Year 1997 His Divine Holiness At Age 19
Ramakrishna Mutt Period
1997 Dec | This was taken during a 2-day trip to Tiruvannamalai by a group of us from Ramakrishna Mutt. We would make a yearly trip to a chosen holy place. Upon my persistence we made it to Tiruvannamalai, my birthplace, that year.This photograph was taken in my house. Members of my biological family are performing pada puja (sacred offering to the feet of Sanyasis) as a mark of respect and gratitude to the sanyasis.
This photograph was taken in my premonastic home. One of the brahmacharis (monks) is offering arati (lit camphor) to the small altar in the living room.
HDH organised for multifarious activities during this trip for the Maharaja's to get a fulfilling experience of the place. Gopal maharaj later recounts to the disciples of HDH that the two days were the most packed days in their life ever and never had anyone in the group participated so much in just two days!This was taken during the guided tour of Tiruvannamalai for the group. The group can be seen climbing the sacred Arunachala Hill.
1997 October : It was Dusshera (nine-day festival dedicated to the Cosmic Mother) and HDH was in the Kancheepuram branch of the Ramakrishna mutt for around 3 months.For Dusshera He hand-made these deities of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati with mud clay, decorated them and celebrated the 9-day festival. He took them out on procession to great demand and at the end of the nine days, immersed them in the nearby water body as per the tradition. He was 19 years then.