A learned brāhmaṇa named Upendra Miśra, who resided in the district of Śrīhaṭṭa, was the father of Jagannātha Miśra, who came to Navadvīpa to study under the direction of Nīlāmbara Cakravartī and then settled there after marrying Nīlāmbara Cakravartī’s daughter, Śacīdevī. Śrī Śacīdevī gave birth to eight children, all daughters, who died one after another immediately after birth. After her ninth pregnancy she gave birth to a son, who was named Viśvarūpa.
Then, in 1407 Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), in the full-moon evening of the month of Phālguna, with the constellation of Siṁha (Leo) on the horizon, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared as the son of Śrī Śacīdevī and Jagannātha Miśra. After hearing of the birth of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, learned scholars and brāhmaṇas, bringing many gifts, came to see the newborn baby. Nīlāmbara Cakravartī, who was a great astrologer, immediately prepared a horoscope, and by astrological calculation he saw that the child was a great personality.
On Gaura-purnima devotees fast till moon rise. Anukalpa maha-prasada (ekadasi-prasada) is served after moonrise, while regular grain prasada is served on the next day, Jagannatha Misra’s festival which is starting a New Year for all Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
Yesterday being the eve of Gaura-purnima, adhivasa ceremony has been performed by the devotees to purify ourselves and get ready to worship and serve the Lord and welcome Him into our hearts! Right from the entrance of to the temple premises a tumultuous sounds vibrations of the Mahamantra by wonderful kirtaniyas could be heard from such a distance, it was a magical experience to be hold! The whole environment is been surcharged by the potency of the Holy names from all directions and in this way the evening swiftly slide out.
gaurāńga karuṇā koro dīna hīna jane
mosamo patita prabhu nāhi tribhūvane
dante tṛṇa dhari gaura ḍāki he tomāre
kṛpā kari eso āmār hṛdaya mandire
jadi dayā nā karibe patita dekhiyā
patita pāvana nāma kisera lāgiyā
paḍechi bhava tuphāne nāhika nistāra
śrī caraṇa taraṇī dāne dāse kara pāra
śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya prabhu dāser anudāsa
prārthanā karaye sadā narottama dāsa
Wishing you and the family a blissful and very colorful Gaura Purnima!