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Navaratri program and eye camp: spiritual and medical care for Vrindavan

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Vrindavan, 2018.03.26

There is one organization in Vrindavan that is working from many angles to provide spiritual, cultural and medical facilities and services. At Vatsalyagram Vrindavan, Navaratri is one of the biggest festivals of the year, and, this year, the cataract operation camp was held in tandem with a special daily-pooja in Sarvamangala Ma temple, underneath the replica of Kailash mountain pictured above.

A picture of Sarvamangala Ma was placed next to the altar for the pooja and auspicious mantras were chanted every morning for the nine days of Navaratri. Special worship was also conducted in front of the Kailash mountain replica and Shiva ling, which was installed in 2016, after being brought specially from the Kaveri river.

This Navaratri, busloads of visitors came to stay in Vatsalyagram’s guest house and observe the festivities.

IMG_1184-300x200.jpgThe eye camp was held in the hospital behind the temple. All year round, the hospital provides eye examinations to fit lenses and diagnose cases needing surgery. Every few months, (depending on sponsors) the organization facilitates an eye camp, in which hundreds of people who have been suffering from clouded vision due to cataracts are able to see clearly once again.

A team of doctors from Mumbai travels to Vrindavan to perform the operations, which are undertaken with the aid of state-of-the-art technology. Patients are given accommodation and meals and provided with dark glasses to help them deal with the extreme light-sensitivity that occurs after cataract operations.

This eye camp, 325 patients had new lenses installed by the team of expert surgeons.

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