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Devi Mahatmyam - Caritam 3

Devī Māhātmyam ~ Caritam 3

with Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati, CIF


Adi Sankara Nilayam

(Maternal brith home of Śrī Ādi Śaṅkarācārya)

Devī Māhātmyam:

This text describes the Goddess as ‘Śakti’, the Supreme power and creator of the Universe. This text, composed in Sanskrit, is part of the MārkaṇḍeyaPurāṇa and consists of 13 chapters and 700 mantras. It is also known as Durgā Saptaśati or Caṇḍī-pāṭha. In most parts of India, it is the most renowned text dedicated to the worship of Devi Durgā, and it is recited during Navrātrī celebrations and the Durga Pūjā festival.

The Devī Māhātmyam recounts a victorious battle between good and evil, where the Devī manifesting as Goddess Durgā leads the forces of good against the demon Mahiṣāsura.  In peaceful times, states the text, the Devī manifest as Goddess Lakṣmī, empowering wealth creation and happiness. The verses of this story also outline a philosophical foundation. It also describes reverence and worship of the feminine aspect of God. It is often ranked to be as important as the Bhagavad-gītā.

Camp Highlights

Devi Mahatmyam chanting
Guided Meditation 
The detailed story of Devi Mahatmyam 
Spiritual and sybolic meaning of this scripture 
Celebrate Uttram Mahotsavam, the joyous 3-day celebration of Lord Ayyappa's festival ending on March 21, 2019
Event Details
Event Start Date 16 March 2019
Event End Date 21 March 2019
Registration Start Date 03 January 2019
Category Camps/Retreats
Suggested Donation USD 200.00 AC Accommodation
USD 145.00 Non-AC Accommodation
Venue Adi Sankara Nilayam, Adi Sankara Marg, Veliyanad, Ernakulam - 682313
Contact Detail +91 9207711136, +91 9207711148, welcometocif@chinfo.org
Course Facilitator Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati
Text Covered Devi Mahatmyam
Language English
Type Public

The third Caritam of Devi Mahatmyam camp organised at Chinmaya International Foundation. Pujya Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati inaugurated the six day spiritual retreat on 16th March. Swamiji was welcomed with the traditional Purna-Kumba. The camp was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by Pujya Swamiji and Swamini Kashikanandaji (Chinmaya Mission Kasaragod).

This was Swamiji’s 3rd camp of Devi Mahatmyam. Last two years Swamiji covered Pradhama Caritam and Madyama Caritam, this year Swamiji was covered the Uttara Caritam, which is the final part of the Devi Mahatmyam text. This year 44 seekers were attended the camp including Kerala Sandeepany students.

Everyday there was Lalitha Sahsranama chanting led by Girija Amma. Last 3 days we had our Swayambu Ayyapa temple Uttaram festival in connection with the birthday of Lord Ayyappa. First day of the festival there was cultural programs by Balavihar students and Devi group, second day a cultural program by Chinmaya Viswavidypeeth students.

The camp concluded on 21st of March and was followed by Devi Puja and valedictory. CIF chief trustee Sri K K Rajanji , trustee Sri. Rajeshji were offered Gurudakshina to Swamiji on behalf of Chinmaya International Foundation. After the valedictory ceremony Swamiji distributed the recorded audio of the camp to everyone as Yajna Prasad. After the function the programme at the temple began. The programs ended with “Kadhakali - Kiratham”.

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