Asrama Events 2006 [January-April]
2006 [January-April] — Hare Krsna Ashrama Inauguration Festival (Mulki), Gaura Purnima Celebration, Vasant Pancami Observance, New DVD Film Biography of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Installation of Kaliya Mardana Krsna Deity, Visit by Sri Nandanandana, Guru Prasad Swami and Bodhayana Maharaja.
See Events Index below for more events from 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.
Krsna Ashram Inauguration Festival
Devotees and guests from Bangalore, Mandya, Mysore, Mangalore, Srirangapatna, Udupi, USA, Canada, Serbia, Italy, and South Africa, as well as local devotees from Mulki took part in the festivities.
The program began on Saturday evening [April 1, 2006] with a Hari-nama Sankirtana procession through the village of Mulki which visited some of the local temples and then returned to the ashram. Srila Narasingha Maharaja led the colorful Sankirtan of chanting the Names of the Lord Krsna. The Sankirtan party was met with great enthusiasm by the local people, many of whom joined in with the chanting. The Hari-nama Sankirtana was also broadcast on the local TV channel from Mangalore.
the festival a new Krsna conscious publication
in Kanada [the language of Karnataka] was released
and distributed to several hundred people by the Sankirtana party.
The book [written by Narasingha Maharaja] describes
in brief the miracles and teachings of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. When the procession returned to the asrama, arati was
held for the Deities of Kaliya-mardana Krsna, Vira
Narasimha, Giri Govardhana and Sri Salagrama.
Srila Narasingha Maharaja then gave a lecture on the topic of 'What is an Asrama?' He explained the importance of an asrama for those that wish to serve the Supreme Lord. He explained the meaning of the word 'ashrama' as 'a-shrama,' a place where no material work is performed. Maharaja explained that only selfless service to Lord Krsna should be performed in an asrama and that no one should come to live in an asrama for personal gain. Narasingha Maharaja also narrated some of the history of the land where the new asrama has been constructed — how it originally belonged to the Deity of Kaliya-mardana Krsna of the Madhva sampradaya and how it is now being re-claimed for Lord Krsna by the devotees of Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha and Govindaji Gardens.
The lecture was followed by a Vaisnava Homa performed by Swami B.V. Giri.
Narasingha Maharaja then led another wonderful kirtana at the ashrama and prasadam of Lord Krsna was then distributed to all the devotees and guests.
The beautiful Deity of Kaliya-mardana Krsna was recently brought to the new ashrama from Govindaji Gardens and will now remain at the new ashrama as the predominating Deity to be served by all the devotees and to bless the residents of the area.
Plans for the future of the ashrama include regular street Sankirtana, book distribution and the eventual construction of a temple building [adjacent to the ashrama] wherein a larger Deity of Kaliya-mardana Krsna will be installed and regular pujas will be conducted.
During their stay at the new asrama, many of the visiting devotees took the opportunity to bathe in the Sambhavi River which runs alongside of the ashrama and to also bathe in the ocean [Arabian Sea] which can be reached after crossing the river.
Devotees also visited some of the local temples, such as the Sri Krsna temple of Madvacarya at Udupi and the Sri Venkataramana Ugra-Narasimha temple in Mulki.
Sri Gaura-purnima Celebration
Throughout the week leading up to Gaura-purnima, there were readings every morning and evening from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Srila Sridhara Maharaja's 'Golden Volcano of Divine Love'. Devotees also chanted Srila Sridhara Maharaja's composition 'Prema-dhama-deva Stotram' every day.
The Gaura-purnima festival itself was attended by many devotees and guests from Bangalore, Mandya and Mysore as well as from Europe and the USA. The morning program began with a very inspiring class by Srila Narasingha Maharaja who spoke on the advent of Mahaprabhu and His primary and secondary purposes for appearing. [This class will be available online as an MP3 file for download shortly: Swami Narasingha MP3 Lectures]. He also compared mundane science and spiritual science explaining how the mundane scientists search for the 'anti-matter particle' has not born any fruit since most of them deny the element of consciousness and spirit.
Following his lecture Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave initiation to Madhumangala Dasa, Purusuttama Dasai, and Jahnavi Dev.
Throughout the day different groups of devotees sat in front of the Deities singing bhajanas and chanting verses and stotras in glorification of Mahaprabhu.
