Dhanurmas, 2003-04

Beginning of this month Sun enters Dhanu Rashi (Sagittaurius) & i.e. the reason this month is popularly known as “DHANURMAS”.
Dhan Rashi is the original house of planet Guru. (Swagrahi) As Sun God enters this house, power of Guru gets multifold.
During this month heat & cold would be moderate, making the atmosphere peaceful for conducting devotional activities.
In all the corners of the country people perform special Poojas, conduct discourses on various Scriptures according to their custom.
Since Sun God is in the own house of Guru, who is the Master& giver of knowledge this period is considered to be most auspicious for learning new subjects. It is also believed that studies begun during this period go a long way.
It was during the same auspicious period Lord Krishna went to His Master Sandipani for studies. Lord Krishna studied 64 various subjects from His Master Rushi Sandipani.
It was during the same month Lord Krishna took Yudhishthir to Bhishma Pitamah for his advice. Bhishma  Pitamah glorified Lord Krishna by reciting His 1001 Holy Names. 
Today during this month at various holy places Satsang Sabhas (Spiritual Congregations)are held & Lord is glorified.
Dhanurmas is Upasana oriented month, meaning of Upasana is praying & worshipping  Lord without any expectation i.e. selfless devotion. 
The same custom is followed in Gurukul during this month of Dhanurmas.
Every day early morning Katha, Parayana & discourses are held in all Gurukuls.
At Rajkot Purani Madhavjivan Swami narrated on Narad Bhaktisutra and at Junagadh Purani Nandkishor Swami delivered the Divine Charitas. At Ahmedabad Sdg. Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami held discourses on Nishkulanand Kavya and at Surat Sdg. Purani Shree Dharmavallbhdasji Swami delivered on Harililamrut at Satsang Bhavan – Varachha road. At Hydearbad Sdg. Purani Shree Devprasaddasji Swami narrated religious discourses and Sdg. Purani Swami Shree Bhaktiprakashdasji Swami held discourses on the 10th Canto of Shreemad Bhagavatam at New Bombay Gurukul from 13th December to 20th December as part of Dhanurmas celebrations. The thought provoking discourse was attended by Haribhaktas. Shakotsav was also held on 21st December. The arragements were executed underthe guidance of Purani Shree Krishnaswarup Swami. At Chharodi in order to prepare students of Sanskrit Pathashala for the narration of Katha & Parayan, Early morning Katha was conducted by students on various topics of Bhagwat Puran. With the same aim at evening also Katha on Bhagwat Puran was held by Shree Labhshankarbhai Pandya (an alumni of Rajkot Gurukul) & Shree Dilipbhai Bhatt (a Sahityakar).
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