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.
Janakidevi and Byasa Steinmetz and others shared their thoughts about the project.
Daiva led a Vedic fire ceremony chanting the Gayatri and Mahamrityunjaya mantras. Everyone got to participate throwing rice into the fire.
We all blessed the land by scattering rose petals far and wide while ..
Dambara led singing concluding with Many Hands make a Miracle.
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.