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SRI GAURA PURNIMA

5 March 2015

 

 


The first of the aratis—at the samadhi mandir of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.


The auspicious flower mandal at the samadhi mandir of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.





The second of the aratis—at the samadhi mandir of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.



This dog touched all devotees: it faithfully followed the Parikrama and in the evenings
would come with the devotees to the Math and lie quietly among them.






The third arati is at the main temple of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gadharva Govindasundar Jiu.


His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj starting the parikrama around the temples.






Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Govindasundar Jiu, the presiding Deities
of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, installed and worshipped by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj.



The parikrama proceeds to Sri Govinda Kunda.




At the end, everyone gathers in the pandal for the morning programme.






After the morning programme, His Divine Grace gave first and second initiations.






Throughout the day, there was arranged a continuous reading of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita.


The view at the main gate of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and the stalls outside it that
appear there every year now at the time of Gaura Purnima.


For the male devotees who took second initiation there was held a fire yajna at the samadhi mandirs' area.



The domes of the samadhi mandir of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the main Sri Gupta Govardhan temple.


The top of Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's veranda was painted just recently.


Close to the noon time, there was a gathering for all the Western devotees.



Presiding right to left: His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj, Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj,
Srila B.P. Janardan Maharaj, Srila B.K. Ashram Maharaj, Srila B.B. Avadhut Maharaj,
Sripad Ram Ray Prabhu of Turkey, and Sripad B.C. Parvat Maharaj.






At four o'clock everybody gathered at the pandal for the main programme of the day.


Sri Sada Siva Gangadhar at whose merciful feet all the programmes were held.





Some devotees preferred to attend the programme from the ground floor of Sevak Bhavan.




Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj, and Sripad Bhakti Chaitanya Bharati Maharaj.


His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj, Sripad Bhakti Kamal Tyagi Maharaj,
Sripad Bhakti Chandan Parvat Maharaj, and Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.


Sripad Ram Ray Prabhu at first stayed humbly in the background with a group of Turkish devotees,
but later could not avoid being summoned to the stage.






As the time drew closer to the time of moonrise, the hearts of the devotees grew anxious for the moment to come
when the Moon of Nadia would arise in the sky.


Nilamani Prabhu of the USA and Druvananda Prabhu of Mexico, the servitor of Srila B.K. Ashram Maharaj.



Krishna Kanta Prabhu, shy in front of the camera, came from Kolkata to help manage the book table.


At the time of moonrise, the devotees happily sang verses from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita
that describe the Lord's auspicious appearance.




Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gadharva Govindasundar Jiu in Their new festive outfits.



Loud. Intense. Glorious.

 



The eclectic recording team: Saraswati Devi Dasi of Mexico, Nimai Chandra Prabhu of India/Venezuela,
Ananda Vardhan Prabhu of New Zealand, and Devadatta Prabhu of Russia.



After the long and energetic kirtan, everybody attended the aratis.



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After the aratis, everybody went to break fast with anukalpa (non-grain) prasad.






All the Western devotees were served on the ground floor of Sevak Bhavan.


 

For yourself, you can drop water—crying, crying, you can make a whole glass of water
with your tears, but can you spend one drop of water for me?

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