P anihati Cida Dahi Festival is a sweet summer festival. Although Summer is not very welcome due to heat, yet summer festivals have a unique flavor in itself. This is the season of king of fruits- Mangoes, jack fruit, litchis … and Panihati festival is all about feasting on cooling yogurt, chipped rice and fruits!!
Sitting on the banks of Ganges, in the holy town of Panihati, 500 years ago, Sri Nityananda Prabhu inaugurated Chipped rice, yogurt, fruits feast festival , by showing mercy to Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami .
Cida Dahi festival is very special in Mayapur. Every year, devotees from Mayapur visit Panihati on this day to join the celebration & also gather in large numbers to honor Cida dahi feast on the banks of Ganges at Prabhupada ghat in Mayapur. Students of Sri Mayapur International School every year enthusiastically paint the pots, prepare varieties of cida dahi, enact dramas, sing bhajans and celebrate this festival. This year , with the current pandemic lock down situation, devotees in Mayapur are remorseful that they cannot personally take part in this joyful festival.
HH Jayapataka Swami’s presence in Mayapur for this year festival is making it special and this is a solace for devotees. Maharaja announced in yesterday’s facebook class on the Cida dahi festival 2020 plan in Mayapur. ( Given below is his message..).
Even though the devotees cannot come to temple for more than 2 months now, HH Jayapataka Swami would like to make an offering to Panca tattva and send Cida dahi prasada to community devotees. Therefore, Mayapur Festival Committee is soliciting kind donations from devotees worldwide so that we can reach Cida dahi prasad to over 5000 devotees in Mayapur.
“On the 4th of June apparently, this year they are having the Pānihāṭi utsava, and I normally would be either in Pānihāṭi or in Atlanta, New Pānihāṭi dhāma, but this year due to the lockdown, I will be in Māyāpur. So, we want to observe here, the ciḍā-dahi festival. So, this is an opportunity if any devotees want to sponsor part of this feast. This is very dear to Lord Nityānanda, and He was punishing Raghunātha dāsa, He said, “Your punishment is, feed Me and My associates a flat rice, yogurt, fruits, feast.” So, the Pānihāṭi utsava is also knows as the Danḍa-mahotsava. So, who wants to share the punishment of Raghunātha dāsa? You can participate in this festival! We know that the punishment of Lord Nityānanda is simply mercy. By receiving this so called, punishment, he got the prasāda of Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityānanda, and he achieved the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya. So, we are very glad to be offering this festival to the Pañca-tattva. But we don’t know how we will do it in the lockdown. We will try to obtain the flat rice and the yogurt, and after the Amphan cyclone we don’t know if there are any mangoes on the trees. But whatever mangoes, jackfruits and lichis and bananas are there, we will try to offer. So, if anyone wants to, they can see Mayapur.com and they can sponsor under Food for Life or Deity worship or something for the ciḍā-dadhi festival. Right now, we don’t have the option I think.”- HH Jayapatala Swami, 29 May 2020.
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