Dear Devotees and Well-Wishers,
All glories to Sri Brahman Madhva Gaudiya Saraswat Sampradaya (lineage). All glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Swaraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, and my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.
I would like to share my concern about the upcoming Gaura-Purnima festival with you. During the festival we will be hosting mostly economically poor but spiritually sincere devotees. For the most part, these devotees are unable to afford the cost of their food and lodging during the ten days (February 25th to March 6th, 2015) of the festival. This year the program adds a special Nagar Samkirtan program at Kolkata on March 8th(more information at the end of letter). We are expecting even more devotees than last year, an average approximately 2,500 devotees each day. We are therefore also expecting an increase in the quantity of bhoga/ingredients that will be required for the duration of the Gaura-Purnima festival.
The price of all ingredients has increased significantly, more than anticipated, and therefore we are humbly begging for your help (financially, physically, and mentally) in order to maintain the festival as we have maintained it over the last few years. I hope you do not hesitate to become involved, and will help us to collect ingredients or donate financially towards the purchase of ingredients in order to serve the Vaisnavas who will attend the Gaura-Purnima festival this February, 2015.
This year an average of 2,500 devotees will gather daily to participate in Navadwipdham Parikrama and the Gaura-Purnima festival activities under the guidance of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.
In order to cater to an average of 2,500 devotees daily, offering them Prasad three times each day, and for other arrangements for the festival, the following items will be needed
|Description||Indian Rupee||USD (52R/$)|
|Deity’s outfits:||INR 70 000.00||$1166.66|
|Flower decoration and Deities’ garlands for festival period (10-days)||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Pandal and lighting for the entire festival||INR 130 000.00||$2166.66|
|Miscellaneous expenses for preparing prasadam for 2500 devotees (Remuneration of cooks and assistants)||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Rice (5,000 kilograms @Rs.40 per kilogram)||INR 200 000.00||$3300.00|
|Dal (1,200 kilograms @ Rs. 100 per kilogram)||INR 120 000.00||$2000.00|
|Potato (7,000 kilograms @ Rs. 15 per Kilogram)||INR 105 000.00||$1750.00|
|Wheat flour (500 kilograms @Rs.30 per Kilogram)||INR 15 000.00||$250.00|
|Paneer (5kg x10days plus 130kg Festival) Rs. 220 per kg||INR 39 600.00||$660.00|
|Milk (10 litre x 10 days plus 130 litre festival) Rs.40 per litre||INR 9 200.00||$153.33|
|Dahi Yogurt (3kgx10days plus 300kg festival)Rs. 125 per kg||INR 41 250.00||$687.50|
|Rasgulla (100x10days plus 6000 pieces for festival) Rs. 6each||INR 42 000.00||$700.00|
|Vegetable Oils (500 kilograms@ Rs.115 per Kilogram)||INR 57 500.00||$958.33|
|Ghee (clarified butter) 60 kilograms @Rs.400 per Kilogram||INR 24 000.00||$400.00|
|Spices (salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger etc.)||INR 85 000.00||$1416.66|
|Vegetables (cabbage, pumpkin, tomato, spinach, others)||INR 110 000.00||$1833.33|
|Fruits for every days and Ekadasi& Gaur-Purnima’s day||INR 90 000.00||$1500.00|
|Mahaprabhu’s bathing ceremony (Mahabhisekh); RajBhog after Mahabhisekh||INR 25,000.00||$416.66|
|Sannyasa cloth Rs.300 x80||INR 24 000.00||$400.00|
|Sannyasa Donation Rs. 101 x 80||INR 8 080.00||$134.66|
|Brahmacari Dhoti Rs.330x 250||INR 82,500.00||$1375.00|
|Brahmacari Donation Rs.51x 250||INR 12,750.00||$212.50|
|Bengali (1000 pieces), Hindi (500 pieces) Magazine 1500 copies @ Rs.35||INR 52,000.00||$866.66|
|Fuel (Fire wood @ Rs.7.50kg for 20,000 Kg.)||INR 150,000.00||$2500.00|
|Total for the festival||INR 1672 830.00
Please let us know of your financial capacity to help with this Gaura-Purnima festival as you will have the opportunity to serve many Vaisnavas, for Krishna’s pleasure. Your spiritual life will surely blossom by the blessings of the Vaisnavas.
This year we, the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Saraswata Sampradaya’s members from all branches (temples), together will manifest a united Nagar Samkirtan on the 8th of March at Kolkata. This Nagar Samkirtan will start at 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. from Gaurimata Udyan (Rajballavpara) to Sahid Minar (Dharmatala). All glories to the Sankirtan Movement.
When using the Pay Pal link please select Gift.
Even a dollar will help.
Or directly deposit into any of the following accounts:
1) Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math Indian Account
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math. Post Office : Sri-Mayapur; District : Nadia (West Bengal);
Pin code- 741313; India.
SWIFT CODE: IOBAINBB001
Account Number: A/C. SB 21547
INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
195/4, Rash Behari Avenue
KOLKATA. – 700019
BRANCH CODE: 013
2) US Bank Account
( This bank accepts only US Dollars)
Name: Asim Kumar Sau (Bodhayan Maharaj’s legal name)
Account # 01820-02328
Routing # 121000358
Bank of America
San Rafael Main Branch
1000 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA
3) Canadian Bank Account
Name: Association TerraNation
(Bodhayan Maharaj’s association in Canada)
Account #: 05-65636
Routing #: 00696010
275 Main Street, Box 394
J6A 2S2, Canada
Thank you for your support!