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BackOIMT Foundation Day Celebration
7th September, 2007
Report by Shri Pankaj Bijlawan, Dean, OIMT

A grand function was organized to celebrate the ninth Foundation-Day of Omkarananda Institute of Management and Technology, on 7th September, 2007.

A beautiful stage in lush green premises of the Institute, surrounded by garden flowers all around, added to the grandeur of the function. The students' participation and enthusiasm for organizing the function and making it a grand success has been remarkable and appreciable.

The function was inaugurated by Director Dr. S.N. Banerjee by lighting the lamp and offering floral tribute to His Holiness Swami Omkarananda Saraswatiji, the Founder of the Institute, whose vision for the cause of education is being realized in the form of such Institutes.

The students, staff, faculty members and members of the Board of Management welcomed the new Director and honoured him with bouquets.

In his inaugural address Mr. Banerjee welcomed the guests, students, alumni and media persons and expressed his joy and called upon every one present to work for this great mission of providing quality vocational education.

Dr. G.S. Rajwar, Head PG College Rishikesh and member of the OIMT Management Committee, called upon the students to do their best and come out successful in life by hard work, sincerity and devotion.

Shri D.K. Varshney, member of the Management Committee, expressed his good wishes to the students to shine like fragrant and beautiful flowers which spread their fragrance all around. The students alone can bring glory to their parents, teachers, institute and the nation.

Shri I.D. Joshi, also member of OIMT, extolled the efforts of the students in managing the function in such a short time. He was reminding students of the vision of His Holiness Swami Omkarananda Saraswati and President Swami Vishveshwaranandaji that they should "Think like a Genius, Work like a Giant and Live like a Saint." The students should put their honest efforts for making OIMT a centre of excellence.

Mr. M.S. Negi , Secretary of OIMT, greeted the Director, faculty and students. He asked students to work hard and achieve success in life.

The colourful cultural events by the students filled the atmosphere with great joy and excitement. Bhawana Gwari MBA III Semester, in her melodies tone, sang devotional and patriotic songs. Mohit Manik and Raman Saran also sang devotional song. It was a colourful variety programme comprising of play, group dance, group song, solo song, devotional song, patriotic song, mimicry jokes.

One of the greatest and most remarkable events of this celebration was tree plantation in and around the Institute premises.

The different variety of trees, including beautiful Palm trees, Ashok trees and ornamental trees will indeed enhance the beauty of the campus which is already so beautiful and fascinating with colourful flowers and green plants all around.

Alumni of the Institute attended the function and expressed their love, respect and memories of their time in OIMT.

The maintenance of discipline and cooperation of students has been outstanding to conduct the function smoothly.

Shri Pankaj Bijlawan, Dean of OIMT, appreciated the performance of the students in the cultural events, tree plantation, stage decoration etc.

In the end all relished with great delight the sumptuous feast in the canteen of the Institute.

Above all the function was a great success.

BackVishwakarma Puja in Omkarananda Ashram
Himalayas, 17th September, 2007

Every year, when Monsoon-season comes to an end and the early autumn starts with sunny weather, the Vishwakarma Puja is celebrated with joy in India, especially by craftsmen, workers, weavers, gold and silver smiths, engineers, architects, artists, etc.

Lord Vishwakarma, a form of Brahma, the divine Architect, who created the Universes, the heavens, the earth, is worshipped on this occasion. He is shown with four hands, carrying a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsman's tools and is regarded as the supreme worker, the very essence of excellence and quality in craftsmanship.

His puja is every year meticulously celebrated by the main-carpenter of our Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas Headquarters along with his associated workers and helpers in the carpenter-workshop below the Ashram's Auditorium "Omkarananda Vidya Bhawan".

The workshop was cleaned spick-and-span and with its many beautiful pictures of Divinities, Gurudev Swami Omkarananda's photo and a big picture of Lord Vishwakarma, it resembled more a simple temple room than a workshop. A Hawana-kunda was placed in the middle after different cleaning-rituals and Hawan was made by one of our Ashram-priests, preceded by Pujas.

Many Ashram-workers assembled to watch the holy Pujas and Hawana, including the Carpenter-Master, Shri Ram Gopal. The Pujas were specially attended also by Miss Friederike, Educationist, a lovely Ashram-Devotee from Germany, who thoroughly enjoyed the simple, but holy atmosphere. The Hawana was performed by the President of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas, Shri Swami Vishveshwaranandaji.

After conclusion of Hawana all Ashramites, Ashram-Devotees and Ashram-workers received Kumkum-Tilak, Bhasma from the holy Yajna and a lot of Prasadam, in form of fresh fruits and sweets. Everybody in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas was beaming of joy on this holy day.

BackGanapati Celebrations at
Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, Mumbai
15th to 25th September, 2007

Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles from the path of His devotees, be they spiritual or material obstacles. Ganeshji is a mighty Cosmic Power, also worshipped as "Lord of the Atoms". His Puja attracts great divine Blessings.

In the beautifully decorated Prayer Hall of Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, Mumbai, a grand 10 days Ganapati-Celebration took place under the able and dynamic guidance of Shri Madhu V. Shastriji and his holy, devoted family. A beautiful idol of Shri Ganapatiji was installed and nicely decorated. Shri M.V. Shastriji had arranged for 11 expert-Priests who daily conducted prayers and special Pujas for Lord Ganesha like Abhishekam, Sahasra Durva Archana (offering of holy grass, which is dear to Ganeshji), Satya-Narayana Puja, etc. On the last day Visarjana Pooja was performed and the idol of Ganeshji was submerged among prayers into the nearby lake. The family members looked very well after the priests, who had performed the 10-days Ganapati Puja and honoured them with Prasadam and Dakshina.

Additionally to this special Celebration inside the Prayer-Hall of Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, Mumbai, also outside the house a grand Ganapati Abhishekam was performed on behalf of Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, in the Refinery View Co-op. Housing Society's Ganapati Mandapam, under the guidance of Shri Madhu V. Shastriji. He decorated the immensely beautiful looking and shining huge Ganapati Idol in the Mandapa and organized and actively took part in the Ganapati Abhisheka, conducted by Priests outside, in the Mandapa. Various MPs and MLAs and other eminent leaders visited this event and took the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

OM Shri Ganeshaya Namah OM

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