The following festivals are usually celebrated each year:

  • Shivaratri: The night of Shiva. It occurs in february or march.

  • Navaratri: The goddess is celebrated for nine days and nights. It occurs twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn.

  • Sommarsolståndet: The sun and the light is celebrated on June 21 when the days are longest.

  • Guru purnima: A festival dedicated to all our spiritual teachers held in connection to the full moon in July.

  • Christmas: A festival dedicated to Christ in late December when the light slowly begins to return.

fire ceremony before inauguration

 

During festivals and other gatherings different types of ceremonies from the Indian tradition are performed.

  • Aarati: A light ceremony with mantras usually performed twice a day, in the morning and evening. Followed by kirtan.

  • Havan och Yagya: Vedic fire ceremonies.

  • Kirtan: Singing of mantras.

  • Paduka puja: Ceremony for Shri Babajis padukas (sandals).

  • Linga abishek: Ceremony where water and flowers are sacrificed to a Shivling.

 

Other types of activities are

  • Bhandara: A feast served at festivals.

  • Karma yoga: The yoga of action. Everyone at the ashram helps out with chores such as cooking, washing dishes, making flower garlands, shopping wood etc.