Since 1995, each year Sivananda Math has undertaken the organisation of Sat Chandi Mahayajna during which prasad is distributed to thousands and thousands of villagers. This sacred yajna was started by Swami Satyananda, for the spiritual upliftment of us all and a feature of this exceptional international event is that the kanyas and batuks of Rikhia, on His behalf, are the official hosts.
This most sacred Mahayajna, extolled from the ancient Vedic era, is an opportunity for all to partake in Swami Satyananda’s central teaching and mantra for spiritual upliftment, “Give, give and give”. From the very first session until the final moments of the Sat Chandi Mahayajna, prasad is generously distributed to over 20,000 families from Rikhia and its surrounding panchayats, who receive material and spiritual grace via the medium of much needed basic necessities such as blankets, rajais, new clothes, buckets, grains, cooking utensils, jewellery, tools, and accessories – all the necessities of a household! Each and everyone, king or pauper, old or young, known or unknown receives the generous prasad.
Sat Chandi Mahayajna is Swami Satyananda’s gift to humanity. His profound compassion and inspired vision led him to conduct this annual worship (November/ December) to invoke the blessings and grace of Devi, the Cosmic Mother. This ancient tantric worship showers blessings here in Rikhiapeeth and beyond, and transforms the lives of all those fortunate to attend. This prosperity, peace, and happiness into people’s lives.
During the five days of the yajna, the pure unadulterated divine energy of Devi, the root matrix of creation is invoked through powerful mantras, yantras and mandalas, which are the basic tools utilized in a tantric yajna to manifest the divine power. This rare phenomenon is witnessed and experienced by all and everyone receive abundant spiritual and material grace to restore peace, plenty and prosperity in every sphere of their lives.
The Divine Mother does not belong to any country, religion, caste, creed or gender. She is the Mother of all and Her grace falls equally on all who approach Her with an open heart. The Cosmic Mother epitomises beauty, strength, compassion and grace. A mere glance from Her can make the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear and the dumb speak. Those who worship the Cosmic Mother experience that She relieves all sufferings and all hardships, physical, mental and spiritual.
Devi Ma is the creator as well as creation. She gives and nourishes life, both physical and spiritual. She looks after the growth of the trees and plants as well as everything else in creation. With Her blessings there is nothing we cannot achieve and nothing we cannot overcome. The grace of the Universal Mother restores balance, peace and harmony both internally and externally.
A profound transformation has occurred in Rikhia panchayat since the first Sat Chandi Mahayajna in 1995. With each consecutive year the spiritual energy and the divine vibrations that emanate become more profound and greater numbers of people from all religions, castes, creeds and nationalities converge in this sacred place with the common purpose to worship and honour the Cosmic Mother and to seek Her blessings and divine intervention in their lives.
This annual five days worship is the legacy of Paramahansa Satyananda to uplift humanity. He has shown us the way to relieve our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual difficulties by invoking the eternal grace of the Cosmic Mother into our lives. He has shown us the way out of suffering not only for the individual but for the entire humankind. Sat Chandi Mahayajna continues to be a concrete example of grace manifesting and the presence of Swami Satyananda is felt as strong as ever throughout the event and beyond.
At the Sat Chandi Mahayajna in 2009, in one of his last darshans before attaining Mahasamadhi, Swami Satyananda said, “This Sat Chandi Mahayajna will continue in Rikhiapeeth and whenever you call me, I will come.”
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