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Atirudra Yaga at Datta Peetham




The sacred and rare Atirudra Yaga commenced today at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidanand Ashrama, Mysore.
More than 130 scholars from various parts of India are part of this Maha Yaga. This Yaga will be held at Datta Peetham from 12th to 22nd November 2010 in the divine presence of Parama Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji. The Yaga commenced at 6 am and Pujya Sri Swamiji offered the first day’s Purnahuti at 1 pm.

Significance of Atirudra Yaga at Datta Peetham

Avadhoota Datta Peetham is profoundly happy to announce the conduct of Ati Rudra Yaagam, the ultimate Ritual in the service of Lord Shiva in the holy month of Kartika. Under the sacred guidance of Jagadguru Parama Pujya Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, more than 150 scholars will conduct the great ritual for 11 days from 12th November to 22nd November 2010, according to the eternal Vedic Traditions; enumerated by great seers Bodhayana and Aapastamba.
Importance
Yajurveda is famed for its ritualistic elegance, grandeur and details among all the Vedas. Here, Samhita occupies the vital role, in which Rudra Adhyaaya is the most significant part from the 4th Kaanda (Chapter). Although, the Rudra Adhyaaya has several divisions according to different methods, the division into 169 Mantras is the most prevalent and relevant pattern of conducting Rudra Yaaga.
In these 169 Mantras, the Omni Presence, Omni Potence, Almighty of the God is amply and vividly described. Forces of Nature such as Earth, Energy and Wind along with their derivatives are extolled as the aspects of Lord Shiva. These aspects are also referred as innumerable aspects of Rudra. Hence, this part is referred as Shata Rudreeya in Veda. Therefore, these Mantras attain their pre-eminence among the devout worshippers.
Among the methodologies of utilising the Rudra Mantras, Homa constitutes the most significant variety. Brief definition of Rudra Homa Categories:
1 Ritwik x 11 Recitations = 11 No.s = Eka Rudram
11 Ritwiks x 11 Recitations = 121 No.s = Laghu Rudram
121 Ritwiks x 11 Recitations = 1331 No.s = Maha Rudram
121 Ritwiks x 11 Recitations x 11 Days = 14, 641 No.s = Ati Rudram
According to the last mentioned method, 121 Ritwiks (Pundits), supervised by scholars called Brahma, recite Rudra Mantras and offer Aahuti (Oblation) in 11 Homa Kundas for 11 Days.
Veda Explains that Shatarudreeya Mantra Parayana/ Homa pacifies the ferocious forms of Rudra (Shiva) and stipulates the Parayana/ Homa with Vasordhaara, after the Homa with Shatarudreeya, for appeasing and pleasing the peaceful aspects of Lord Shiva, which would result in Prosperity and Well Being. Accordingly, every day Vasordhaara Mantras are chanted along with incessant flow of ghee into the Homa Kunda, after 11 Rounds of Rudra Homa.
Several ancillary methods of worship such as Mahaa Nyaasa Poorvaka Ekaadasa Rudra Abhishekam, Paarthiva Linga Archana, Veda Paarayanam, Bilwa Archanam, Naama Sankeertanam, Ashta Avadhaana Seva are conducted as part of this great Yaaga, along with Anna Daanam.
Benefits of Chanting or Listening to the Rudra Mantras for Paarayana (Stand Alone Recital), Homa and Abhisheka are very popular. Thousands of generations have benefited in the form of Betterment of Life, Piety, Health, Wealth, Alleviation of Poverty, Misery, Sorrows and Difficulties of Life, with the help of these Mantras.
It is also pertinent to mention that this Sacred Ritual is conducted on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebrations (25th Anniversary) of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Veda Paathashaala (SGS Veda School). Indeed, it is a very rare and sacred opportunity for us to participate in the event, as a glimpse of the Ritual itself will result in immense merit to one and all. The patrons of the event, Sri. Krish Raman & family along with the Organisers extend a Cordial invitation to all the Aastikas (devoted souls) to be part of the Great Ritual and benefit from the great event.
Sri Guru Datta

Dr. Ramineni Foundation – "PURASKAARAMS – 2010",.

