SMS to celebrate Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi


We often hear people say “Pray and you can achieve anything”. When we encounter extreme situations, where all the wealth of the world cannot buy us a relief, health, power and strength cannot assist, and wisdom cannot provide any solutions, then only elucidation left for us is to pray. The prayers in extreme distress give us strength and willpower to face the calamities. The Hanuman Chalisa, a Siddha grantha composed by Sant Tulsidas, is a beautiful example of powerful and extremely popular prayer. It has the strength of Siddha mantra, which when chanted with devotion and faith can bestow siddhis or special divine powers and unsurpassable feelings of bliss and attainments.

The Sankat Mochan Samiti (SMS) — an organization committed to providing spiritual, moral and physical support to individuals, families and communities in critical need — with financial support from Monash City Council, has organized a Blissful Journey of Meditational Chanting on Saturday, 12 April. At the event, the Hanuman Chalisa will be recited 108 times to celebrate the occasion of Ram Navami (Birth of God Rama falls on 8 April) and Hanuman Jayanti (Birth of God Hanuman falls on 15 April).

The Hanuman Chalisa (40 verses describing the achievements, powers and glories in praise of Hanuman) is enormously popular amongst the present generation people who believe in faithful service of mankind without any reservations. It is the story of God and His love for humanity. The story and service of Shri Hanuman is Eternal throughout the whole world.

Every verse of Hanuman Chalisa when chanted inspires to remove difficulties from our lives. The more this Chalisa is recited, the more beneficial it becomes. It has the strength to remove suffering, heal sicknesses, give happiness and rid of all calamities. According to the epic Ramayana, Hanuman, the monkey God, assisted God Ram, during his extremely difficult period (Sankat) of Banvas to retrieve Sita ji and kill the demon King Ravana. He is therefore also known as Sankat Mochan (saviour in extreme calamities).

The program for the day begins at 9.30 am with pooja followed by the Hanuman Chalisa recitation (starting at 10 am). The recitation will be over by 5 pm after which Sankat Mochan Path, Arati and Shanti Path will be recited. These meditational activities will be over by 5.45 pm followed by Prasad and Mahaprasad offerings between 6 and 7 pm.

The event is open to everyone from 9.30 am to 6 pm. The venue is Glen Waverley Community Centre, 700 Waverley Rd. Glen Waverley, Melway: 71 B4, (near the intersection of Waverley and Springvale Roads). The entire celebration is free and everyone is welcome.

The mass melodious vibrations and recitation will be led by Shri Arvind and Shrimati Sunila Shrivastava. For further information and to RSVP by 4 April, please contact Dr. Sunila Shrivastava on 0427 274 462 or E-mail:

Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)

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