38th Sri Gaura Purnima festival - reports and pics

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By Tusti Mohan Krishna das

38th Sri Gaura Purnima festival starts Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir Mayapur, 24th of February, 2009.

Dear devotees.

Dandavat pranams.

With great happiness and joy we inform the vaishnava community that the Sri Gaurpurnima festival in its 38th edition starts at Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir.

After The morning darsan arati program, all the devotee went to Srila Prabhupada Park for the inaugural ceremony and flag hoisting that declares officially the beginning of the most transcendental festival in the universe. This festival was founded by Srila Prabhupada himself in the year 1972. For the gracious occasion we have the special visit of HG Balaji Swami who is one of the head pujaris of Balaji Tirumala Mandir in Tirupati, who did the official ritual ceremonies and chanted the special mantras assisted by HG Bhadra Caru prabhu for the pleasure of Sri Sri Gaurnitai the presiding Deities of this magnificent event.

The flag hoisting was done by HH Gopal Krsna Goswami and HH Lokanath

The devotees came in a procession carrying Srila PrabhupadaĀ“s small golden deity from the altar of Radha Madhava and headed towards the park amidst loud kirtans and chanting of vedic mantras by the gurukula students. The Deities of Sri Gaurnitai were placed in theis wooden altar on the and Lord GarudaĀ“s deity was at their lotus feet. While all the ingredients and paraphernalia was ready to star this very auspicious ceremony. as Lokanath

Balaji Swami came specially to visit HH Jayapataka Swami and to do special yajnas and treatments for His HolinessĀ“s health and at this moment he is performing a special yajna and Garuda sankalpa for the health of HH Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaja who is the chief host of this festival, as well as for the benefit of all devotees from the world over. Beside of that he is chanting 10000 times the holy names of Lord Narasimha deva. (Please see attached pics).

The master of ceremony was HG Praghosa prabhu, who began announcing the opening of the festival and thanking HH Jayapataka swami for his presence at this very important moment, that even due to his health conditions he wanted to be present and was able to make it, as he is the senior devotee who never missed one Gaurpurnima festival since 1972. He also gave an introduction about the festival and the vision we all have to improve all the festivals every year. At the end he requested devotees to take some special pots that were in the same park to go the Ganges and get water for the maha Abhisheka tomorrow.

After was the speech of HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and HH Lokanath swami who said Jayapataka maharaja is ahead of me for one year as I am assisting to this festival every year since 1973. His Holiness also said, who doesn't like festivals?, everyone likes festival but this is the most important festival, unfortunately people like other kind of festivals. Also other speakers were HH Gopal Krsna Maharaja, Candramali Maharaja, HH Prahladananda swami and at the end HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami.

Present were also, HH Bhaktisidhanta Swami, Vedabyasapriya Swami and other senior devotees including the CEO of Balaji Tirumala as well. HG Aindhra Prabhu the great kirtan leader of Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir in Vrndaban is also here performing along with devotees ecstatic kirtans. We can hear their excellent voices and sweet melodies all time surcharging the atmosphere with spiritual energy for the pleasure of Sri Sri Panca Tattva Bhagavan and devotees.

Today we started seeing many new faces and new devotees arrive from all over the world. The GBC meetings ended yesterday, I am posting also a historical pic of all the GBC members including HH Jayapataka Swami sitting on his wheel chair in the middle. The Chairman elected of this year is His Holiness Romapada Swami.

Many lectures are been given simultaneously today, the Bengali lecture was given at 6 am by HH Jayapataka Swami as also all the other lectures were delivered at the same time in different halls and pandals. In this way there would be time for the flag hoisting ceremony. All are eagerly waiting for the Maha Abhisheka tomorrow on the 25th. All will have the opportunity to serve Sri Sri Panca Tattva Bhagavan deities in a very special form.

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Aroti for the Panca Tattva Deities after the Maha-Abhisheka

Dear Devotees.

Dandavat pranams

I would like to send a short report and pics on the second part of the Mahaabhisheka of the Panca Tattva deities. This year there was no pushpa Abhisheka. Therefore at 10 am the Maha Abhisheka ended and HG Hari Sauri prabhu announced that we have 2 hours break, then we come back to the get darsan and while there will be the main aroti to the Deities.

At 12 noon the bhoga was been offered to Their Lordships, the arati was almost at 1 pm, The pujaris were not sure who was going to do the main arati as HH Jayapataka Swami was supposed to do but due to his physical limitations some alternatives were there. HH Gopal Krsna Goswami approached me to ask Gurumaharaja, which I did. But in fact Guru MaharajaĀ“s reply, was that he wouldn’t be able to do full arati to the Deities. Narashimha Kavaca prabhu came to HH JPSĀ“s room and asked him his opinion and it was finalized that HH Gopal Krsna Goswami does the Main arati while HH JPS does same arati on the right side in front of Srivas Acarya. Please see pictures.

The morning Bhagavatam class was given by HH Sivaram Swami, the kirtan also was performed by HH Radhanath Swami early morning.

HH Aindhra prabhu was leading Kirtan. At the time of the darsan arati of the deities HH Lokanath Swami started leading a great kirtan for Their Lordships that made all dance and sing all the time during the arati with ecstatic and surcharged energy. It was unforgettable.

As you can see in the pics, the arrival of departure of HH JPS is an event by itself, the highlight of all these days. Upon his arrival on the wheel chair GM was placed on the side of Srivas Acarya in front of the altar, then was helped by devotees to stand up with the help of the walker while 2 devotees were taking care of him on each side. Jagjivan prabhu was assisting GM with the paraphernalia of worship. Although he is sick and physically limited, still he could manage to be in Mayapur and do arati to His most beloved Lords. It is only by the grace of Krishna and the prayers of all of devotees.

Many activities are happening in Mayapur including the daily night performances on the main stage.

I am adding in this texts an attached file with few pictures including 2 from Abhisheka, since I sent few earlier that I hope all of you got them.

Sri Sri Panca Tattva Bhagavan Ki Jay. Srila Prabhupada Ki jay. Gaura premanande, haribol.

Ys

Tusti Mohan Krsna das

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Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir in Vrndabanin, is that a new ISKCON temple in Vrndabanin? Please don’t tell me they changed the name of Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna Balarama Mandir in Vrndabanin as in your report “Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir in Vrndabanin” I pray it is only a tpyeo .

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