By Nityananda Ram Das
Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,
Please accept my most humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! All Glories to Sri Guru & Sri Gauranga!
First time in our ISKCON Preaching Centre at Najafgarh, New Delhi (India); devotees very enthusiastically celebrated Gaur Purnima Festival-2011. I would like to share some of the highlights & Photographs of the same with all of you & seek your blessings.
Here the celebration of Gaur Purnima took place in three phases in Najafgarh & Chhawla on 16th March & 19th March.
On 16th March-2011 (Wednesday) the day of Amalaki Vrata Ekadashi, devotees of Najafgarh celebrated Gaur Purnima Festival with our Regular Weekly Preaching Programme. So, in the evening around 80 -100 devotees gathered at our newly opened preaching centre. HG Jitamitra Prabhu from Sri Sri Radha Partha Sarathi Temple came to bless us on the occasion. He very nicely described the pastimes of meeting of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Chand Kazi. Prabhuji narrated the pastimes so lively that everyone was spellbound & relished the pastimes.
As the lecture was going on there were Chhappan Bhoga offerings to Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaur Sundar, the deities of HG Sachipati Prabhu. The number of Bhoga Items counted over 108, all Ekadashi items. Various devotees prepared varieties of preparations at their house & brought here for offering. It was so nice to have darshan of the Chhappan bohoga offerings.
After the class was over, there was Flower Abhishekam to Their Lordships. On that day we didn‚Äôt do the main abhishekam as we kept it for actual Gaura Purnima day. Many of the devotees of Najafgarh first time witnessed any kind of Flower Abhishekam & so they enjoyed & appreciated it very much.
Further, Amalaki Vrata Ekadashi day is also Birth day of HG Jitamitra Prabhu. So, we had brought an Ekadashi Cake & requested Prabhuji to Cut the same. Prabhuji very kindly agreed & cut the cake while devotees sang together Hare Krishna To You‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶
Then there was Gaur Aarati followed by kirtan & feast prasadam for all!
Then on 19th March,2011, (actual day of Gaura Purnima) around 50 devotees gathered at the centre at 5‚Äôoclock in the Morning for Mangal Aarati as announced on 16th . After the complete Mangal Aarati programme we proceeded for Nagar Sankirtan at around 6.00 AM. Almost 60+ devotees participated in the sankirtan. We went thru the residential lanes around Najafgarh Market doing HariNaam sankirtan & dancing enthusiastically. At every crossings point we stopped for a few minutes where HG Sachipati Prabhu described in short the importance of Congregational Chanting of the Holy Name in the age of Kali. So, at around 8.00 AM Nagar Sankirtan was over & devotees went to their respective places to meet again at Chhawla preaching Centre in the afternoon for celebration as evening all the devotees were supposed to go to Sri Sri Radha Partha Sarathi Temple.
So, at around 1.00 PM we assembled at Radha Krishna Mandir, Chhawla. Although it is a private temple of some the local residents, HG Sachipati Prabhu has been doing Iskcon Preaching there for last Four years every Sunday. There, first we performed abhishekam of Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaura Sundar with panchamrita. All the devotees, who chant 16 rounds, were allowed to bathe the Lord. Then HG Sachipati Prabhu very nicely narrated the appearance & Childhood pastimes of Sri Nimai Pandit from Chaitanya Charitamrita. Then there was Gaura Aarati & Maha HariNaam Sankirtan. Everyone present there chanted & danced like mad. It was so wonderful to see the smiling faces of the devotees dancing in the kirtan in ecstasy. Once Kirtan was stopped, devotees started requesting for more kirtan!
Then after the kirtan, devotees were served anukalpa prasadam.
Here I would like to thank all the devotees who have helped & participated in the celebration enthusiastically making it successful.
Please pray for us & bless us that we can serve Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs mission in the best of our capacity in proper spirit of service.
Thank you very much!
Your fallen servant,
Nityananda Ram das