Camp at Bangalore - 4 May 2014
Shankara Jayanti Mahotsav commenced at the Vidyaniketan Public School, Ullal - place of camp of Their Holinesses in Bangalore on 2 May 2014. On the Jayanti Day - 4 May 2014 , the Avatara Ghatta Parayana of the Acharya was performed after the Nitya Chandramouleeswara Puja. This was followed by Anugraha Bhashana of His Holiness Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. In his Bhashana, His Holiness pointed out the momentous work done by the Acharya in a very short span of time. As per tradition, the Veda Poorti Pariksha Certificate Distribution was held in which students completing the Vedic courses are awarded completion certificates. (See here for full details of the event).
In the evening at around 4.15 pm, Acharya's Vigraha was taken out on procession led by His Holiness Pujyashri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji, with the accompaniment of Vedic Chanting and Stotra Parayan. A large number of Vedic scholars and devotees took part in the procession and chanted the Veda Mantras and Shlokas. The procession that commenced from the Vidyaniketan school waded through the busy Bangalore roads and reached the Ganesh Mandir in the periphery of the Bangalore University GnanaBharti campus. His Holiness visited the Ganesh temple and offered prayers to Lord Ganesha. In the specially erected colourful Puja Pandal, puja was offered to the deity of Adi Shankara- Abhishekam, Ashtotra Archana, Alankara followed by Deeparadhana. After the pujas, the Acharya Vigraha was taken in a procession back to the place of camp. The visual treat of the event, captured in photographs are shared below: