Krishna Himself Is The Embodiment Of Spring!

V asanta Panchami

The festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated on fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Magh Mas. This is the first day of spring in India (Northern Hemisphere). On this day one should celebrate the coming of spring to Vrndavana by offering Krishna many types of leaves and flowers, and fresh shoots of sprouting grasses. Things that symbolize life and new growth.

On this day Sri Mayapur community devotees decorates the altar of Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Pancha Tattva and Prahlad Narasimhadeva very beautifully with dozens sparkling yellow flowers of different variants ranging from Yellow Roses to Yellow Chandramalika flowers, and Yellow Orchids, to beautiful Yellow Marigold.

Yellow is also the colour of Spring, we can grasp the meaning as soon as the picture of the LORD comes to our mind. HE HIMSELF is the embodiment of Spring, from HIM everything (beauty, fertility, and happiness) springs … so yellow is the most suitable color of the LORD.

As the Spring season is known to be King of all the seasons, we can very nicely see the radiating beauty from Sri Radha Madhava and Their Asta Sakhi as They steal the hearts of many, glowing effulgently on Their magnificent yellow dress specially made for this day. Every year a new clothing is made for this occasion, the opulence of Their new clothing comes not from elaborate embroidery and shining stones but from the delicate beauty of fresh flowers. And are expertly fashioned into different matching jewelry. Their altar, completely covered with arrangements of flowers and creepers, appears as if it is the personification of the spring season. Even the gopis take on the hue of this season: Their white forms are colored with saffron until They glow golden. Amidst this array of vibrant yellow, Madhava’s dark form stands out like a jewel in a golden necklace.

This day is a very special day for Gaudiya Vaisnavas. It is the day of appearance of Vishnupriya devi, Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Sri Raghunandan Thakura, Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and disappearance day of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. In the morning, HH Bhakti Vighna Vinasa Narasimha swami gave a very beautiful Bhagavatam class, He spoke on the different activities of the today.

While speaking about Raghunandan, Maharaj mentioned a sweet Lila about Raghunandan thakur on how he Fed the Lord just by following the instruction given by his father Mukunda. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called Mukunda after this incident and asked Mukunda “now tell me, are you the father of Raghunanda or his son?” Mukunda replied saying I am the son of Raghunanda… Hearing this Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very pleased to hear this. “One who gives or brings Krishna into ones Life is considered to be a father”.

At Koladvip, Dhameswara Mahaprabhu temple, traditionally, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is dressed in Sari, in the mood of Vishnupriya devi and it is one of the special darshan at Koladvipa.

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