From Sri Ekachakra Dham
Monday, 22 February 2021
Nabadwip, Nadia, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
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
parama karuna pahu dui jana
saba avatara-sara siromani
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.
Devotees start arriving at Sri Ekachakra Dham from the early morning.
Decorating sri-nat-mandir of Their Lordships.
During the morning arati.
Many vilalges and visitors from all over Bengal come to take darshan of Their
Sri Sudevi Devi Dasi lovingly preparing the Vyasa-asan for His Divine Grace and the devotees.
Devotees offering their prayers at the evening arati of Their Lordships.
During the evening kirtans and class.
His Divine Grace gives first evening class to the assembled fortunate devotees.
Krishna Sundari Didi helping in the book room.
Meanwhile, devotees start the kitchen services. Pictures are Gauranga Prabhu and Nimai Prabhu.
His Divine Grace comes to the kitchen after the class to check on the preparations and see what else is still needed for the festival.
Some of the stock of vegetables for the festival.
Devotees honour holy maha-prasadam of Sri Sri Guru Gaura Nityananda Prabhu
and retire to rest to prepare for the next day full of numerous services.
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