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Gaura Purnima festival at the

Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan-chandra Mandir, Vrindavan

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We had a wonderful Gaura Purnima festival on Mar 19th at the Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan-chandra Mandir, Vrindavan. The temple hall was gorgeously decorated with flowers (phool bangla). One devotee sponsored for the Chhappan Bhog offering, which was on display throughout the day. New dresses were also offered to the Deities, sponsored by another devotee.

There was an initiation ceremony in the morning for 14 devotees. The devotees received initiation from Srila Prabhupada. The ceremony was overseen by His Grace Chanchalapathi Prabhu. His Grace Navin Krishna Prabhu also graced the occasion and addressed the gathering. The devotees received their spiritual names chosen by a rtvik appointed by the GBC of ISKCON Bangalore. The devotees also received japa malas chanted on by the rtvik accepting them as disciples of Srila Prabhupada.

This was followed by an abhisheka for Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga in the evening. Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga were carried in a pallakki accompanied by devotees fanning Their Lordships, while one devotee held an ornate umbrella over Them.

The grand abhisheka was performed in the Open Air Theater (OAT) of the temple.

Nearly a thousand people gathered to witness the elaborate bathing of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. The abhisheka was performed by His Grace Sri Navin Krishna Prabhu and His Grace Sri Chanchalpathi Prabhu, accompanied by Brahma Samhita prayers, Sri Purusha Sukta prayers & ecstatic kirtans. His Grace Sri Chanchalapathi Prabhu spoke on the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After this was an arati accompanied by devotees singing Sri Sachitanayashtakam by Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, in a very melodious tune.

Please find below a few snaps of the occasion.

Your servant,

Suvyakta Narasimha Dasa

abhishek arrngmnt

abhishek class by cpp

 

abhishek in oat1

abhishek in oat2

 

abhishek in oat3

abhishek in oat4

 

abhishek in oat5

arati darsan after abhishek

 

chhappan bhog

cpp initiation address

 

crowd mesmerized by abhishek

crowd witnessing abhishek

 

devotees being initiated

flower abhishek

 

flower abhishek2

initiation fire sacrifice

 

kirtan in temple1

kirtan in temple2

 

kirtan in temple3

navin krsna prabhu initiation address

 

Nitai Gauranga arrive in pallaki

RVC darshan

 

Stage arrngmnt for abhishek

Temple decoration

 

temple fountain

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