News from Sri Nrisingha Palli:
Continuation of Festival

1-2 January 2021
Nabadwip, Nadia, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj

 

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
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."


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 new land (to the right of the temple) is just down the road, a five-ten-minute's walk from the temple.

 


During the evening class on Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's Vyasa Puja day.

 


 


 


 


In the evening, His Divine Grace briefly addresses the worldwide devotee community.

 


New devotees come to His Divine Grace in the morning to receive the Holy Name, and some devotees receive the second initiation.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

     
Devotees from Bokaro are taking the big pots away and paraphernalia for mass distribution of prasadam and storing them away for the next festival. His Divine Grace spoke about the glory of Bokaro devotees mentioning that with these boys at the temple His Divine Grace had no headache because he could always rely on them with prasadam distribution, washing pots, and any other services.

 


Sripad Vishnu Maharaj is doing the fire sacrifice himself today, without His Divine Grace's supervision.

 


His Divine Grace lovingly gives a dhoti and a kurta to the devotees from Bokaro and speaks to them a little before they leave.

 


Bestowing second initiation...

 


 


The painting is now completed with the eight-petal lotus of Sri Nabadwip Dham and Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's logo with a verse beneath it,

মাতল হরিজন কীর্ত্তন-রঙ্গে ।
পূজল রাগপথ গৌরব-ভঙ্গে ॥

matala hari-jana kirtana-range
pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange

"From afar we shall worship the raga-path, the path of spontaneous affectionate service, while we ourselves shall live within the Vedic guidelines."

 


His Divine Grace is checking on the kitchen quarters in the afternoon.

 


 


A lush garden tended by the devotees.

 


In the afternoon, His Divine Grace takes a walk with a few devotees to the new guesthouse to check on the ongoing construction works.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The rooms' layout is marked on the floor of the third floor.

 


Erecting first walls.

 


In the meantime, the cows receive an affectionate visit.

 


 


 


 


His Divine Grace is treating the cows with some bread and bananas.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


At the evening arati of the Lordships.

 

 


 


Srila Acharya Maharaj speaks about Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and shows some photograph (showing a book published by Sri Gaudiya Math).

 


 


 

 

 

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