Gaura Purnima In Mayapur Dham
History of Kirtan Mela
Once, in a holy place in the forest of Naimisāranya, great sages headed by the sage Śaunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the satisfaction of the Lord and His devotees.
The great sages are always anxious to do good to the people in general, and as such the sages headed by Śaunaka and others assembled at this holy place of Naimisāranya with a program of performing a great and continuous chain of sacrificial ceremonies. Forgetful men do not know the right path for peace and prosperity. However, the sages know it well, and therefore for the good of all men they are always anxious to perform acts which may bring about peace in the world. They are sincere friends to all living entities, and at the risk of great personal inconvenience they are always engaged in the service of the Lord for the good of all people… … In this age, the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord is the prescribed method for waking up. The ways and means are most scientifically presented by Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and intelligent persons may take advantage of His teachings in order to bring about real peace and prosperity. - SB1.1.4-purport
In the same mood, modern sages, vaisnava followers of Srila Prabhupada gather for a akanda (non-stop) kirtan, in hope of bringing real peace and prosperity to the world having pleased the Lord by chanting his Names. Thousands of devotees committed to a minimum of 8 hours a day of chanting, thereby creating an atmosphere that is better felt than described. There are an additional 15,000 to 20,000 views on Mayapur.TV daily, often with over 1200 viewers at one time, many using the chat to express both their chanting and their joy. It was an ecstatic experience that keeps many awake transcending their respective time zones.
From an first initiative in Mayapur by HH Tamal Krishna Goswmai, followed year later by a Kirtan Mela in Germanyi, Kirtan Melas have been organized in different parts of the world, the largest being in Mayapur WB India, the World Kirtan Capital, the birth place of Sankirtan.
What happens at a Kirtan mela?
Special arrangements are made to facilitate the blossoming of our latent attachment to holy name mantra chanting. We are dealing with the most powerful weapon against illusion. Yearly the mela takes place in holy Mayapur about 3 weeks prior to Gaur Purnima as part of the festival. In Mayapur, all spiritual activities are enhanced thousands of times while offenses are overlooked. Expect miracles. Witnessing is encouraged but participation is a must for attainment of the desired goal.
Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama ki jay!
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An Appeal to the devotees of Lord Gauranga to protect & preserve holy sites of Sri Navadvipa Dhama Dear Devotees of Gauranga Mahaprabhu,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
We hope you have enjoyed this year’s Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama!
Thousands of devotees from all over the world have been participating in this Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama for the last twenty-five years. This year, we have eight thousand devotees in attendance. Navadvipa parikrama is an integral part of our Krishna Consciousness movement. Srila Prabhupada predicted that the Hare Krishna movement will continue for the next ten thousand years. With each passing year, more and more devotees are participating in the parikrama.
To facilitate the participation of ever increasing number of devotees in the parikrama, we have two problems to solve .These are urgent issues and cannot be set aside for the future. We need to immediately solve them.
Sriman Mahaprabhu performed unlimited pastimes in Navadvipa. Some of these places of pastimes have been revealed to us by our previous acaryas. However, several of these places are in the possession of non-devotees who do not understand their inherent spiritual value. As a result, they have been either selling these properties to developers or using the land for other non-devotional and sinful activities. We fear that if we do not protect and preserve these places, then many holy trees, ponds and other spiritual treasures will be lost and our future generation of devotees will not be able to access them. It is our duty to protect these holy sites for our future generations. With that as the goal, a trust in the name of “The Navadvipa Mandala Development Trust” has been established. Through this trust, we have been trying to acquire various holy sites which are in danger. The service of this trust is to protect and preserve the holy sites within Navadvipa Mandala.
For the convenience of devotees participating in Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama, we need to acquire large areas of land for night halts on different islands. We have land for use in Simantadvipa, Rtudvipa, and Koladvipa. With the help of the devotees last year, we bought a large area of land in Rtudvipa which was used during this year’s Parikrama. We hope to build permanent toilets, showers, sheds and night halt facilities at all essential places in due course of time.
To accomplish all of these, we require a lot of funds. At this moment, it is an urgent priority to request devotees if can invest their funds in this great cause. We humbly request each and every one of you to come forward and extend your helping hand. It can be a donation as much as you can afford. You can also encourage others to help in this project.
For more details, kindly contact us through email (given below).
Thank you for your kind consideration of this humble appeal.
Yours in the service of Navadvipa Dhama,
Gauranga Prema Swami
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri Sri Gaura Purnima Ki jay!!
The most auspicious of events, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance day is the Maha Mahotsava for ISKCON devotees around the world. What are we celebrating? We are dancing and chanting celebrating the appearance of the Karuna Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; the incarnation of mercy and compassion.
Kali Yuga is a hopeless age. The conditioned souls in Kali Yuga have no chance to find anything pure, anything worth to live for; they are confused and lost. So how to get the merciful glance of the Lord upon us? We should think ourselves lower than a grass, we should understand that we have nothing to offer to the Lord. No eloquent prayers, no willingness to do tapasya, no expertise in spiritual knowledge. Those who are getting the mercy of Lord Caitanya who is giving “Prema to anyone on the street”, they are crying loudly for His compassionate nature: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!