W ith the hoisting of Garuda flag , in a colorful ceremony at Lotus park, HH Bhakti Charu Swami, GBC chairman, announced the official start of Gaura Purnima 2017 festival. As the Garuda flag started raising with divine chanting of Gurukulis & harinam, thousands of colorful flower petals showered all over the devotees with sweet bliss. Assembled Sanyasis broke coconuts as an auspicious way to begin the festival, infront of hundreds of cherring devotees. For the upcoming 21 days, festivities are lined up one after another, beginning from Kirtan Mela and for the next five days, kirtan rasa from Mayapur shall inundate the whole world.
HH Gopala Krishna Goswami mentioned that Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival is the mother of all festivals. By coming to Mayapur during the festival, one can recharge his spiritual batteries in the wonderful sanga and go back to their home countries to preach with great vigor to distribute the mercy of Mayapur.
HH Lokanath swami narrated dramatically how , way back in 1972-73, 50 devotees attended the festival and it is considered as large gathering. Srila Prabhupada stressed that everyone should attend the festival, even though sometimes it is expensive to visit Mayapur. Maharaj has been continously attending the festival since 1973 till today, leading us in Parikrama.
HH Bhakti Charu Swami very lovingly recalled how HH Jayapataka Swami has been here in Mayapur since 1972 & been instrumental in developing Mayapur dhama and Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama.
HH Jayapataka Swami said that Mayapur is the spiritual united nations. How people from different countries , come togehter with one focus of hearing and chanting with devotees and perform Parikrama.
After the flag hoisting, prasada was distributed to all the devotees, thanks to our sponsor, Sri Manoj Kumar Mohan from Bangalore.
From today, we have started our FESTIVAL FREE PRASADAM. Today’s breakfast prasada is offered to all the devotees, on behalf of Smt. Vaidehi Mutyala, USA.
Another 10 days prasada are available to sponsor.