T oday is the famous Santipur festival. Govinda Dwadasi. Devotees from Mayapur visit Santipur in large numbers in many buses, eagerly engage themselves in cooking and serving hot Kichuri to around 50,000 dhamvasis along with Harinam Sankirtan.
The Shantipur festival has been a key part of ISKCON Mayapur’s Gaura Purnima festival for many years.Historically, it was put on by fifteenth century saint Advaita Acharya in honor of the Disappearance Day of his guru, Madhavendra Puri. Since then, it’s been held on that sacred day every year. It is here in Shantipur festival, once when Lord Caitanya particvipated declared that,”whoever honors prasada here on the day of disappearance of Madhavendra Puri will receive Govinda Prem”.
Devotees will set up an outdoor kitchen in the large mango grove outside the house where Advaita Acharya himself once lived and is still worshipped. There, they’ll cook vast quantities of kichari and chutney in giant pots.
Then nearly 2,000 international devotees will participate in serving the prasad out to “dhamvasis,” the residents of the holy town.
Meanwhile, there will also be a cultural stage program where many senior devotees and sannyasis including Jayapataka Swami, Kavicandra Swami, Lokanath Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami and more will speak on glories of this festival.
We thank worldwide devotees and well wishers for their kind contributions for the success of the festival.
Srila Advaita Acharya ki Jai
Sri Santipur dham ki jai!