Yogananda Gardens dedication and groundbreaking

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(Photo Byasa)

Yogananda Gardens was officially dedicated on February 15 in a very sweet blessing including a fire ceremony and groundbreaking beginning about 12:30 in the afternoon and ending about 1:00 .

At just 12:20, the time Drupada recommended astrologically a cloud shape that suggested a heart appeared in the sky on this Valentine’s day Sunday.

Some 30 Yogananda Garden Northwest supporters gathered near the spot chosen for the first shrine to be built on the Yoagananda Gardens land. Nayaswami Daiva opened by leading the group in prayer and blessing.

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(Photo Bob Ausbeck)

Janakidevi and Byasa Steinmetz and others shared their thoughts about the project.

Janakidevi explains the Yogananda Gardens Northwest
(Photo Sharon Kelly)

Daiva led a Vedic fire ceremony chanting the Gayatri and  Mahamrityunjaya mantras. Everyone got to participate throwing rice into the fire.

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(Photo Bob Ausbeck)
Fire ceremony
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We all blessed the land by scattering rose petals far and wide while ..

Janakidevi scatters rose petals to bless the Yogananda Gardens
(Photo Sharon Kelly)
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Dambara led singing concluding with Many Hands make a Miracle.

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(Photo Bob Ausbeck)

Then one by one we each took the ribbon-bedecked official shovel and participated in a fun group groundbreaking. Even the dog Rishiraj got into the act.

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(Photos Sharon Kelly, Bob Ausbeck, Byasa)

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