Our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s Murti was installed at the Swami Dayananda Memorial Centre at Manjakkudi in Tamil Nadu on August 3, 2018.
The Mürti was unveiled by Pujya Swamiji’s senior disciple, Swami Prasantananda Saraswati in the august presence of Swamis and Swaminis of the Arsha Vidyä Parampara.
The Swamis and Swaminis were received with Pürëakumbham in a procession leading up to the venue. After unveiling the Mürti, the Swamis and Swaminis and all present paid their respects to the Mürti.
On this auspicious occasion, students of the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi chanted the Dayananda Païcakam. The Swamis and Swaminis who were present at the function reverentially recollected their association with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The Anugraha Bhäñanam was delivered by Swami Prasantanandaji.
The Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva, Smt. Sheela Balaji proposed the vote of thanks. She also felicitated the Swamis and the Swaminis.
The day being Pujya Swamiji’s Janma Nakñatra day, Adi Perukku and Adi Friday, day-long püjäs and homams were conducted at the venue and at the Angala Parameswari temple nearby. Annadanam was also done at all the nearby educational institutions and Chatralayams founded by Swamiji.
Regular retreats by Arsha Vidya teachers are planned at the Memorial Centre in Manjakkudi. They have been student disciples of Swamiji. The Memorial Centre housed in Manjakkudi is Swamiji’s Janmabhumi.
The Memorial houses a lecture hall and provides a good ambience for study. Other facilities include audio video amenities, state of the art acoustics and comfortable seating. The Memorial also houses the Swami Dayananda Archives, an exhaustive collection of Swamiji’s teachings in print and digital formats.
This centre can be utilised by students of Vedanta for in-depth study. The ambient green surrounding is also ideal for evening satsangs and informal discussions during a retreat. The Mürti installation is a fitting tribute of dedicating the Memorial to Pujya Swamiji.