Fifth Anniversary Festival of West London Temple

Saturday, 17 August 2019
London, UK
Photographs courtesy of Saraswati Devi Dasi, Indulekha Devi Dasi

 

pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
paurvaparya-parampara-prachalita-prajya-pramurtakrteh
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."

"Prana achhe yara, sei hetu prachara (প্রাণ আছে যার সেই হেতু প্রচার): as long as you have life in the body, you must preach."

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."

 

 


 


 


 


Lavanya Mayi Devi Dasi

 


Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi (daughter of Vraja Mohini Devi Dasi, coming from Salt Lake City)

 


Sri Saraswati Devi Dasi, the worshippable manager of the temple.

 


Anjali Devi Dasi, Pandita Mayi Devi Dasi

 


 


Krishna Mohini Devi Dasi (from Caracas, Venezuela)

 


Devotees take the darshan of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj—watching one of the recent video recordings prepared by Sripad Bhakti Nandan Sadhu Maharaj.

 


His Divine Grace Srila Janardan Maharaj speaking to the assembled devotees.

 


 


Sripad Devashish Prabhu, the worshippable manager of the East London Temple of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, taking turn to speak.

 


Sri Saraswati Devi Dasi addressing the assembled guests and devotees.

 


 


In the meantime, devotees are busy with the cooking services.


 


 


 


The altar room of the Temple.

 


Srila Janardan Maharaj leading the noon arati.

 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

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