Tamil New Year at the Isha Yoga Center

Sunday was an occasion for a special celebration at the Isha Yoga Center to welcome the Tamil New Year.

Sadhguru wrote: In the Indian culture, at one time, there used to be 365 festivals in a year. In other words, they just needed an excuse to celebrate every day of the year. You don't even need an excuse, but a lot of people need an excuse, so we create one.

In Isha, there are 365 celebrations a year (and 366 every leap year!), but we also specifically celebrate several festivals which are of special significance – Mahashivarathri, Dussehra, and Pongal  being a few. The Tamil New Year on Sunday, April 14, was celebrated in a grand manner at the Isha Yoga Center. The Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi were decorated with kolams[1]and lamps, as thousands of people poured in during the day to begin their new year on an auspicious note. Some devotees also made a special offering of fruits and their first harvest to Linga Bhairavi. Annadanam, a special offering of food, was given to all the visitors, residents and brahmacharis.

Luni Bangsia’s Bharatnatyam dance performance was a grand finale to the new year celebrations. A student of the prestigious dance school Kalakshetra and currently an Isha Samskriti dance teacher, Luni astounded the audience with her clean and graceful movements. Beginning the recital with a Ganesha stuti followed by an invocatory item describing Ganesha’s majestic dancing form, she continued with a keertanam describing Shiva's dance and appearance at the Chidambaram Temple. It was a true pleasure to witness this ancient art form at its best.

[1]Kolam is a form of painting, geometrical line drawing in India - Wikipedia.

Editor's Note: Find out more about the wonderful intricacies of Indian culture in this collection of Sadhguru’s articles on the subject.

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