Grand Festival at Sri Ekachakra Dham
(Day Two | Varaha Dvadasi)

Thursday, 6 February 2020
Birbhum, West Bengal



pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
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."

nitai gunamani amara nitai gunamani
aniya premera vanya bhasala avani

Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth.




Serene temple compound in the early hours of the morning, just before the mangal arati.


Morning arati of Their Lordships.






By the time Tulasi Devi and temple parikrama finishes, the sun rises and illuminates the beautiful scenery of the holy dham.


During the morning class. His Divine Grace speaks on the glories of Lord Varahadev.







Shortly after 9 a.m. devotees honour paran and take prasadam.


His Divine Grace gives initiations to several new devotees.


In the meantime, the service at the kitchen continues almost non-stop from morning until evening.



The noon arati.








Western devotees take prasadam humbly at the veranda to avoid the pressure of the crowd that many are unaccustomed to, coming from the West.


The evening programme starts at 4 p.m. Devotees assembled in the holy nat mandir and chant evening kirtans.



Bokaro servitors' squad honouring prasadam in the late afternoon upon their arrival.


His Divine Grace joins the programme shortly and presents to the devotees the calendar that has just come out of print.


Sri Gaudiya Parvva Talika 534-535





At the evening arati of Their Lordships









Starting the temple parikrama.





















After the evening class, devotees quickly honour prasadam and retire to rest in excited anticipation of tomorrow's festival and parikrama of Sri Ekachakra Dham.




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