Pilgrimage To Dihika

  • Prabhat Feri begins from ashram at 5 a.m.
  • Enthusiastic devotees join in the procession.
  • Palanquin is carried to the Ranchi railway station.
  • 1400 devotees and monks board the special chartered train to Dihika.
  • Each of the 17 compartments is loaded with breakfast, water, and drinks.
  • Swamijis greet the Indian railway officials.
  • Aarti is performed before departure.
  • The train is flagged of to Dihika.
  • Swami Pavitrananda leads meditation in his compartment.
  • Devotees join in the chanting...
  • which is followed by meditation.
  • Devotees enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and...
  • divine fellowship.
  • Dihika devotees wave, from front of the kendra, to the approaching train.
  • In joyous anticipation devotees alight at the station.
  • The temporary gate welcomes the pilgrims.
  • Palanquin is carried from the station to the kendra.
  • Chanting Gurudeva's blessed name.
  • Ranchi devotees are joined by local and Dakshineswar devotees.
  • Local devotees give a warm traditional welcome with showering of flowers...
  • and blowing of conches.
  • Procession enters the holy grounds.
  • Spot where Gurudeva sat in 1935-36 is a shrine now.
  • A sign board on ground tells about the history.
  • Swami Madhavananda leads the Energization Exercises.
  • Swami Smaranananda speaks about Guru-disciple relationship.
  • Swami Vishwananda talks about the history of YSS starting from Dihika.
  • More than 1600 devotees are present on the occasion.
  • Swami Nirvanananda performs arati.
  • Devotees receive First Day Cover of the recently released YSS stamp.
  • Special Bengali meal is served for lunch.
  • Brahmachari Saujanyananda leads the afternoon bhajan session.
  • Litchi sapling from the Litchi Vedi is planted by the visiting SRF monks.
  • Few moments of relaxation around the pond.
  • Devotees meditate in the dhyana mandir.
  • Hearts filled with devotion and with memories of a lifetime, devotees wait at the station to return.