All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
By the grace of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, our beloved Guru Maharaja Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Goswami Maharaj, and all Vaisnavas this years’ Gaura Purnima Festival was a transcendentally wonderful eight day event in Sri Mayapur Dham, West Bengal.
In 1998 Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math started their annual Navadwip parikram. Since then they have not only maintained this Holy pilgrimage, but have also expanded and complimented by adding transcendental plays, dances, 24 hour kirtans, amazing temple decorations and generous servings of opulent prashad.
This year the parikram party increased from 1500 to over 2500 devotees. Bhaktas from around the world joined the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math to celebrate the anniversary of the glorious appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Who, 524 years ago, appeared in Sri Mayapur Dham to inaugurate the chanting of the holy name of the Lord and to save the fallen, conditioned souls from material bondage.
Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaja led a huge sankirtan party to auspicious places all over the nine islands of Navadwip. This year most of the classes were translated into English. By the mercy of Srila B.B. Bodhayan Maharaj all western devotees were able to catch a glimpse of the glories of Sri Mayapur Dham and The Golden Avatar.
On the 26th of February, in celebration of the disappearance day of Srila Madhavendra Puripad, the spiritual master of Iswara Puripada, and by the sincere desire of Srila B. Promode Puri Goswami Maharaj, Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math hosted the Visva Vaisnava Raja Sabha, the World Vaisnava Association Festival. The festival was a huge success with over 4,000 devotees in attendance, including more than 50 sanyasis and 100 bramhacaris. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Vallabha Tirtha Goswami, current President of the World Vaisnava Association, came to bless us with his divine presence and gave a short Hari Kata in English. Many other senior Vaishnavas were present and all gave transcendental lectures in Bengali which where translated into English by His Divine Grace Srila B.B. Bodhayan Maharaj.
The festival came to a close with a Maha Abhisheka of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and with a huge feast the next morning in remembrance of Jagannath Mishra’s (the father of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) blissful mood due to the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.