of Republic day of India in London
The 60th Republic
Day of India was celebrated by the National Excecutive Committee of Overseas
Friends of BJP at SKLP Sports and Community Centre, Northolt on 3rd February.
The program began with the national song Vande Mataram brilliantly sung by Raksha followed by a dance recital by Ragasudha Vinjamuri. The dance presentation included Bho Shambho, a composition of Swami Dayananda Saraswati on Lord Shiva in Revathi raga, an ode to Nataraja, the Lord of dance whose graceful cosmic dance enthralls everyone, and Raja Rajeshwari Ashtakam, a composition of Shri Adi Shankaracharya on Goddess Parvati.
Bho Shambho hails Lord Shiva as a self- manifested form and the source of mighty river Ganges, the merciful beyond time and timelessness, and the blissful revered by the sages and saints. Carrying dhamaruka instrument in his hand that represents the Shabda "Aum," wearing crescent Moon which symbolizes tranquil mind, snakes all over his body symbolic of the mental powers, Shambhu - the Lord Shiva is the source of blessings.
Ashtakam is an auspicious Stotra the chanting of which leads all to salvation.
Different manifestations of the Goddess Parvati from terrifying to the
beautiful were displayed elegantly in the eight verses. Seated on a lion
(veerasana samsthitha), she, Shambhavi - wife of Shambhu, Ambaa - the mother
of the universe, is Chidrupi – an embodiment of divine knowledge. Bright
and brilliant as Savitri, attractive and charming as Mohini, pleasant and
auspicious as 8- armed Bhadrakali holding shoola (spear) dhanush (bow),
kusa (noose) and ankusha (goad), fierce as Kali, the slayer of many demons
with garland of skulls around her neck, she protects her devotees with
gentle glances filled with unconditional love. The audience saw all these
aspects of the Divine Supreme displayed vividly.