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Report: Durga Puja at Berkeley and San Jose – 2019

Worship of Mother Durga at Vedanta Society Berkeley and San Jose House – 2019

Swami Prasannatmananda, Swami-in-Charge of Vedanta Society Berkeley performed the worship of Mother Durga on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 3pm.  More than 150 devotees participated in the celebration in Berkeley.  Melodious chanting and songs of Alokparna set the tune of worship. Swami Vedananda from Vedanta Society of Northern California, Swami Prapannananda and Swami Ishadyanananda from Vedanta Society of Sacramento were also a part of the worship. All attendees who participated in the worship offered flowers to Mother Durga while repeating mantra chanted by Sw. Prasannatmananda. Several volunteers helped in preparation for worship, cooking, serving prasad, and taking care of the bookstall.  Devotees enjoyed sumptuous prasad at the Saradananda Hall after the worship.   

On Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, the worship of Mother Durga was performed by Swami Prasannatmananda at the San Jose House at 6.30pm. After the worship, Swami Prasannatmananda gave a brief talk on Divine Feminism.  About 80 devotees attended the celebration and offered flowers to Mother Durga. Everyone enjoyed dinner prasad on this joyous occasion.


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We have five annual Puja
Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday
Sri Ma Sarada Devi’s Birthday
Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday
Sri Sri Durga Puja

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