Rathasaptami, the day that Surya Devata steers his chariot vigorously towards the North, is also the day that heralded the advent of our first Guru, H.H. Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji in 1708 CE. More about this auspicious day and it's significance for Chitrapur Saraswats in this article by Dharmapracharaka, Shri V. Rājgopāl Bhaṭ maam, with a specially rendered painting by Yuvati Mitali U Rao.
In a nostalgia laden flashback to the events of over 3 decades ago, Suresh Mallāpur maam paints a vivid picture how of how the Shrī Datta Jayantī Utsava began, and went on to become an annual feature at Talmakiwadi, Mumbai.
Don’t miss the accompanying gallery of rare photographs of the Utsava from it's earlier days: Through the years: Shri Dattajayanti at Talmakiwadi
Compiled by Archanā Kumṭā pāchī with inputs from V. Rājgopāl Bhaṭ mām, Nāgesh HaĪdipur Bhaṭ mām and Keshav Sorāb mām.
Photos: SCM Archives