The Maha Kumbabhishekam of Lord Venkateswara statue at the Hari Hara Devasthanam, 16eme Mille, Forest-Side was held last Sunday, being preceded by daily prayers that started on Wednesday 27th June.
Swamy Srinivasacharya Badarika Ashramam had invited all Mauritians to the daily prayers and especially to the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Divya Mangala Vigraham – Maha Kumbhabhishekam on Sunday 1st July 2018 by eminent learned sages and Acharyas from Tirupati, India under the guidance of Acharya Brundavanam Partha Sarathi, OSK, Chairman and Head Priest. The ceremony was attended by thousands of devotees from India, Europe, Africa, America and other parts of the world.
According to the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu, out of love towards his devotees, incarnated as Venkateswara and appeared for the upliftment and liberation of humanity in this Kali Yuga age. Lord Venkateswara is considered to be the supreme form of Vishnu in this age. The Venkateswara Swamy temple is also called Kaliyuga Vaikuntam.
Lord Venkateswara is another form of Lord Vishnu and is also known by various other names: Venkatachalapathi, Venkataramana, Tirumal Devar, Varadaraja, Srinivasa, Balaji, Vithala, each signifying one aspect of His glory. He has a dark complexion and four hands. In his two upper hands he holds a discus (a symbol of power) and a conch shell (a symbol of existence). With his lower hands extended downwards he asks devotees to have faith and surrender to him for protection.
The supreme temple of Venkateswara is at Tirupati. The gracious Lord, whose abode atop seven hills in the Tirupati region in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 devotees every single day. His aura, charm and divinity attract people from all walks of life and from across the world.
Inspiration by Lord Venkateswara led the Hari Hara Devasthanam of 16eme Mille, Forest-Side to construct a unique 108 feet tall statue of Lord Venkateswara on the premises of the temple, to bless Mauritius and countries of the region. This majestic statue will enable devotees to rejoice in the presence of the Lord’s abode and chant his name with utmost devotion.
The realization of this 108 feet statue (unique in the world) of Lord Venkateswara is the manifestation of the devotion and belief of Acharya Brundavanam Partha Sarathi in the power of the divine and has been masterminded under the able Guidance of Guru Pita Shrinivasacharyaji.
The Hari Hara Devasthanam promotes spiritual consciousness and performs prayers according to principles laid in the sacred scriptures of Sanatan Dharma. The 11 feet tall Shivalingum and the 22 feet Panchamukhi Hanuman carved in one piece black stone are symbolic and usher powerful vibes and aura for the well-being of the citizens of Mauritius, protection of the country from calamities and its prosperity.
* Published in print edition on 6 July 2018