By Shyamagopika dd
Around five hundred years ago, at Panihati, Srila Raghunathadasa Goswami prepared and distributed chida dahi (a preparation made with chipped rice and yogurt and fruits) to thousands of devotees on the banks of Ganges on the order of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally appeared during this festival and showered mercy on His devotee, Raghunathadasa Goswami. Hundreds of devotees from ISKCON Mayapur every year visit Panihati to observe this festival and distribute Chida-dahi prasada in a grand way. This year, ISKCON Mayapur had set up a big pandal and distributed chida â€“dahi prasada to over 60,000 devotees assembled at panihati, non-stop from morning till evening 3 p.m. Kirtan and katha was going on in the pandal while devotees were distributing prasada. Srila Prabhupadaâ€™s books were distributed on this occasion. Krishnadas kaviraja dasaâ€™s harinam parikrama aroud Panihati was a highlight in this yearâ€™s festival. HG Nitai Prasad dasa gave katha on this pastime. Around 10 litres of milk, 100 kgs of yogurt, 1000 kgs of chipped rice, 10 kg of dry fruits,100 big jack fruits, 6500 bananas, juicy mangoes,100 kgs of sugar and 300 kgs of Gur or molasses were used to prepare Chida dahi and offered to Sri Gaura-Nitai under the tree where Lord Nityananda Prabhu personally partook and distributed chida dahi. After Ganga bath, devotees honored a feast on their way back to Sri Mayapur!
Preparation of chida dahi in this Video!
Chida dahi offering and distribution in this Video!
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