Shri Sadguru Lalita Maauli

Panvel 30th May 2014: During 2012 and 2013, all the celebrations as mentioned under the menu ‘Events’ were celebrated with enthusiasm by devotees. Although the attendance was around 100 to 150 during each festival, there was great devotional fervor and cordial relationship between the devotees. The spiritual discourses were arranged on Maauli’s Nirvana day in the month of February, and on Birth anniversary day in the month of May in 2012, 2013 and also in 2014. On Shri Krishnashtami day in August 2013, Shri.Pramodji Kene, a great devotee of Lord Dattatreya was felicitated. He had vision of Lord Dattatreya There is a place dedicated to Lord Dattatreya on the top of the hill in the thick forest of Girnaar in Saurashtra area of Gujarat state. Shri.Kene has trekked to that place for nearly 120 times during past few years. He has written a travelogue elaborating various mystic experiences he had got during his sojourns to Girnaar hill. The highlight of Birth anniversary day on 2nd years old veteran Hindhustani classical singer Pandit Bhalchandra Patre of Mumbai who has been teaching music since past five decades. It was a treat to listen to that doyen of classical music.

In the month of April 2014, the idols of Maha Saraswati Jagdamba mata, Bhagwan Nityanand Baba, Lord Shri Krishna and Sant Dnyaneshwar were beautifully painted by a young artist Vivek Khandgaokar. Vivek is a resident of Panvel and put in his best efforts to make the idols look real and attractive. He painstakingly took two weeks to complete the work before Maauli’s birth anniversary on Akshaya Tritiya day, 2nd one and all. He was felicitated at the hands of Pt.Bhalchandra Patre on the same day. Another important thing done in the month April 2014 was re-plastering and painting of the dome of Samadhi Mandir of Pujya Lalita Maauli. There was heavy leakage during the monsoon last year, and so the repairs work was badly required. Now the Samadhi shrine looks very elegant .

Shri Nityanand Nilaya Gurukul alias Shri Nityanand Math is indeed a small Ashram made spiritually vibrant by the penance of Pujya Shri Lalita Maauli who lived there for more than 40 years. The daily attendance of devotees at the Math is small, but they are regular and sincere in their spiritual practice. Every day early morning Arati and Bhajans are sung from 6.00 am to 7.00 am and in the evening, ‘Guru-Vandana’ prayer and devotional songs are recited from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm by few devotees led by Maauli’s long time sincere dedicated devotee Shri. R.G.Bhambure. The melodious Bhajans on every Thursday and on Ekadashi day from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm are done by a small group of devotees led by Smt.Mangalatai Bhambure. There are few devotees who come regularly for reading and studying, and also for meditation and Japa. They are all residents of Panvel town. They come and do ‘seva’ of the Ashram by way of cleaning the floor, watering the plants, making garlands etc. The daily worship of the idols in the main shrine is performed by a qualified priest who stays little away from the Math. Since there is no enough space for lodging in the Math, a visitor has to make his own arrangement in Panvel town. A new visitor is requested to give prior intimation of his visit by calling or e-mailing much in advance. Please refer the contact details under the menu ‘Contact’.


Panvel 5th February 2013: The 16th 'Punyatithi' or 'the day of Nirvana' of Pujya Shri Lalita Maauli was celebrated on a grand scale at the Nityanand Math on Tuesday, 5th February 2013. On Sunday, 3rd Febraury, there was continuous uninterupted chanting of the Mantra " Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaay" from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. It was on this day 5th February 1962, sixty one years back, Maauli performed the concluding ceremony of Japa Yagna of chanting of that Mantra 130 million times on behalf of devotees. It was done with a Sankalpa for the welfare and peace in the world. The old memory was revived this year on the same date by continuous chanting for ten hours on 3rd Feb. There was very good response from the devotees. Then from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, the musical devotional songs were presented by a wellknown poet and singer Ramesh Kulkarni of Kolhapur.
The program on Monday was in the evening at 5.00 pm., a discourse on Bhagvat Gita by a wellknown speaker Shri.Nanadkumar Marathe of Panvel. The day 5th February began with Omkar chants from 3.30 am to 4.00 am. The Guru paduka Puja was at 8.00 am. The melodious bhajans were sung by the members of "Lalita Nityanand Bhajani Mandal' of Ambernath at 10.00 am. It was following by a very enlightening talk by Smt. Leelatai Joshi. The topic was "How to behave and whom to worship" . It was very informative and liked by all. After the noon Aarati, the Maha-prasad was served.


Panvel 24th April 2012: Pujya Lalita Maauli's 106th anniverswary was celebrated on Akshaya Tritiya day, 24th April 2012 at Shri Nityanand Nilaya Gurukul, Panvel with great spiritual fervour and enthusiasm. Apart from bhajans and aarati, the highlight of the day's ceremaony was the 'kirtan' by a girl of 11 years old, Shivaleela Patil of Alandi near Pune city. She has got an inborn talent of presenting intricate spiritual subject in a lucid, easy to understand way in the form of narration, anecdotes and songs. Everybody enjoyed her one-and-half hour long Kirtan thoroughly. The Kirtan was followed by Palki Utsava in the evening. The images of Bhagwan Shri Nityanand Baba and Pujya Shri Lalita Maauli were placed in the decorated Palki. The Guru-Padukas were also placed in the Palki. The Palki was taken round in the town amidst chanting of bhajans. Around 80 to 100 people attended the procession.


Panvel 5th February 2012: A series of lectures on Swatma Gita were held for the first time from 26th January 2012 to 5th February 2012 at Shri Nityanand Nilaya Gurukul. "Swatma Gita" is Pujya Lalita Maauli's eloquent expression of the knowledge of the Self and the Ultimate reality which she herself had obtained to the fullest degree. That occurred in January 1962. This being the golden jubilee year, a 'pravachna Mala', a series of discourses were arranged from 26th January to 5th February. The discourses were delivered by Shri. Ashok Godbole, an erudite scholar and an earnest spiritual seeker. The daily timing of the lecture was from 5.00 PM to 6.30PM. There used to be fairly good attendence of around 45 to 50 devotees every day. Shri.Godbole in his inimitable style lucidly elucidated various stanzas from Swatma Gita and explained illustrations as well. However, he could not complete the whole text in 10 days, nevertheless, he tried his best to cover most of the important topics as clearly as possible and, that was enjoyed by one and all.


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