The Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi, celebrated the tithi Puja of Bhagwan Sri Ramakrishna on Saturday, the 17th February, 2018. The arrangements were made to show the temple programme in the pandal with the help of a giant LED screen for the benefit of those devotees who could not find a place to sit in the temple and witness the Puja.
The day began with Sehnai recital (on audio cassette) in the early morning when the gates of the Temple were opened for devotees. At 5.00 a.m. with the blowing of the conch shell, Mangalarati was performed by Swami Tadbhasanandaji Maharaj . After mangalarati was over, Vedic chanting was done by monastics. This was followed by Usha Kirtan led by Revered Secretary Maharaj and all the devotees were filled with high devotional spirit. During Usha kirtan all devotees went on a parikrama of the temple precincts.
The special puja of Sri Sri Thakur started at 7.35 a.m. The puja was done by Swami Tadbhasanandaji Maharaj. At the same time Chandi Path was done in the Shayan Ghar by Swami Dhruvarupanandaji Maharaj. The bhajans on Thakur in the early morning when puja started were rendered by Shri Rajgopal Paramanick and followed by Shri Chandra Nath Mukherjee and Shri Champak Chatterjee with his students, accompanied by Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya on tabla and Shri Bikas Bose on manjira. Afterward Revered Secretary Maharaj also rendered a few devotional songs till the start of Homa. Then after homa and pushpanjali Shri Chandra Nath Mukherjee also rendered some devotional songs.
The special puja was followed by Homa. Homa was also performed by Swami Tadbhasanandaji Maharaj assisted by Rev. Secretary Maharaj. On the completion of Homa, Pushpanjali was performed by all devotees as administered by Rev. Secretary Maharaj. After Pushpanjali, when the doors of the sanctum sanctorum were closed for offering bhoga, Rev. Secretary Maharaj gave a brief discourse on Sri Sri Thakur and Ma.
Arati was done by Swami Tadbhasanandaji Maharaj and arati songs in chorus were led by Swami Dhruvarupanandaji Maharaj. As a large number of devotees both inside and outside the Temple were to offer pranams to Sri Sri Thakur, Ma and Swamiji, the Temple was kept open for some time more and it was finally closed at about 12.45 pm. All the devotees offered pranams to the Holy Trinity and and partook of the cooked Prasad.