We are pleased that our Sabha will be completing 50 years on this Vinayaka Chaturthi. The Sabha which was started by the Paramacharyal in the year 1968, has been continuously rendering spiritual, Cultural and religious activities for the welfare of mankind for the past 50 years. On this note, we share with you all a tribute which was shared by one of our devotee and volunteer Mr. Arvind Subramanian
Summers in Hyderabad usually experience temperatures hovering between 44°C and 35°C and it is not one of the favourite destinations for a summer vacation. However, year after year, there has been this urge in me and my family members to go over there and participate in one of the most blissful activities, the Sankara Jayanthi festival. This festival spread over two weeks, brings together India’s foremost scholars in the fields of Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras and Puranas. The magnetic effect is to be experienced to be enjoyed.
Thanks to the Sankara Bhaktha Sabha, the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad have seen glimpses of how Sanatana Dharma is followed in letter and spirit. Pujas, homas, vrathas are being performed and also people are helped to perform them with a capable team of purohits. Regular reciting of the Vedas, reading of Itihasas and Puranas like Ramayanam and Srimad Bhagavatham, bhajans and other activities have made the name ‘Bhagyanagaram’ for the twin cities apt because of the fortunate presence of the Sankara Bhaktha Sabha.
I have personally been a very big beneficiary on account of the Sabha. My understanding of my religion, the austere daily routine that the scholars follow, the universal purpose behind the rituals and the fundamental perspective of social service, have been inculcated in me. Being in the company of these scholars is a fortunate experience to realise the wonderful profundity of Sanatana Dharma. Notwithstanding our metropolitan lifestyle today, a sense of purpose and pride to be able to practise and follow the injunctions, has been instilled in me.
I thank the founders, office bearers and volunteers who have sustained the growth and development of the Sabha, for their yeoman services. This could not have been possible by any one single human’s efforts. The Almighty’s grace and Guru kripa has made the Sabha one of the best in the country today. And they shower their grace only when there is holiness, humility and honesty.
I pray that the Sabha’s activities grow in scale and intensity, with many citizens like me deriving benefit in their quest for a stable, harmonious and worthwhile existence.
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara.