On Friday, 1st Nov, Swami Vimokshananda left New Jersey for Connecticut. Ranjitda of Moorestown arranged transport. Ms Vellachi Arunachalam accompanied the Swami during the 3-hour travel. The Swami expressed that he was overwhelmed at the charitable nature of Chettinad people who came abroad from India and their contributions in building temples in foreign lands should be etched in golden letters. He told her that he was happy to meet her who belonged to that wonderful community.
The Swami reached the home of his hosts Debashis-Nibedita at Connecticut by late evening. The next day, the Swami was taken to Wilton Hindu Temple where the Skanda Sashti Festival was on.
Swami Balgopal Maharaj, a Vaishnavite sadhu and Incharge of the Temple duly welcomed him. The Swami witnessed the orderly puja done to Lord Muruga in the big size image and also at the utsava vigrahas. The Festival saw surging devotees visiting the temple throughout the puja time. The puja included abhishekams (pouring milk, honey, vibhuti, and sanctified water etc), carrying kavadis on the shoulders, taking the pal kudams (milk pitchers), chanting of powerful bija mantras of Lord Shanmukha through Shatru-samhara trisati archana (floral offerings) using “sha-ra-va-na-bha-va“ in a unique rotational method.
After the noon prasad, Swami Vimokshananda was taken to Hicksville of Long Island to witness the Mata-ki-Chowki function held at Sai Durbar Temple. Thereafter, both the Swamis with accompanying devotees reached the home of Kamal Raj where Swami Balgopal Maharaj performed an hour long puja and hawan.
It was indeed a hectic program-filled travel on that day.
On 3rd and 4th Nov, the Swami was the guest of his sister-disciple Rakhidi at Shelton. The members and others met the Swami at her home and held a Satsang.
The Swami conducted a discussion where he outlined the importance of experience in religious life. The Swami returned to Moorestown in New Jersey on 5th Nov with Debashis-Nibedita, visiting on the way the Vedanta Society of New York. On 6th Nov, Soumen-Sushmita saw off the Swami at the Philadelphia airport for his return journey to Dublin.
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