Collective Prayers were observed in India till the advent of the 13th century. However after this period this practice was neglected and forgotten by the masses. Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Centres were established with the intent to rejuvenating this forgotten ancient Indian concept of collective prayers. Today they have spread across the entire globe.
These Centres have been creating an atmosphere of devotion and bliss. They have been the nerve centres for building pure love based human relationships. These Centres have been responsible for forming a team, a congregation of the likeminded, devotional people.
These Centres have also been responsible for building and maintaining communal harmony within the Indian citizens who represent many religions and speak numerous languages.
These Centres have been the workshops where the theory that Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu preaches during his Thursday’s discourses is actually and practically implemented and practiced. These Centres are intended to be temples of worships which impart fearlessness to all its devotees.
The first Collective Upasana on a Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Centre was performed on 9th May 1997 on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya. Today, Shree Aniruddha Upasana is observed on 450 Upasana Centres spread across the globe, generally on all the Saturdays of all months.
During the recent Annual Convention of all the Upasana Centres held on the occassion of Aniruddha Poornima on 13th November 2011, it was declared by Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation that the Order and Contents of the Upasana held at every Upasana Centre would change.
Following recitations would be feature in the changed Upasana sequence.
- Vakratunda Mahakaya, Koti Surya Samaprabha…(1 Time)
- Anasuyo Atrisambhuto… (1 Time)
- Shree Adimata Shubhankara Stotra (1 Time)
- Shree Aniruddha Dhyan Mantra (“Padmaseenam Shamavarnam…”) (1 Time)
- Shree Aniruddha Shloki (1 Time)
- Shree Aniruddha Mahima (1 Time)
- Shree Aniruddha Kavach (1 Time)
- Sadguru Tarak Mantra Om Manahsamarthyadata… (Please check number of recitations) (5 Times)
- Shree Gurukshetram Mantra (5 Times)
- Vijay Mantra (“Ramorajamani Sada…”) (1 Time)
The above recitations are mandatory for every official upasana centre. But following recitations can also be performed voluntarily
- Dhooparti – Gajaar
- 9 Promises of Param Pooojya Bapu
- “Aarti Aniruddha, Prabhu Purnabrahma…”
Further the Worship Photoframe for the Upasana has also been changed. Accordingly photo of Shree Chandika Kul featuring Shree Adimata Mahishasurmardini, Shree Dattatrey, Shree Hanumant, Shree Kiraatrudra, Shree Shivgangagauri, Shree Devisinh Aniruddha and Bal Aniruddha would be included in Upasana.
Devotees can also avail the opportunity of listening to the recorded discourses of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu at the Upasana Centres.
Devotees are given opportunities to get involved in various devotional programmes on all the Upasana Centres. Devotees can also participate in the Annual Foundation Day celebrations (Vardhapan Diwas) on these Upasana Centres. Devotees can also offer the written copies of jaaps that appear in daily newspaper Pratyaksha on the padukas of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu that are kept for worship at Upasana Centres. The Padukas of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu which are worshipped by the devotees during the Sacchidanand Utsav can be booked and also collected from Upasana Centres. The devotees can also collect Udi of Shree Gurukshetram from Upasana Centre, absolutely free of cost.
Apart from programmes of devotion the devotees can also participate in various Devotional Services Programmes. The Upasana Centre regularly organises various camps and drives like Charkha Camp, Blood Donation Camp, Godhadi (Quilt) Camps, etc. During the festival of Diwali the Upasana Centres take lead in distributing festive snacks at old age homes, orphanages, to poor and needy families, mental asylums, blind schools, leper communities, tribal areas, etc.
Many projects from The 13 Points Programme formulated and launched by Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu are undertaken and implemented through these Upasana Centres.
Examples for the same are as under:
- Annapoorna Mahaprasadam Yojana to feed poor and needy students. This programme is implemented across 24 schools.
- Vatsalyachi Ubb (Weaving of Sweaters for small children)
- Charkha- Annapoorna Prasadam Seva
- Vidya Prakash Yojana
- Chara Yojana (Round the year fodder project)
- Vermiculture Yojana
- Shramadan Seva at Shree Govidyapeetham
- Various Sevas under Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management
- Making of paper carry bags
- Bunds and Embankment Constructions
- Ganesh Idol Reimmersion, Mandhardevi, Mahalaxmi, Siddhivinayak Sevas, etc.
The volunteers from different Upasana Centres have been participating dedicatedly in all these sevas.
To further make the functioning of these Upasana Centres smooth and regulated, Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu has established CCCC or Centralized Centres Coordination Committee.
The advent of these Upasana Centres is contributing immensely in inculcating devotional values in society. The values of love and respect towards each other, which emerge and spread from these Upasana Centres is going a long way in making our society more tolerant and peaceful.