Sri Krishna Janmastami
Friday, 23 August 2019
Tarakeshwar, Hooghly District, West Bengal
Photographs courtesy of Sri Kamalendu Prabhu, Sri Rana Krishna Prabhu
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."
he krsna karuna-sindho
radha-kanta namo 'stu te
"O my dear Krishna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and
the source of creation. You are the master of the cowherdmen and the lover
of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto
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."
Sripad Paramarthik Maharaj giving the morning class.
The day is filled with various services around the temple and the kitchen and devotees happily engage themselves in service for the pleasure of Sri Gurupadpadma.
His Divine Grace giving the evening class.
Krishna Priya Devi Dasi, one of the few permanent servitors maintaining the services at the temple.
A lot of local devotees flock in for the evening class.
Devotees busily preparing for the evening festival offering.
By midnight, His Divine Grace leads the abhisekh (bathin) ceremony of Sri Gopal.
After His Divine Grace inaugurates the abhisekh, all devotees get an opportunity to wash the holy body of Sri Gopal.
Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madan Mohanjiu in Their beautiful festival outfits.
As at every festival, His Divine Grace personally observes prasadam distribution and makes sure everyone serves and is served well. At night, devotees take anukalpa prasadam (without grains). The rest of prasadam is honoured the next day during the paran time (the time when the fast is broken).
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