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Story of the First Jnana Yajna

Encouraging the brahmacharis entering the field of prachar work to spread the message of our scriptures, Pujya Gurudev would say, “In my first jnana yajna in Poona, there were only four people, including the speaker!” No one knew at that time how much effort and preparation had gone into the organization of the first yajna in the Ganesh Temple in Rasthapet, Pune. It was only when Swamini Kaivalyananda unearthed the letters to Sri Seshadri, who helped in organizing that first yajna, that the micro details behind that historic event tumbled out.

The location of the first Jnana Yajna in 1951.
A small Ganesh Temple in  Rastapet, Pune

Inside the Ganesh temple, Rastapet, Pune

Swami Chinmayananda speaking at the first Jnana Yajna, Pune, 1951 

The Genesis: In His Own Words

A souvenir named “Hail Renaissance” was released to mark the 25th jnana yajna in Hyderabad, held from December 16, 1956 to January 5, 1957. There, Pujya Gurudev wrote about the story of the birth and growth of the jnana yajna in an article titled “The Genesis”. This gives us very important information about how it all happened in his own words.

Story of the First Jnana Yajna

Encouraging the brahmacharis entering the field of prachar work to spread the message of our scriptures, Pujya Gurudev would say, “In my first jnana yajna in Poona, there were only four people, including the speaker!” No one knew at that time how much effort and preparation had gone into the organization of the first yajna in the Ganesh Temple in Rasthapet, Pune. It was only when Swamini Kaivalyananda unearthed the letters to Sri Seshadri, who helped in organizing that first yajna, that the micro details behind that historic event tumbled out.

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