DR. NATARAJA RAMAKRISHNA

On the occasion of “PURASKAARAMS – 2010″, Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate renowned Natyacharya Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna with the Visishta Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. One Lakh.

Dr.Nataraja Ramakrishna, a Natyacharya par excellence, a dedicated dancer,
an assiduous researcher, an erudite scholar and innovative choreographer, is an honoured name in the field of Classical Indian Dance. He has been single handedly responsible for the resuscitation and rejuvenation of “Andhra Natyam” and “Perini Sivatandavam”, two ancient dance forms of Andhra Pradesh which were virtually extinct, and the resurrection of Kuchipudi.

Born on March 21,1923 in the idyllic islands of Bali to Smt. Damayanthi Devi and Sri R. Mohan Rao of Razole, West Godavari District, A.P., Dr. Ramakrishna was drawn inexorably towards dance at an early age and was formally trained by Nayudupeta Rajamma initially and the illustrious Kuchipudi Guru Sri Vedantam Laxminarayana Sastry later on in his career.

He studied the ancient texts of Natya Shastra and embarked on a thorough research of classical and folk art forms of Andhra Pradesh. His diligent research and scholarly efforts culminated in the reinvigoration of “Nava Janardhana Parijatam”, a dance form prevalent earlier in the temples of East Godavari district, and the reconstruction of the vigorous, virile Saiva dance form “Perini Sivatandavam”, prevalent in the 10th century Kakatiya dynasty.

Over his long career of more than sixty years, he has trained many dancers in India and abroad and has choreographed highly acclaimed dance dramas like “Kumara Sambhavam”, “Mega Sandesam”, etc. He has authored over 60 scholarly treatises on all forms of Andhra dance. His untiring and unceasing efforts to focus the spotlights on the rich dance traditions of Andhra Pradesh has resulted in him being honoured with “Padmashri” by the Govt. of India, with “Bharat Kala Prapoorna” by AP Sangeet Natak Academy, with “Kala Prapoorna”- an honorary doctorate by Andhra University, with “Hamsa Award” and “NTR Puraskar” by A.P. Govt., amongst other honours.

Were it not for Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna’s dedication and devotion, the hoary spiritual dance forms of Andhra Pradesh would have been a dead art buried deep in the chronicles of history.

DR. B.V.PARMESWARA RAO

On the occasion of “PURASKAARAMS – 2010″, Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, with the Visesha Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, the founder of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, though a nuclear scientist by education, is a social reformer by profession.

Dr. Parmeswara Rao was born on 17th January, 1933 in Dimili village, Vishakapatnam district, A.P. His father was Somanna and mother, Seetharavamma. After completeing his MSc from Andhra University, he worked for a brief period in the Dept. of Atomic Energy, Mumbai. He then went to US for higher studies. Having completed his PhD in nuclear science from Pennsylvania University in the US, he spurned a lucrative job offer & returned to India in 1967, spurred by the desire to bring about a radical change in his village.

His vision was to transform rural India by involving the stakeholders i.e. the villagers and governmental agencies, in bringing about this change. His attempts were met with responses ranging from plain indifference to callous disdain in the initial stages. However, his dogged perseverance and courage of conviction slowly but surely brought about a palpable change in the intransigent attitude of the people and they participated wholeheartedly in his mission.

Dr. Parameswara Rao’s mission has been to create opportunities at the doorsteps of the villagers, invoking their leadership and utilizing their resources most effectively to solve their problems and improve the quality of their lives. He aspired to be the catalyst for this change.

Today, the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, founded by Dr. B.V.Parmeswara Rao, runs several rural alleviation programmes in 100 villages of three mandals in Vishakapatnam district which include running Innovative Experimental Primary schools; Model Residential High school; Wasteland development; Nursery development; Drilling community borewells; Women’s empowerment through thrift groups and vocational training; Rehabilitation and residential skill training centres for the physically disadvantaged; Rural health care through Grama Arogyalam Trust; etc.

