SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017 – OSHWAL CENTRE – SIDDHACHAKRA POOJAN
A brief explanation of what the Poojan is: The Siddhachakra diagram is the most versatile mystical diagrams in the Jain Religion. The word ‘Siddha’ means liberated soul and ‘Chakra’ means freedom from the karmic cycle.
As the story goes there lived at the time of the 20th Tirhankara Muniswarat Swami who lived approximately 1.1 million years ago. King Shripal was suffering from leprosy and was married to Mayanaswami who took him together with 700 lepers to a monk named Munichandra for a cure. The monk gave those instructions for the cure and on how to perform the Siddhachakra Mahapuja with a particular type of fasting known as oli which worked.
Siddhachakra Poojan took place on the 1st January 2017. This event was conducted by Jayeshbhai Shah.
The team of volunteers were at Oshwal Centre on Saturday 31st December 2016 from 10am preparing for the Poojan like filling in the diagram and getting all the fruit, sweets etc. for the Poojan.
On Sunday 1st January 2017 cooking for the event started from 5.30am with the help of our dedicated team of volunteers. Everyone enjoyed the delicious Jain meal from 1.30pm onwards given in steel thalis.
Snatra Poojan started at 8.00am followed by the Siddhachakra Poojan at 10.00am where different families took part.
Approximately, 350 people attended the Poojan. Nearly everyone was able to get a copy of the explanation of the Poojan both in English and Gujarati also with a calendar of events which we have planned for the whole of 2017 and are also on the website.
We were very fortunate to have a Tapasavi Amratben in our presence who had on this day completed 79 Ayambil Oli.
Everyone who attended the event enjoyed it.
We would like to thank Chanibhai for the sound system. Yogeshbhi and assistant for keyboard and tabla. Neelaben from Kenya and Inaben who assisted in the singing.
We are very grateful to all the volunteers who helped over the two days with the preparation and after the event.
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