An initiation ceremony took place on auspicious Gaura Purnima day (5th Mar, 2015) in auspicious Mayapur dham. Around 300 devotees got initiated from HH Jaya Pataka Swami Maharaj .There were several others who became Maharaj’s aspiring disciples. Many devotees also took His shelter on the occasion.
The ceremony took place in Namhatta prasadam hall and it went from morning till late afternoon. The program started with a lecture by HH Danavir Goswami. He told the assembled devotees about importance of human life and how by practice of bhakti one develops brahmanical qualities listed in Bhagavad Gita. This was followed up with a lecture by HG Sankarsan Nitai Prabhu in both English and Bengali. He explained the ten offenses against chanting of the Holy Names. He concluded his talk by saying that diksa is glorious but the disciples need to be serious in carrying out their vows.
Next initiation candidate devotees performed Acaman and took vows before devotees who represented HH Jaya Pataka Maharaj. There was a kirtan before Maharaj’s arrival. Maharaj didn’t give a lecture due to a problem in His voice. First, the aspiring devotees came together and offered puspanjali at lotus feet of Maharaj. Next, devotees taking shelter came together and similarly offered puspanjali at lotus feet of Maharaj. Maharaj then chanted Hare Krsna Mahamantra and this was heard by initiation candidates. Initiation candidates came to Maharaj based on serial numbers to receive their names and beads.
Pictures of the event can be viewed in gallery above.