Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas, OCD
Director and Programme Coordinator

Fr. Rathan Almeida, OCD
Dean of Studies

Fr. Arun Bennis, OCD


Pongal Celebration :

January 17 Dhyanavana institute of Spirituality celebrated Pongal festival with great gusto. Pongal is the harvest festival of the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. It is a day of thanksgiving to the Lord who has blessed his creation with multiple blessings. In an agriculture based civilization, harvest plays an important role. The farmer cultivating the land depends on his cattle, timely rain and the Sun. Once a year, he expresses his gratitude to everything which symbolizes the harvest celebration. With the end of the wet month of Margazhi (Mid December to mid January) the new Tamil month of Thai heralds a series of festivals. The first day of this month is a festival day known as Pongal Day. Pongal means the “boiling over” of milk and rice during the month of Thai.

With grateful attitude to God we the Dhyanavana community gathered together to thank and praise God for all his marvelous blessings poured on us in this current year. Sisters belonging to Tamilnadu took greater initiative with the assistance of other sisters to organize celestial liturgy, prayer service, decoration, drawing of rangoli, preparation of the pongal food and pongal dance. Pongal food was blessed by Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas Director of Dhyanavana.

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