Birthday Celebrations

Sri Datta Venkateshwara Brahmotsavam and Birthday Celebrations of Sri Swamiji, is celebrated in Mysore Ashram which generally commences around May-end and concludes in the first week of June with Swamiji's birthday being celebrated according to Vedic Calendar.
This unique divine long celebration includes many auspicious events which may be generalized as follows:

  1. Pallaki Utsava (Prayer Hall to Venkateshwara Temple).
  2. Inauguration of Brahmotsavam.
  3. Inauguration of Birthday Celebrations of Sri Swamiji & Anniversary Celebration of Nada Mandapam.
  4. Anjaneya Vahanotsava (Prayer Hall to Temple).
  5. Sri Datta Venkateshwara Rathotsava.
  6. Maha Abhishekam to Sri Datta Venkateshwara.
  7. Teppotsava (Raft festival) to Sri Datta Venkateshwara Swamy.
  8. Maha Mangala Arati to Datta Venkateshwara which conclude Brahmotsavam Festivities.
  9. Bhajan and other competitions.
  10. Taila Abhishekam to Kalagni Shamana Dattatreya.
  11. Ascending Oudumbara Swarna Simhaasanam.
  12. Pratyaksha Pada Puja to Pujya Sadguru Deva by Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji.
  13. Bestowing titles "Asthana Vidwan", "Vishwa Bandhu" and "DattaPeetha Bandhu" to eminent personalities excelled in Veda and other fields.
  14. Conferring titles "Veda Nidhi", "Shastra Nidhi" and "Nada Nidhi" by Sri Swamiji to eminent personalities.
  15. Samarpanam (General Offerings) by all devotees to Sri Swamiji.
  16. Music for Meditation & Healing by Sri Swamiji.
  17. Charities to the needy.
  18. Performance by several Eminent Musicians in Nada Mantapa.

Devotee's Experiences

Swami Sahaja Datta Pada, Mysore
"Swamiji, you give so many things to your devotees, how come you never give me anything?"
He looked at me and said in the most compassionate voice, "I don't give you anything, for I have kept you in my heart"

Swamy Vishnudatta Padarenu, Russia
Sri Swamiji addressed me by my name, Varada Raja, greeted me, allowed me to do Namaskaram, and then began speaking with me as though He had known me for several years....

Mysore Patrike Venkatramu
"I bless all those who come to me irrespective of their caste or religion. If a Christian comes to me I tell him to believe in Jesus and continue to have faith in his own religion. Likewise, if a Muslim comes to me I stress upon the importance of being a good Muslim and follow his own faith..."

S Dwarkanath, Mysore
"Your friend Satyanarayana has become a Swamiji, I went and paid my respects, you also go and do the same", I did not pay any attention to this talk so she hit me on the head....

C S Venkatesh, Bangalore
"Wherever you work, as a clerk or an engineer, be honest and sincere and pray to God and your Guru. You will come out good in life".....

Krishan Kumar, Mysore
Then He took me to His room and showed me a map of India, showing certain places saying that He wanted to go there. "Will you take me? Will you take me?"....

Sheetal Persad
"Don't worry; Sri Swamiji will take care." I realized at that moment that he was answering my thoughts. He knows everything for He is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. He is my master.....