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Completion of the traditional departing rites ceremonies for Maharishi held 20 February 2008 in Allahabad, India - Part I
by Global Good News staff writer

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26 February 2008

Rajas, Ministers, and leaders of the Global Country of World Peace from over 50 nations gathered at Maharishi's ashram in Allahabad, India, for the concluding departing rites ceremony in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The ceremony was also attended by the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Maharaj, as well as Sanyasis*, Swamis*, Bramacharayas*, and dignitaries from across India. In accordance with the protocol of the Vedic tradition, the guests were served a sumptuous banquet and then received gifts of shawls and blankets. The ceremony included chanting by Vedic Pandits and Puja [Vedic ceremony of gratitude] to Guru Dev**, preformed by the entire group. There was also a special recitation of Puja by the local Maharishi School*** for girls.

In the evening, the delegation of Rajas and Ministers and their families were graciously received by the Shankaracharya at his ashram and residence in Allahabad. This is the same ashram where Maharishi spent many years with his Master, Shri Guru Dev, His Divinity Brahmananda Saraswati, the former Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math.

*Sanyasis, Swamis, Bramacharayas: men who have dedicated their entire lives to enlightenment and are the upholders of the Vedic tradition.

** Guru Dev: Maharishi's Master, Shri Guru Dev, His Divinity Brahmananda Saraswati, Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas.

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