- Friday, 26 October 2007
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008
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Installation of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha
and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
October 26, 2007: Vrndavana
During the auspicious Kartika month this year, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja has been giving his morning and evening classes in Gopinatha Bhavan, a brand-new temple/housing complex made of red sandstone. Gopinatha Bhavan is situated on the banks of the Yamuna, right next to the holy Imlitala, which is considered by pure Gaudiya Vaisnavas to be one of the most sacred of all holy places of Sri Krsna’s pastimes. Imlitala is the very place where Krsna came when Srimati Radhika had disappeared during the rasa dance. Here, Krsna wept bitterly in separation from Radhika and, fully absorbed in thoughts of Her, assumed Her golden complexion.
On the first day of Kartika, Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja installed the Deities Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the main hall of Gopinath Bhavan. As the first day of Kartika was also the divine disappearance day of his most worshipable Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Narayana Maharaja led the 1,000 international pilgrims present in observing that auspicious separation festival.
The day began with mangala-arati at 5am, then singing of bhajans, and then Srila Maharja’s morning class. As he is accustomed to doing every year, he began speaking on the sweet infanthood pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna from Sri Damodarastakam, spoken by Satyavrata Muni in Padma Purana, with commentaries by Sri Sanatana Gosvami and Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami.
After the class, he and the devotees proceeded to the Yamuna where he guided the devotees in taking sankalpa (vows) for the entire parikrama month. As Sripad Tirtha Maharaja chanted the sankalpas, the devotees took acamana from Yamuna, offered flowers to her, and prayed to her for the fulfillment of their spiritual aspirations.