Smt. SULOCHANA RANI YADDANAPUDI

On the occasion of “PURASKAARAMS – 2010″, Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Smt. Sulochana Rani Yaddanapudi , highly acclaimed Telugu Novelist, with the Visesha Puraskaaram which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Smt. Sulochana Rani Yaddanapudi, a prolific and immensely popular Telugu Novelist has more than 78 novels and 30 short stories to her credit. Amongst her novels, at least 17 titles have been converted into films and nearly 10 titles have been broadcast as T.V. serials.

Smt. Sulochana Rani was born on 2nd April, 1939 in Kaza Village, Movva Mandal, Krishna district, A.P. She began her career as a writer at the young age of 18 years. Her first story, ‘Chitra Nalineeyam’, was published on May, 1957 and her first novel, ‘Secretary’, was published in Jyothi monthly in 1965 and she has never looked back since then.

Several films like ‘Jeevana Tharangalu’, ‘Meena’, ‘Atmeeyulu’, owe their existence to her novels. Her books have been converted into popular T.V. serials like ‘Aagamanam’, ‘Ruthuraagalu’, ‘Samgharshana’, ‘Jeevana Tharangalu’, ‘Mogalirekulu’, etc.

Her novels have been critically acclaimed and she has received numerous awards like A.P.State Sahitya Academy award for best Novelist for her novel ‘Keerthi Kireetalu’ in 1978; the C. Narayana Reddy literary award in 1988; the Pottisreeramulu Telugu University Puraskaaram in 2004; etc. The T.V. serial, ‘Aagamanam’, based on her novel has received the Nandi award in 1989 for best dialogues from A.P.Govt. Her stories for films like ‘Atmagowravam’, ‘Manushulu Mamathalu’ and ‘Kanchanaganga’ have received best story awards from A.P.State Govt. and Madras Film Fans Association.

Today, at the twilight of her illustrious career, she is rendering yeoman service to the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society like street children, cancer patients, and senior citizens through the YSSR Foundation which was founded by her. ‘Vishranth’, an old age home established by her, lends succour to senior citizens. She is thus practicing today the values enshrined and propounded in her literary works.

SRI SUTHIVELU

On the occasion of “PURASKAARAMS – 2010″, Dr. Ramineni Foundation is honoured to felicitate Sri Suthivelu , popular film comedian, with the Visesha Puraskaaram
which consists of a memento, shawl, citation and cash award of Rs. Fifty Thousand.

Sri Kurumaddali Laksmi Narasimha Rao, popularly known as Suthivelu, is an extremely popular South Indian film comedian and character artiste, having acted in more than 200 films. His sense of timing, dialogue delivery and emotive expressions has continuously endeared him to the avid movie goers and he has ruled the roost as a comedian, especially in Telugu movies, since 1980.

Suthivelu was born on August 9th, 1950 in Chennai and his father was a teacher with interests in dramatics. This rubbed off on young Suthivelu, who naturally developed a strong affinity towards acting. He gave stage performances at the tender age of 7 years and, inspite of his father’s dissuasion; he decided to take up acting as a profession. Formal education was obviously not his forte and, inspite of natural handicaps like an ordinary personality and a normal voice, he wholeheartedly plunged into acting. During his early days he was as lean as a slender finger, which earned him the sobriquet “Velu” from his neighbour, Jaanakamba. After the tremendous success of his screen character “Suthi” in the highly successful and acclaimed movie “Naalugu Sthambalata”, he was affectionately called as “Suthivelu” by movie buffs and the film fraternity ever since. His pairing with Suthi Veerabhadra Rao was so popular that people called them the Suthi brothers.

Over the years, Suthivelu has left an indelible impression in any role essayed by him. Tired frowns have transformed into unbridled laughter on watching his onscreen comic capers and hilarious histrionics, spreading radiant happiness and abundant joy all around.

Today, Suthivelu is happily married to Laksmi Rajyam and is blessed with four children.