Courtesy JET Australia Foundation / Brisbane Chapter
IN February 2017, H.H. Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji graced Brisbane with his divine presence for the fourth time. Leaving India after performing Prana Prathishttas for temples in Vijaya Kiladri, Andhra Pradesh, Jeeyar Swamiji arrived in Brisbane at 8:45pm on the 18th February.
Swamiji and his Kainkarya Parivaram were hosted at the humble abode of Vinay and Anitha Ramanujadasan. Upon arrival, Swamiji greeted the devotees who had come to receive HH, and spent time interacting with each of them personally. After addressing the devotees, Swamiji performed his Nitya Karmas followed by Theertha Goshti.
The fifth Samuhika Thirukalyana Utsavam of Sree Seeta Rama Chandra Swami was celebrated in a grand manner with pomp and splendor by the Brisbane chapter of JET Australia in the presence of H.H. Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji. The event was organised for Feb 19th, with volunteers working tirelessly for over two months to bring this celebration to fruition. Madhusudhana Swami performed the Thirukalyanam, assisted by Shrikanth Swami, Sudarshan Swami, Gopi Swami and volunteers from Jet Brisbane Chapter. The backdrop, decorations and Mahaprasadam were provided by BAPS Swami Narayan temple in a manner befitting the divine couple.
Devotees were offered an opportunity to participate by performing Thirukalyanam to Archa Murthis. Brisbane chapter had organised for new sets of Archa Murthis to be available during this Utsavam for those devotees who decided to invite the divine couple to their homes. Many devotees took advantage of this opportunity and were able to take home their own Archa Murthis of Perumal Thayar and Parivaram after the Utsavam. During the Utsavam, Jeeyar Swamiji kindly explained the religious and social significance of each of the Vedic rituals that form a part of the Utsavam.
The following day, Jeeyar Swamiji performed Samashrayanam after Theertha Goshti for devotees who expressed interest in surrendering to the divine couple as members of Ramanuja’s spiritual family. As part of this holy ceremony, Swamiji explained the importance of Samashrayanam and initiated 14 devotees as Sri Vaishnavas. After the ceremony, everyone partook in the Mahaprasadam prepared with love by Tripathi ji and Jogeshwar Prabhu.
Swamiji later officiated a Samuhika Pooja for Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva for children and students. During the puja, Jeeyar Swamiji explained the significance of Lord Hayagriva and answered questions from children. Following the Puja, Swamiji interacted with the assembled devotees, before leaving to Sydney on road.
JET Brisbane Chapter were very enthusiastic and humbled to host Swamiji for the fourth time, with all funds proceeding to the Sree Ramanuja Sahasrabdi project in Shamshabad, Hyderabad. Devotees in Brisbane are excitedly waiting for Swamiji’s return in the coming years.