About Guru Devgiri
International Centre for Sree Narayana Guru Studies is a five stirey building constructed by SNMS at Nerul.Navimumbai on a pllt of land admeasuring 2800 sq.mtrs purchased from CIDCO in the year 1994. It is situated on a small hill reserved for religious institutions. Balaji Temple, Swamy Narayan Temple, Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram and a Catholic Church are the other institutions on the hill top. Foundation stone for the center was laid by late Swamy Saswathikananda, President of Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust, Sivagiri Mutt, on 05.02.1995. Swamiji named it “Gurudevagiri”. A seminar on the teachings of Guru was held on the occasion. Eminent personalities like Prof. M.K. Sanoo, Justice K.Sukumaran, and Dr. K.K. Damodaran participated in the seminar. The building complex with stilt area and three upper floors having facilities for multi purpose hall, Conference Hall, study rooms, library, guest rooms was completed in the year 2001. At the entrance of the building there are two beautiful Mandirams dedicated for Sree Narayana Guru and Lord Siva. Pratishta in the Mandirams were performed by Swamy Sachidananda on 11.02.2001. On this date every year large number of devotees gather here for ‘theerthadanam’(pilgrimage).
The project worth Rs.2 crores was completed in February 2001 by the exemplary skill and leadership displayed by Dr.K.K.Damodaran and his dedicated team for mobilizing donations from various philanthropic people. The main purpose of the International Centre for Sree Narayana Guru studies is to spread the messages, teachings and philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru throughout India and the world. Samiti has organized many seminars, symposia,conferences, study classes etc. on the messages, teachings and philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru in the International Centre. A world class library has been set up at the third floor of the Centre. The books written by Sree Narayana Guru, interpretations and commentaries on the books of Sree Narayana Guru, Vedic books, books on various religions, Indian philosophy, world philosophy, History etc. are stored here at the moment. Books on other subjects have also been added as per the requirement of the users. Research facilities are provided here for students to do Ph.D Degree with particular emphasis on the philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru. Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti received the holy teeth of Sree Narayana Guru on 11.01.2004 in a function organised for this purpose at Gurudevagiri, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. The teeth were in the custody of Guru’s Dentist Dr. G.O. Pal of Tiruvananthapuram. After his demise it went to the custody of Dr. Shivaraj Pal, Son of Dr. G.O Pal. Dr.Shivaraj Pal presented the teeth to his friend Shri Shivadasan Madhavan who handed over it to Shri R.K.Krihsnakumar at the function. Shri Krishnakumar in turn handed it over to Dr.K.K.Damodaran, President of Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti. It has been kept in the Samiti with due respect and is being displayed to the public during the Gurudevagiri Theerthadanam in the month of February every year.Shri. R.K.Krishnakumar donated a gold casket for keeping the holy teeth. The international center was formally inaugurated by late Shri. K.R.Narayanan, former President of Indiaon 12th February, 2005.
Guruthi puja is considered as one of the “supreme” way of worshiping Goddess Rajarajeswari Devi. This is the most powerful puja to remove all obstacles and evil forces against one’s life. Guruthi puja is done at night 9:00pm on the north side of the temple under “Pala maram” (Biological name - Alstonia scholaris).
Pushpanjali is an offering of flowers to Gods. In Sanskrit, pushpam means "flower" and anjali
means "offering with folded hands". So Pushpanjali means offering of flowers with folded hands.
Rakhta Pushpanjali:This is an anjali done by some people in kerala. This is not in hinduism. it is a wish.It is belived that the offer to Malayalapuzha Devi such as sattin cloth, oil, with Raktha Pushpanjali, Niramaala, Vilakku, Vedi etc for a continuous seven Fridays will satisfy any of your wishes. it is a wish of an individual.
Pal Payasam is a classic dessert made with rice, milk and sugar. It is prepared on special occasions and festivals. It is rich, creamy and tastes heavenly.
Archana is a special, personal, abbreviated puja done by temple priests in which the name, birth star and family lineage of a devotee are recited to invoke individual guidance and blessings. Archana also refers to chanting the names of the Deity, which is a central part of every puja. The Sanskrit meaning is "honouring, praising."
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