the Adhisthanam of HH Pujyasri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Mahaswamiji. His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Sankaracharya Swamiji next visited Shri Kamakshi Ambal's temple. Pujyasri Acharya Swamiji performed Puja to Devi Kamakshi. His Holiness offered prayers at the Shrine of Shri Adi Shankara in the temple premises. As per customs, the temple honours and prasadams were offered to His Holiness there.
His Holiness returned to Shrimatham and the Jayanthi celebrations began with Vedic chanting and recital of Shrimatam Swastivachakam. Welcome address was presented in Sanskrit. Ashtotra Namavali of His Holiness Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji was recited and Swarna Pada Puja and Abhishekam was performed to His Holiness by His Holiness Pujyasri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. This was followed by Pushpabhishekam where His Holiness performed abhisheka to HH Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji with different varieties of flowers. His Holiness was adorned with flower garlands and kreetams(crowns), followed by Deeparadhana. HH Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji then performed the Shri Tripurasundari Sametha Shri Chandramouleeswara Puja. Veda Parayanam and Homam were performed. Several scholars took part in the Vidwat Sadas and spiritual discourses were held. Poornahuti of the Homam took place in the presence of Their Holinesses.
Later in the day, Kanya Puja , Suvasini Puja, Dampati Puja and Tiruvilakku Pujas were performed. Prasadams from various temples including Shri Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams were offered to His Holiness. A herbal exhibition was held on the occasion and rare herbs and plant varieties with medicinal value were displayed.
In the evening, His Holiness Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji performed Pushpabhishekam to His Holiness Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. An endowment lecture on "Guru Mahima" by Sanskrit Scholar Sri. Dr. S. Venugopalan was organized at Srimatam by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya(SCSVMV University), Kanchipuram. The father-son duo of renowned violinist Shri L. Subramaniam and Shri. Ambi Subramaniam gave a classical performance in the evening. Sewing machines and other aids were distributed to the needy, to help them stand on their own and sustain themselves economically. Devotees from far and wide took part in the celebrations and received the blessings of Their Holinesses.
Jayanthi Mahotsavam Photos (click on the photo for larger picture):