Chaumuhan 2011.01.24 (AU) à¥¤ On Sunday, the small town of Chaumuhan situated on the NH2 about 24 km from Mathura, was inundated with a flood of people come to attend the huge program being held there.
The official name of the program is “The 268th God’s mercy to remove misery gathering” (268veá¹ prabhu ká¹›pÄ dukha nivÄraá¹‡a samÄgama).
Brahmarshi Kumar Swami (Swami Kumarananda Saraswati) explained to his lakhs of followers the process of japa by which untreatable diseases can be cured. The crowds listened to him with faith and in total silence, bound by the ropes of faith.
Visitors came from far and near, staying the entire day at the feet of their guru, listening in total silence and with great faith to hear the methods for eliminating misery. Many of them were suffering from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and leprosy, waiting in the hope of getting a mantra from the Brahmarshi in order to rid themselves of their afflictions.
On the morning, a 108 kund fire sacrifice was begun. Thousands of the visitors took the opportunity to offering oblations into the fire kundas, making silent prayers to be freed of their problems.
The program and the place inspired people to a devotional mood. In the huge pandal, young and old, male and female, everyone was seen to be absorbed in a mood of devotion to the Lord. From time to time, the faithful would start singing bhajans and kirtans.
In the evening (AU), a cultural program was held in the pandal, starring veteran film actress Hema Malini (62). The celebrated Hema danced on themes from Krishna lila.
The dance program started at 9 o’clock, with Brahmarshi Kumar Swami giving Hema Malini his blessings, and lasted about two hours.
She began by taking the role of Radha, dancing with Krishna and the gopis in the Rasa dance. She was accompanied by a troupe of 20 dancers from Mumbai. The Rasa dance was followed by Uddhava Lila, Makhan Chor (“Krishna the butter thief”) and other pastimes from the Bhagavatam.
Actors known for their work in the Mahabharata and Ramayana TV series were also present in the audience. They included Arun Gobil (who played Rama), Suneel Lahari (Lakshman), Praveen Kumar (Bhima), Gajendra Chauhan (Yudhisthir), etc.
Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan, UP Minister of Industrial Education, was also present.