Sri Ekachakra Festival: Day Two (Festival Adhivas)

Wednesday, 24 February 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."


ara kabe nitaichand karuna karibe
samsara-vasana mora kabe tuchha ha'be

"When will Nitaichand give mercy to me? When will all my material desires become insignificant?"

parama karuna pahu dui jana
nitai gaurachandra
saba avatara-sara siromani
kevala ananda-kanda

Nitai and Gaurachandra are the two most merciful Lords. They are the best, the crest-jewels, of all Avatars and the only source of joy.

 

 


 


At the morning lecture.

 


During the class, His Divine Grace speaks on the glories of Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and Lord Varahadev.

 


 


 


Devotees honouring maha-prasadam in the courtyard.

 


A huge sack of muri.

 


 


 


After the class, His Divine Grace gives several initiations.

 


 

    

 


Sripad Rama Krishna Prabhu explains to a new devotee how to chant on his mala.

 


In the meantime, Krishna Sundari Didi tidies up at the bookroom preparing for a long and busy day ahead.

 


Sripad Sajjan Maharaj at the front of the temple.

 


Meanwhile, the kitchen is a beehive of services: chopping cabbage.

 


 


 


 


 

      
Two small children return with guru-daksina they collected in the village after their initiation.

 


 


Noon maha-prasad seva.

 


 


Resplendent temple of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Sri Hadai Padmavati Smriti Kunja beautifully illumined in the night.

 


During the evening arati of Their Lordships

 


 


 


 


 


 


Parikrama of the Temple and Srimati Tulasi Maharani

 


The nat mandir fills to the brim as all the fortunate devotees sit down to hear Hari-katha from the holy lotus mouth of His Divine Grace.

 


 


 


Devotees honour maha-prasadam of the Lordships in the evening before retiring to rest.

 


 


 

 


Devotees continue decorating the nat-mandir and the temple until late at night.

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

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