Sri Nrisingha Palli: Sri Vyasa Puja of Om Vishnupad
Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Saturday, 14 December 2019
Nadia, West Bengal
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
govindabhidham ujjvalam vara-tanum bhakty anvitam-sundaram
vande visva-gurun cha divya-bhagavat-premno hi bija-pradam
"I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most
cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev’s
associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable
and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami
Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused
with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the
giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord."
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs'
name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of
Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
The beautifully decorated entrance to the temple.
An auspicious welcome: coconuts in clay pots and young banana trees.
When His Divine Grace comes to commence the programme, he first of all offers a garland to Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and Srila B.S. Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.
Sripad Bhakti Tilak Niriha Maharaj offers garlands and obeisances while
Sripad Gauranga Prabhu offers chandan to all dignitaries arriving from
Gaudiya Maths of Nabadwip.
Devotees happily attending to the kitchen services throughout the morning.
Taking first pots upstairs to prepare for prasadam distribution.
Devotees affectionately set the plates, placing a piece of lemon and a pinch of salt on each plate and keeping a bottle of water next to it.
His Holiness Sripad Sajjan Maharaj at the book room just at the entrance to the temple.
After the class, all devotees offer pushpanjali (flower petals).
On request of His Divine Grace, all dignitaries proceed then upstairs to honour prasadam.
His Divine Grace happily distributes gifts to the Vaishnavs: a wall calendar, a diary and a cloth.
In the meantime, devotees stay downstairs to attend the arati of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev and Prahlad Maharaj.
Sripad Krishnapad Prabhu
His Divine Grace oversees the prasadam distribution making sure everybody is served nicely, affectionately.
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