The appearance of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Monday March 9th, 2020.
Gaura Purnima celebrates the magnificent appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is none other than the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, who appeared 500 years ago to inaugurate the way to peace for this age – sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord.
Here are two videos of Rati Rasa Sindhu and her daughter, Radharani, on Gaura Purnima 2017:
Bansuri flute concert by Surabhi Kunja:
The Festival Program so far:
04:30 Mangala Arati
07:35 Guru Puja
08:00 Darsana of the Deities in Their new outfit
08:30 Caitanya-caritamrta class
10:00 Harinama in Liege
10:30 Kids harinama in Radhadesh
11:30 Kid’s abhiseka in the gurukula
15:00 Movie for kids in the gurukula
16:15 Drama by the kids (temple room)
16:30 Main abhiseka (temple room)
17:30 Bharat natyam dance by Rati Rasa Sindhu (temple room)
17:50 Gift ceremony (temple room)
18:10 Bansuri concert by Surabhi Kunja (temple room)
18:30 Chanting Siksastakam verses (temple room)
19:00 Gaura Arati with 108 preparations
19:30 Prasadam feast for all in honour of Caitanya Mahaprabhu
20.15 Evening bhajans
20:50 Last darsana
Who is He?
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared at Sridhama Mayapura, in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal, on the Phalguni Purnima evening in the year 1486 AD. His father, Jagannatha Mishra, a learned brahmana from the district of Sylhet, came to Navadvipa as a student. He lived on the banks of the Ganges with his wife Srimati Sacidevi, the daughter of Srila Nilambara Cakravarti, a great learned scholar of Navadvipa. Their youngest son, who was named Visvambhara, later became known as Nimai Pandita and then, after accepting the renounced order of life, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
His Mission – The Universal Religion
Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission was to preach the importance of chanting the holy names of the Lord in this age of Kali (quarrel). In this present age quarrels take place even over trifles, and therefore the ancient scriptures have recommended for this age a common platform for realisation, namely chanting the holy names of the Lord. People can hold meetings to glorify the Lord in their respective languages and with melodious songs, and if such performances are executed in an offenseless manner, it is certain that the participants will gradually attain spiritual perfection without having to undergo more rigorous methods. At such meetings everyone, the learned and the foolish, the rich and the poor, can all hear the transcendental sounds and thus cleanse the dust of material association from the mirror of the heart. To confirm the Lord’s mission, all the people of the world will accept the holy name of the Lord as the common platform for the universal religion of mankind.
The wonderful pastimes performed by Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the city of Navadvipa and in Jagannath Puri are recorded by His biographers. The early life of the Lord is most fascinatingly expressed by the author of Caitanya-bhagavata (by Sri Vrindavana Dasa Thakura), and as far as the teachings are concerned, they are most vividly explained in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (by Sri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami). Now they are available to the English-speaking public in our Teachings of Lord Caitanya.
The essence of His teachings is recorded in Caitanya Manjusha as follows:
Lord Sri Krishna, who appeared as the son of the King of Vraja (Nanda Maharaja), is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the incarnation of mercy for all and even the most wicked get His shelter. Vrindavana-dhama is non-different from the Lord and hence is as worshipable as the Lord. The highest form of transcendental worship of the Lord was exhibited by the damsels of Vrajabhumi. Srimad-Bhagavata Purana is the spotless literature for understanding the Lord. The ultimate goal of human life is to attain the stage of prema, or love of God. The Lord left only eight slokas of His instructions in writing, and they are known as the Siksastakam. All other literatures based on His teachings were extensively written by the Lord’s principal followers, the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana, and their followers.