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Report of 188th Maghotsava, 2018 (Bengali Calendar – 1424) at Sadharan Brahmo Samaj

Maghotsava-  Preparing Phase

Every year, prior to Maghotsava, preparatory prayer meetings are held in different Institutions like Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya, City College School, Brahmo Primary Teachers Training Institute, Brahmo Samaj Mahila Bhavan, Kolkata and residences of pray Brahmo friends from 6th January, 2018 to 14th January, 2018.

Preparatory prayer of Maghotsav of Sadhanasram was held on 6th January’2018 Saturday. The service was conducted by on 13th January’2018 Saturday preparatory prayer on maghotsav was held at Bhowanipur Paddapukur Brahmo Samaj.

Pre-maghotsav prayer in Sofia Kazi’s residence at Jadavpur was held on 14th January’2018. Sri Amit Das conducted the prayer and hymns were sung by Smt Tamali Bose and Smt Madhulika Ghosh.

Inauguration of 188th Maghotsava

The 188th Maghotsava was inaugurated on 4th Magh, 1424 (18th January 2018). Sri Supritim Chakraborty offered “Kirtan”. Inaugural divine service was conducted by Sri Asish Kumar Pain while the hymns were conducted by Sri Supratim Chakraborty.

On 5th Magh, 1424 (19th January 2018) after a short prayer by Smt Jayashree Bhattacharya A musical programme was conducted by “Sanskriti Kolkata” directed by Sri Sanjoy Chowdhury.

On 6th Magh, 1424 (20th January 2018) at 3.30 p.m. the craft exhibition of Brahmo Samaj Mahila Bhavan was inaugurated.

At 6.00 p.m. an exhibition named “Yugodrashta Debendranath” was inaugurated by Dr. Pabitra Sarkar the renowned educationist. Smt Surupa Datta offered a short prayer. The exhibition depicted different aspects of Maharshi Debendranath’s life. The exhibition was held in collaboration with Rabindra Bharati University.

At 6.30 p.m. on the occasion of “Maharshi Divash” a lecture meeting was arranged. Dr. Goutam Neogi presided over the meeting. In this occasion some books were unveiled. The speakers were Dr. Sanat Kumar Naskar and Dr. Debabrata Ghosh.  The special issue of “Tatthakaumudi” was also launched on that day.

On 7th Magh, 1424 (21st January 2018) “Saammilita Yuva Utsav” was jointly organized by young members of three samajes viz. Sadharan Brahmo Samaj, Bharatbarshiyo Brahmo Mandir and Brahmo Sammilan Samaj. The Utsav was held at Bharatbarshiyo Brahmo Mandir. The divine service was offered by Sri Amit Das while hymns were conducted by Sri Ujjal Banerjee.

In the evening there was a musical programme. Short prayer was offered by Smt Sunanda Chatterjee while the songs were conducted by “Sruti Parishad” directed by Sri Suranjan Roy.

On 8th Magh, 1424 (22nd January 2018) a lecture meeting was held at 6.30 titled “Bharatiya Ganatantra Bahumatrikata o Sankhyalaghuswar”

Sri Asish Kumar Pain presided over the meeting. We had speakers from Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, Sri Ujjal Deb, Sri Motiyur Rahaman and Sri V. M. Theru spoke respectively.

On 9th Magh, 1424 (23rd January 2018): celebration of Mahila Utsav : At 10.30 a.m. Brahmopasana was conducted by Smt. Kalyanmoyee Chattopadhaya, while the hymns were sung by Smt Manisha Pain, Smt Sangeeta De, Sucharita Bhattacharya, Tamali Bose and Madhulika Ghosh.

In the evening at 6.30 p.m. a musical programme was arranged. Smt Debjani Brahmochari offered a short prayer while Smt. Dolan Rina Bandyopadhaya directed the musical programme on Maharshi Debendranath Tagore.

10th Magh 1424 (24th January 2018) at 4.30 p.m. a prayer meeting was held at Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya after which the participants came to Sadharan Brahmo Samaj after dropping at  Bharatbarshiyo Brahmo Mandir for a few moments.

Utsav of Calcutta Congregation

At 6.30 p.m. the Brahmopasana was offered by Sri Sanjoy Chanda while the hymns were sung by Sri. Dhritabrata Basu, Smt Subrata Pal and Smt Madhulika Ghosh.

11th Magh 1424 (25th January 2018) Brahmo Mandir Foundation Day

The day was observed with a whole day utsav to commemorate the 188th anniversary of the establishment of first Brahmo Mandir.

At 8.00 a.m. Kirtan was conducted by Sri Supratim Chakraborty followed by “Baitaliki”

At 9.30 a.m. the special divine service was offered by Sri Tapabrata Brahmachari. Hymns and Baitalik were sung under the guidance of Sri Koushik De by a choir of twenty five young women and men.

At 6.30 p.m. divine service was conducted by Sri. Sanjib Mukherjee and hymns were sung by Smt Saswati Basumallick, Smt Sudeshna Roychowdhury, Smt Banani Goswami and Sri Debabrata Bar.

On the same day at 5.30 p.m. Brahmo Mandir foundation day was celebrated by the representatives of three Brahmo Samajes at Maharshi Bhavan, Jorasanko.

Divine service was conducted by Arghyo Brahmochari of Bharat Barshio Brahmo Mandir (Udbadhan) ; Smt Sutapa Roychowdhury of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj (Aradhana) and Smt Jayasri Bhattacharya of Brahmo Sammilan Samaj  (Nibedan O Prarthana). Hymns were sung by Baitanik Shilpi Gosthee.

Utsab of Sadharashram

On 12th Magh 1424 (27th January 2018) at 10.30 a.m. divine service was conducted by Sri Salil Hazra while the hymns were sung by Sri Samir Das.

From 12.30 p.m. Balak Balika Sammilan was held in the premises of “Sadharan Brahmo Samaj. Competition of songs, recitations and Sit & Draw were held amongst the children. All the children were served with refreshments and token gifts while the winners are gifted with prizes.      

At 5.30 p.m. the students of Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya Montessori Section gave a dance performance with songs named “Bandhu Pari” o Shibram Chakraborty’s hasirnatok.

At 6.30 p.m. a programme for teenagers was arranged in the prayer hall of the Samaj with competition of recitation and Brahmo Sangeet.

On 13th Magh 1424 (27th January 2018) It was the day for Annual general meeting. But unfortunately the meeting was adjourned due to lack of quorum.

Santi Bachan (valedictory Session)

On 14th Magh 1424 (28th January 2018) at 6.30 p.m. divine service was conducted by Sri Amit Das while hymns were sung by the members of Brahamo Sangeet Shikshalayatan conducted by Sri Samir Das.

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