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Jalaram Bapa Katha

Error Jalarambapa was born in the town of Virpur near Rajkot, Gujarat State on 14th November 1799. Early education was from his mother Rajbai Thakkar who was very religious and was told by Saint Raghuvirdasji, who greatly admired her piety, that her second son (Sri Jalaram Bapa) would be a famous advocate of duty, devotion and good deeds. From Rajbai he learnt respect, patience, self-sacrifice, duty and grace. One day, Lord Rama dressed as an old man in the guise of a Sadhu appeared before Jalarambapa. Jalarambapa invited him for a meal. The old man complained that he was old and inform and that he needed some one to look after him. Jalarambapa therefore sent his wife with the old man on his journey. She went willingly. The pair of travelers eventually came to a river. The old man gave Virbai his stick and a bag to hold. he then disappeared. The stick and the bag are still on display at the Jalarambapa Ashram in Virpur. Many people believe that food given by Jalarambapa to the Sadhus and other pilgrims will reach the doors of heaven. For that reason, even to day the Jalarambapa Ashram in Virpur continues to feed thousands of pilgrims at a time, and the kitchen never runs out of food, no matter how many people are there! Died in 1881 whilst praying.

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The Katha, a three day program, will be narrated by Shastri Shree Palkeshbhai Trivedi, the priest of Shree Jalaram Mandir - Greenford - RAGHUVANSHI MAHAJAN LONDON (RAMA) Greenford, Middlesex.

The Katha explains that God came down on earth in the form of a human being or some other form of life, whenever evil elements prevailed over good in the universe. Jalarambapa was one such angel, born in a village, Virpur, in India on November 14, 1799. Bapa’s parents were poor but were very religious.

Bapa was very religious and God worshipping from childhood and in adult life, he and his wife left their worldly attachments and started feeding and helping the poor and the needy. The free food is still served to everyone visiting Virpur. During his life, Bapa had personal blessings of Lord Rama enabling him to help and perform services impossible for a human being.

During the Katha, Bapa’s birth event is celebrated on 17th; wedding ceremony on 18th and Sant Samagam on 19th.

On the concluding day of the Katha, several devotees wearing the traditional dresses worn by Bapa and other saints present a wonderful scene of holiness, bhakti and service to mankind. Shastriji provides several bhajan recitals in the presence of the sant devotees and a devoted audience.

Prasad/food will be provided by the Mandir every day of the Katha period to all those attending it.

A coachfull of devotees will join us from Greenford temple on 18th April. We expect bewteen 100 to 200 people per day.

We know God is great but really he is not that great. For the temple to sustain itself it needs donors
Those who wish to sponsor for the prasad/food can get in touch with Rasik Patel or Panditji.

Dates : 17 April 2015 (Friday)

                Main Katha from 16:30-19:00
                Aarti at 19:30
                Food at 20:00

           18 April 2015 (Saturday)

                Jan arriving from Greenford Temple, Middlesex around 11:30-11:45
                Food at 12:00

                Kath with Jalaram Bapa's wedding from 14:00-17:00
                Aarti at 17:30
                Food at 17:00 for the Jan; for the rest at 20:00

           19 April 2015 (Sunday)

                Kath with Purnahuti (Viday) from 14:00-18:30
                Aarti at 19:30
                Food at 20:00

Venue: Hindu Temple Bristol

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