A report with photos
Sri Navadvip-dham, 11 May 2005
On the auspicous day of Akshay Tritiya, the devotees headed by Sripad
Bhaktivedanta Parivrajak Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja,
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Govinda Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Harijan
Maharaja, Sripad Premananda Prabhu, and other senior vaishnavas conducted
the inauguration ceremony of Sri Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math, Navadvipa.
The cornerstone laying ceremony was successfully carried out under
the guidance and blessings of Om Visnupada Asttotarasata Sri Srimad
Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, the founder Acarya of Bhaktivedanta
Trust International (BHAKTI) and president of the International Gaudiya
Three days prior to the event, devotees began arriving from various
places of West Bengal. By the morning of the 11th, approximatly 50
devotees were eagerly awaiting for the ceremony to commence. After
the temple's morning program, as more and more bhaktas arrived kirtan
was started around the sacrifical fire pit. The Deities were taken
from their temporary home and placed before the yagna pit, after which
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja began the fire ceremony. Upon
completion of the sacrifice, the Deities were taken to their new home,
and all the devotees rejoiced with more kirtan and parikrama.
Devotees then began taking all the ingredients for the cornerstone
laying ceremony to a specially prepared pit that will later become
part of the permanent temple. Invoking auspicious mantras and offering
sacrifical ingredients, Sripad Tirtha Maharaj carefully layed the
foundation stones. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, Sripad
Shruvak Maharaj and Sripad Tirtha Maharaj spoke Harikatha to the assembled
vaishnavas and afterwards prasadam was distributed. Among those present
were vaishnavas from other Gaudiya Mathas, prominent members of the
local government, and local political party leaders.
In the evening, a large prasadam feast was prepared for the local
dhamvasis and was served after Harikatha and Gaura-arati. In total,
enough prasadam for 6,000 people was distributed.
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