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Chira-Dahi Mahotsav in Sri Panihati

Saturday, 15 June 2019,
Panihati, Hooghly, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj



pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
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."

"When we hear that there is a festival held in the Vaisnav tradition or any other tradition, we understand the word ‘festival’ (utsav) as a social function, but when Vaisnavs make a festival, it is called ‘mahotsav’ (‘grand festival’). Vaisnavs make mahotsavs. In vernacular language it is often called ‘mochchhav’ and sometimes we hear people say, 'Oh, Vaisnavs are making a mochchhav today. Come, we will get some prasad there,' but the real meaning and purpose of a mahotsav is actually realised when Vaisnavs are served properly. Even if you serve non-Vaisnavs for all eternity, it will be not be a mahotsav. Only when there is Vaisnav-seva, can it be a mahotsav. The purpose of a mahotsav is to please Vaisnavs. We see such mention in the scriptures. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur discussed this matter in his books very earnestly and gave it much importance. He says that if one serves Vaisnavs—even if it is two-four Vaisnavs only, but if they are pure Vaisnavs—then the purpose of the mahotsav is fulfilled." (Spoken by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

"Only a fortunate soul who wants to get the mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can come here—only they can engage in service here. Without a great fortune no one can come here, no one can serve Sriman Nityananda Prabhu." (Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj)

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."




























































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