February 23rd 2019 - Phoenix Mahakaleshwar Shivaratri Mahotsavam
Braving uncharacteristic inclement weather for phoenix valley, ritwiks and devotees participated with resilience and utmost devotion to kickstart Maha Shivaratri celebrations with Panchami Phoenix Mahakaleshwar shatha rudrabhishekam.
February 17th 2019 - Bhima Ratha Shanthi Celebrations
Couple in Chandler celebrated the 70th birthday of their Dad. The occasion was the confluence of Shani Pradosha in Magha. On this aupicious occasion, the couple welcomed home the energies of Abhirami & Prameswara with Maha Mrintyunjaya Homa and Rudrabhisheka. It is appropriate that the mood of the celebrations was set to evoke the emotions and transport the audience starting with Thirukadayur and ending in Mahabalipuram.
January 13th 2019 - Bhanu Sapthami and Makara Sankranthi
Bhanu Sapthami Celebrations at PC&SC home in Chandler. This auspicious day marks the confluence of three things - Surya emerging on seven horse drawn carriage ( Sapthami), on a Sunday (Bhanu) and transitioning the ecliptic to move to the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, this magnifies the intensity of the energy transimitted in the Northern continents. The recommended chant for this day is "Gruni Suryaya Namaha" to amplify the effects 10 raised to 7 fold OR in other words 1 crore times. Rudra is the enery borne out f Surya and following Surya Namaskara with Roudric chants culminates the effect of both energies. The day started with Soura Suktha Surya Namaskara a dozen times, followed by Rudra Namaka Chamka Abisheka.
The day is also ceberated as Makara Sankranthi to signify the beginning of a new season with festivities involving cleansing the home, decorations with Sugar Cane and Coconuts and partaking Pongal (Cooked rice with milk, ghee and Jaggery).
December 8th 2018 - Devotee Gruhapravesha
November 22nd 2018 - Kartika Pournami Celebrations
September 15th 2018 - Ganapathi Atharvasheersha Homa
The Grand Celebrations of Vinayaka Chaturthi culminated with Ganapathi Atharvasheersha Homa, Maha MruthyunJaya Yajna and RudraAbisheka. The couple welcomed Vimukha Ganapathi in Lohita Shila ( Red sandstone) to their home. The complex mantra, tantra , yantra proceedings began with Ganapathi taking form (Swaroopa) from Jatavedasa (Agni) and concluded with the installation (Pratishtaapana).
The significance of this specific program involves propitiating Ganapathi in the form of Vimukha - to go beyond simple material pleasures and emotional attachments to bring oneself to be spiritually connected to consciousness.
September 8th 2018 - Ganesh Chaturthi Preamble
Couple in chandler welcomes Shwetarka Ganapathi in a grand celebration of Gana Homa and Rudrabhisheka. The cosmic energies of Vayu, Rudra and Aditya were invoked through Homa to imbibe the energy of love and tranquility into a ivory Onyx carving of Ganapathi, concluding the ashtotra in trikagup rendition. This special program marks the beginning of AVGf's Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in 2018.
August 25th 2018 - Shraavana Purnima
This auspicious day marks the confluence of Shraavana Purnima and the transition of the moon from Shraavana to Shravishta constellation. The couple welcomed Baana Lohiteshwara to their residence in Happy valley on the occasion of their 14th wedding anniversary.
This day is also earmarked for rithwiks to engage in proverbial cleansing (trikana shuddhi). AVG Rithwiks started off the fall season celebrations with a stellar rendition of the Vedas (Chathur Veda Parayana) and thus getting ready for a packed program over the next three months.
August 18th 2018 - Shraavana Ashtami
On the auspicious Ashtami of Shravana (2018), a couple welcomes home unconditional love, opportunity and generosity though the installation of the Jade Raksha Vinayaka in their residence. The energies were condensed during the install through a rigorous Vedic chant of Maha Nyasa, Rudraprashna and Ganapathi Ashtothara shathanamavali delivered in trikagup style. The green nephrite jade does it s part in bringing calm to a busy life, boosts your confidence by warding off negative aura and anchors you with realities of life. The Spanish named this stone nephros, as it has source minerals to dissolve kidney stones. Calcium magnesium calcite also promotes healing and boosts immunity.
July 14th 2018 - Surya Namaskara and Rudrabisheka
The auspicious date of July 14th marks the day of transition in the celestial ecliptic of the sun tracing a southern path relative to the human observer or the start of Dakshinayana. It is a period when the protective energies (Rudra and Aditya) are strengthened. AVGF celebrated this cosmic union of the two energies (Surya and Rudra) through Surya Namaskara and Rudrabisheka. The host was blessed to welcome these energies through Aghoreshwara, carved in an rare Amethyst gemstone. This provides deeper mental clarity and spiritual wellness during mental sadhana.