Year 1995 His Divine Holiness At Age 17
Photos Of The Year
A group photo at the Ramakrishna Mutt where His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Nithyananda Paramashivam (HDH)(first row, extreme left) practised intense brahmacarya (monasticism) for 4 years (1995 - 1999).
This is the "Devi Māhātmyam" chant book. HDH used to chant these verses extolling the glory of Parashakti (Universal Cosmic Mother) when He was in the Ramakrishna mutt where He lived the austere life of a brahmāchari (Hindu monk) from 1995 to 1999.
In His own words,
"This is the book used for Durga puja during the Dusshera festival. I would chant this so often. I would go to the magazine department in the morning at around 10’o clock. After attending to the files and everything, if I have time, I will just take out this book and go on chanting. I would have a small bell and go on ringing it and chanting. I personally bound this book.Once I took the vow that I will chant the Chandi (another name for Devi Māhātmyam) 108 times. In three months I finished: 700 verses 108 times! I would go on reading and ringing the bell. When the staff brings in some work, I will attend to it and resume reading."
HDH carried this laminated photograph of Sri Ramakrishna with Him during this period and thereafter. This is still part of the biological archives of the National archives of ShriKailasa.
HDH held extraordinary love for the Trinity of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi (Sri Ramakrishna’s consort) and Swami Vivekananda (monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and one of the greatest saints of Mother India).He joined the Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and lived a 4-year period of extraordinary intensity, austerity and service as a brahmacāri (monk).
A Devi (Goddess) deity in brass which was part of the deity collection in the worship altar of HDH.