At Vivekanand Nagar - Hiwra, the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated like a Fair with great
pomp. Over 200,200 devotees from all over Maharashtra converge here.The celebrations last for 3
days. On the third day people from all castes and religions sit together on a 40 acre field and have food
which they call 'Maha Prasad' Serving of food is done by a team of 1000 plus volunteers with the use of
100 tractors and vans. Religious and Spiritual lectures & discourses are organized during this glorious event.
This largest single gathering of people from all castes and religions is a role model for all religions uniting together.
This has been made possible on account of the social awakening brought about by Shukadas Maharaj.
Shukadas Maharaj is a "Karma Yogi" by his acts and deeds. On his Birthday, hundreds of his devotees and well - wishers come to Vivekanand Ashram to pay their respects and seek his blessings. Bhajans and Kirtans are organized in the Ashram Campus.
In the earlier years there were no temples for the villagers to go and offer their prayers. They had to walk long distances for this purpose.
On the request of the villagers and with many of them offering their labour free, Shukadas Maharaj organized the construction of couple
of small temples in the beginning and subsequently he organized the building of two large temples. The temples being dedicated to
different Hindu Gods, the villagers from far and near come to offer prayers at these temples and, at the same time, contribute small donations
within their giving capacity. The Ashram conducts all popular festivals dedicated to different Gods-, Lord Krishna's Birthday,
Navratri festival and Guru Purnima Poojan, etc. with the active participation of the villagers.
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Vivekananda Janmotsav is celebrated in Vivekananda Ashram for three days from Paush Vadya Panchami to Saptami.On this occasion, Vivekanand Nagar (Hiwra Ashram), Paush Vadya Panchami fills the festival with the name of Swami Vivekananda.This festival is a 10-day festival from Panchami to Amavasya. All arrangements are made by the Vivekananda ashram. Thousands of devotees from all the surrounding villages and other districts are regularly visiting this place.Various pulses of agricultural exhibition that are very useful and helpful to farmers, are the feature of this festival.
Guru Poojan festival is celebrated on Ashad Purnima in Vivekananda ashram.In fact, Shukadas Maharajshri has not given any initiation as a disciple to anyone. Mantra is written on paper for chanting. There is no ritual or no donation for this.He does not call himself a guru.Nevertheless, Shukadas has innumerable devotees who worship Him as his Sadguru. A number of devotees come to the Vyaspornima for the Darshan of Shri Maharaj Shree and in the Vivekananda Ashram. And the guru poojan festival is celebrated.
From the age of 14, Shukadas Maharaj Shree started the Lord Shri Krushn Jayanti Mahotsav.A farmer is a God of peasants. Therefore, Shukadas Maharajshri, Lord Shrikrishna is called 'Kisan Dev'
Paush Vadya Saptami is the birth day of Swami Vivekananda.The moment of supreme happiness in Vivekananda's festival. On this day, there is a crowd of devotees on all directions. This whole crowd goes to the farm of Mahapangat of the Vivekananda ashram.
Swami Vivekanand's Birth Anniversary Celebrations at Hiwra.
Shukadas Maharaj supervising the distribution of "Maha Prasad"
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