News from Sri Nrisingha Palli
Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 March 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."
A glimpse of the cementing works at the Prasadam Hall.
His Divine Grace at the outbuilding kitchen observing the Prasadam Hall works.
Although the construction works are far from completion, the arrangement has been made to serve prasadam in a pandal at the rooftop.
...and tidying up...
A large supply of firewood for the kitchen.
Taking the wood to the kitchen.
Sripad Sajjan Maharaj has set the book room nicely and is ready for the influx of service during the festival.
Many pilgrims come from all over Bengal to the old temple of Lord Sri Nrisinghadev.
Abhay Chaitanya Prabhu, the pujari of the temple, chanting morning kirtans while all other devotees are busy with various urgent services around the temple.
A large stock of mudi (puffed rice) for the festival.
With the premises of the temple vastly expanded and all the stored items now being kept in the outbuilding kitchen, one of the rooms in the nat mandir was made into an addition kitchen that is going to be used during the festival as the other kitchen is very small and devotees always feel too crowded there when many helping hands are required. Sri Sudevi Didi and Sri Nanda Priya Didi are setting up the kitchen.
Cleaning and drying the rooftop of the future Prasadam Hall.
His Divine Grace speaking to Sripad Shanta Maharaj and Sripad Muni Maharaj who have just arrived to take part in the grand festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.
During the evening arati, Sunday.
During the evening class. His Divine Grace speaks much on service mood and encourages devotees to make the best of their stay at the temple during the festival.
By the mercy of Sripad Bhakti Nandan Sadhu Maharaj, an online broadcast was made possible, during which Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Kusum Ashram Maharaj and Sripad Bhakti Bandhav Puri Maharaj made a brief address to the assembled devotees praying for everyone's mercy to be able to come to the festival next year.
The programme finishes shortly after 9:30 p.m. and devotees come to honour prasadam before retiring to rest and prepare for the next day—Sri Adhivas Day of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama.
Despite the lockdown, there is a group of Western devotees who are extremely fortunate to be still in India at this time and to be able to take part in the parikrama.
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