Great News from Uluberia
31 March–2 April 2019,
Howrah District, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sri Gauranga Prabhu (Brazil)
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."
Purchased bricks lining up the down the road.
In the centre, talking on the phone, is Saumendranath Prabhu from Tarakeshwar (lovingly called by His Divine Grace 'Bapi,' a Bengali endearment name parents use for their son). He has just returned from another large service project to supervise the construction of the temple here, giving invaluable assistance to His Divine Grace.
His Divine Grace is confirming and settling the blueprint of the temple's ground flour that is very close to the design of the temple in Nrisingha Palli.
The land where the temple will stand was a place of gourd farming.
Half of the cultivated area is now cleared for the temple.
Devotees and workers mark the perimeter of the temple.
Short bamboo sticks are stuck into the ground and a string is tied to get the perimeter outlined.
The layout of the first floor of the future temple is also very close to the Nrisingha Palli temple.
Meanwhile, devotees and workers take out the bamboo poles and strings that were used for the cultivation before (serving as support for the creeping gourd plants).
First strikes of the hoe: His Divine Grace officially inaugurates the construction while devotees chant kirtan.
With the bamboo poles taken out, devotees and workers start digging deep pits for the foundation and supporting pillars.
In the evening, His Divine Grace stays at the house of one of the devotees and spends the time with kirtan and Hari-katha.
For the past four months His Divine Grace has been repeatedly reading from Sri Upadesh, third volume (Guidance 3), stressing the importance of the siddhanta expressed therein.
2 April: His Divine Grace spends the next day making sure the construction and works start smoothly and the layout of the temple is marked properly on the ground.
Digging the pits for the foundation.
Nimai Sundar Prabhu. Many devotees know him from Siliguri and Nabadwip where he spent a long time serving the Math.
Children of the Uluberian Vaishnavs help in their own capacity.
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