Sri Navadvipa - January 4, 2005
A report by Radharaman das & Gaura das
On the auspicious occasion of the Appearance Day of Nitya Lila Pravista
Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja a beautiful
celebration of his character and glories took place in Sri Sri Keshavaji
Gaudiya Matha, Navadvip.
The vaisnava festival was held at the construction
site of the new Gaudiya Matha of the IGV Trust, under the guidance
Visnupada Paramahamsa Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Gosvami Maharaja.
new Navadvip Math is located in Kolerdang Lane, Hari Tala, Nadiya.
Immediately following mangal arati some devotees started kirtan, while
others began cooking and decorating for the festival.
After kirtan many
senior vaisnavas began speaking the qualities and pastimes of Srila
Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja, including bhaktas from other
Mathas. After Harikatha and Bhoga Arati the vaisnavas began to honor
mahaprasadam on the roof of the temporary temple, while hundreds of
dhamvasis honored inside a large pandal nearby. For over five hours
devotess freely distrubted prasadam to aproximatly 5000 guests. Many
special preperations were made, including rice, dhal, shak, subjis,
chutnies, kitchary, khir, rasagullas, and sweet yogurt. All were
enthusiastic to honor prasadam, and many villagers took back prasadam
offer to their families.
After a short rest the devotees once again gathered for kirtan and
further glorifications of Srila Vamana Maharaja, which included class
in English. There was no end to his glories, and his rememberance
gave great pleasure and inspirations to all the attending bhaktas.
By the unlimited causeless mercy of Srila Vamana Maharaja, the vaisnavas
were happily engaged in service throughout the entire day. We pray
at the lotus feet of nitya-lila pravistha om vishnupad Sri Srimad
Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja on this day that we can follow
his divine example and instructions that perhaps one day our lifes
will become perfect. Gaur-premanande!
A photo album of pictures from the celebration and of the early construction
at the new Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math is available here.