Today is a doubly auspicious day as New Year’s day coincides with Yogaswami’s Annual Maha Samadhi which is celebrated on the April Aslesha nakshatra which also occured on New Year day today. Yogaswami’s shrine is specially decorated at the Aadheenam today and a simple arati was performed before our early morning meditation.
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