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In honor of the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, Radhadesh has launched the Pada Sevaka project, on Gaurpurnima 2016. This is a unique project. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath offer you the opportunity to offer an arati (altar service), on your birthday, for the rest of your life.
You can also give this gift to your family, friends and acquaintances. And on his/her birthday or any other special day, offer an arati in their name.
Sponsor an arati, and thus the arati will be sacrificed on your behalf. Or on behalf of the person you want to give the gift of the arati.
This way, everyone can get the mercy of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Sri Sri Jaganatha, Baladeva, Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.
Sponsoring can be done if you want:
- to acquire extra blessings for your child
- to honor your parents or grandparents: like an arati on their birthday.
- to get extra blessings for yourself maybe on your wedding anniversary
- to get protection from the Lord on a special day for you or your dear ones,
Especially for your parents, sponsoring an arati can be a very powerful and sweet gift from you to your parents.
Availability and Opportunity
You can now book any day, because the project has just started. Please take this unique opportunity for seva, devotional service, by sponsoring an arati on your birthday, anniversary or any other special day. Or the birthday of one of your loved ones. Or in memory of someone.
€ 61 per year: Raja Bhoga (lunch) – 12:30
€ 31 per year: Mangala arati – 04:30
€ 31 per year: Gaura arati – 19:00
Or € 108 per year for all aratis per day, for example on your or your family’s birthday.
We will keep a calendar on this page to track which arati and dates are still available. Availability on a first come, first served basis.
The blessings of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath are very powerful. Just ask the devotees of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, and you will hear how special Sri Sri Radha Gopinath are. Become a Pada-sevaka, servant of the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha. This way you can easily serve the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath.
The Pada Seva, dedicated service to the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath is unlimited. You can now sponsor Arati ‘s on this page. Other pages on Radhadesh.com are there to support Radhadesh in many ways. Visit the page about Opening times of the Temple and Aratis where there are many options to support Radhadesh like the Radhadesh Cows Program and many other Programs.
For more information please visit Support Radhadesh.
Arati, is a sanskrit word, and comes from aratrika, and means that which removes ratri, or darkness. It refers to the altar service of offering a lamp to the Lord.
It’s an offering of the five elements to the Lord. It always starts with the blowing of the Sankha, or conch shell. This symbolizes the element of sound, or ether.
The incense, symbolises the air element (some say this symbolises the purified state of mind). Then holy ghee wicks, fire, then water, sacrificed in a shell.
Then a piece of clothing, and a flower; offering the aroma of the earth.
In the summer the Lord is given coolness by waving with peacock feathers (some say this also symbolises air), and finally with a yak tail, to remove all the bad things, like flies (some say this symbolises also ether).
Intelligence is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings. Thus, one’s entire existence and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the Lord via the arati ceremony.