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Devi Durga

Vanamala Center for Art and Culture is organizing a two day Saadhana Shibira on Durga Saptashati on 11th and 12th of March 2017 at Auro Veda Farm, Yedamadu village, Kanakapura Highway, which is about 10 kms from Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram. Durga Saptashati would be chanted and explained in detail by Keertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar a reputed Kathakeertankar, erudite Scholar as well as noted Author.

Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatyam (Chandi patha) is one of the most popular Shakta texts comprising of 700 verses arranged in 13 chapters. It is a part of Markandeya Purana, composed in Sanskrit, somewhere between 400-600 CE. In this work, the glory of Devi is described elaborately. Here battle between Devi (Durga) and Demon (Mahishasura) is delineated elaborately. Philosophically, it is the war between good and evil. Devi Mahatme is considered as the central theme of Shakta agama. Durga Saptashati accepts Vedic tradition and the doctrine of Samkhya Philosophy in which Devi or Prakruti has three gunas (trigunatmike) – Satvika, Rajasika and Tamasika gunas. Chanting or listening to Devi Saptashati is believed to give innumerable benefits to the people.

Keertanacharya Sri Lakshmandas Velankar a noted personality in the field of Kathakeertan is a scholar par excellence. A disciple of Santa Sri Bhadragiri Achyutadas and Santa Sri Keshavadas, Velankar developed his own unique style in performing Kathakeertan. His scholarship in Sanskrit and philosophy has moulded him to be an excellent narrator and an author. Velankar has authored books on Kathakeertan and has translated more than 80 books published by prestigious Geetha Press, Gorakhpur, from Sanskrit, Hindi and Marathi to Kannada. Some of them include Bhagavatgita, Devi Bhagavatha, Shiva purana, Bhagavatha, Ramayana and many more. He served as a lecturer in internationally renowned Keertan Mahavidyalaya, trained many students in Kathakeertan; Former Member, Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy; Editor of Daasa Vaani, a magazine published by Daasashrama international Center. A recipient of Karnataka Kalashree from Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy, Velankar has been honoured by many organisations.

Durga Saptashati would be explained by Keertanacharya Lakshmandas Velankar in the following sessions-

Saturday 11th March 2017

Breakfast  Session I       Tea Break    Session II    Lunch Break  Session III    Snacks/Tea  Session IV    Dinner

9 AM      10–11:30 AM   11:30 AM    12–1:30 PM    1:30 PM      4–5:30 PM    5:30 PM     6- 7:30 PM  8:30 PM

Sunday 12th March 2017

Coffee     Session V        Breakfast        Session VI      Tea Break       Session VII        Lunch Break

6 AM     7– 8:30 AM    8:30 AM      10 –11:30 AM   11:30 AM        12– 1:30 PM         1:30 PM

Participation Fee

Rs.3000/ per person for the whole shibira, which is inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with lodging facility at Auro Veda. Rooms are furnished with 4 to 6 cots with beds, pillows and blankets. However one can bring their own bed sheets. Hot water is available round the clock.

Auro Veda Farms is a serene place surrounded by greens with a hillock on one side, a stream flowing in the property and Navagraha Vana.

Interested persons can reach the venue on their own, or pick up and drop from Metro cash and carry Kanakapura road near Konanakunte signal can be arranged on prior intimation.

The number of participants is limited to 40. So those who are interested are requested to confirm their consent by paying Rs.3000/-  by Cash/Cheque/DD/Online transfer before 15th February 2017.

Cheques and DD are drawn in favour of Vanamala Center for Art and Culture Trust

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