The sacred evening opened with vedic chanting by youngsters followed by Alekhya Kurra’s Kuchipudi dance.
Maha Shivarathri saw the premises of Sri Dharmapuri Kshetram come alive with melodious music of Nihal Konduri, Smita and Threeory Band. Smita, Nihal and Threeory’s performance is a genre developed by combining aspects of Indian classical music and improvisation with styles such as progressive fusion rock. These combined elements fuse into an eclectic sound that can be enjoyed by the young and the old alike. It was an attempt to change the general perception towards Indian music by infusing new sounds that will take everybody’s breath away.
In the Indian philosophy, the highest musical experience is ananda, the “divine bliss.” They created an experience of pure ananda. It was a delight, nectar to the ears and left the audience enthralled.
As the mood was set by large temple bells and the premise was lit by traditional lamps – this event saw a gathering of more than 3000 people.
Sri Dharmapuri Kshetra, in the shade of a large neem tree in Miyapur, is an embodiment of light to the people of the surrounding villages. It is said that in 1986, a robber took the hundi from the temple and disposed it off. Nobody realized it. Aften a few days, the robber admitted to his crime and surrendered himself. He confessed that the hundi had Rs 600 and promised to work hard to earn and return that amount. Owing to the change in the robber – from a path of “Adharma” to “Dharma”, the temple has been christened as “Sri Dharmapuri” from this day onwards. The temple prospered to be a centre of inspiration and a center of energy!
In addition to being a home to several Goddesses, several sadhgurus, Avadhuttas, Yogis and Jagadgurus are worshipped here. Adjacent to the temple of Saraswati Devi is the “Vyasa Maharshi” shrine, in front of which is a large book with 4 Vedas weighing about 20 kg. It is a belief that if students touch this and get blessings of Saraswathi Devi, they will excel in education.