Towards the evening there was an abhiseka for the large Deity of Mahaprabhu. The Lord was bathed in a variety of substances and then dressed and decorated by the pujaris.
After the decoration, about 80 different bhoga preparations were offered to the Lord.
Then, when the full moon came into view at twilight, Srila Narasingha Maharaja offered the maha-arati as Sripada B.S. Madhava Maharaja led all the devotees in a wonderful kirtana.
All the devotees then gathered in the prasadam hall and happily honored a wonderful feast dedicated to Sri Caitanyadeva, celebrating His 521st appearance in the world.
Vasanta-pancami is also the appearance day of Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, Srila Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunandana Thakura and Gaura-sakti Srimati Visnupriya-devi, as well as the disappearance of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.
In the evening Srila B.B. Visnu Maharaja and B.V. Giri Maharaja both spoke on the lives of these great devotees and also explained the Spring pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.
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Installation of Sri Kaliya-mardana
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The main program was held in the afternoon and began with bhajans led by Govardhana Dasa and Kunjabihari Dasa. This was followed by a class by Srila BB Visnu Maharaja who spoke on the pastime of Krsna chastising the serpent Kaliya. Maharaja also explained how according to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Caitanya Siksamrta, the serpent Kaliya represents malice and wickedness. Devotees who desire to remove such an anartha from their hearts should hear this pastime of Sri Krsna.
At 6:30 the abhiseka began. Srila Narasingha Maharaja bathed Kaliya-mardana Krsna in milk and scented water as devotees performed nama-sankirtana. Srila Narasingha Maharaja then decorated the Deity with ornaments, garlands, tulasi and candana. After bhoga was offered to the Lord, arati was held and a feast was honored by about 130 guests and devotees.
Sri Kaliya-mardana Krsna will soon be taken to His new residence at our asrama in Mulki, near Udupi (where construction of the ashrama is now complete).
by Sri Nandanandana, Guru Prasad Swami
and Swami B B Bodhayana
A program was held at the center in Bangalore in the Diamond District. Swami B B Visnu introduced the devotees to the congregation and then Guru Prasad Swami spoke about his opening of temples in the early days in Mexico City, Panama etc. Swami B B Visnu spoke about some of his early preaching activities and the joining of Swami Madhava after running away from home at an early age to join the mission. Swami B B Bodhayana related his experiences in Russia, where to his amazement he met with great success. Sri Nandanandana spoke about his preaching in Northeast India, where he was requested to encourage the locals about their culture and Krsna consciousness so that they did not fall prey to the conversions of Christianity. Sri Nandanandana and Swami Visnu also visited Dr. N. S. Rajaram, a well known writer on Indian indology, archaeology and history.
2009 Karttika in Vrndavana - 2009, Bhagavad Gita Widget & Guardian of Devotion Widget, Radhastami & Vyasa Puja of Swami Narasingha - Kaliya-mardana Krsna Ashram - 2009, Radhastami & Vyasa Puja of Swami Narasingha - Govindaji Gardens Ashram - 2009, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Observance 2009, Janmastami – Mexico 2009, Janmastami – Govindaji Gardens 2009
2008 [August] — New Books Published, Appearance of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Appearance of Srila B.G. Narasingha Maharaja, Janmasthami Celebrations 2008: Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha and Kaliya-Mardhana Krsna Ashram.
2008 [April - June] — Narasinghadeva's Appearance Day Festival, Candana Yatra
2008 [January - March ] — Gaura Purnima at Govindaji Gardens, Gaura Purnima at Kaliya-Mardhana-Krsna Ashram, Sivaratri, Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, Vasant Pancami
2007 [October - December] — Srila Prabhupada Tirubhava , Karttika in Vrndavan at Radha Damodar, Chief Minister Visits , Govardhana Puja, Sridhara Maharaja Appearance, Kartikka Masa, The Philosophy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
2007 [June-September] — Radhasthami, Vyasa Puja Srila Prabhupada, Vyasa Puja Srila B.G. Narasingha Maharaja, Janmasthami 2007, Renovation of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's samadhi finished, Bhajan Kutira Renovation started.
2007 [March-May] — Sri Narasimha-caturdasi, Chandan Yatra, Srila Rupa Goswami Samadhi Reconstruction Progresses, Italy Center Opens [Srila Prabhupada Seva Ashram], Gaura Purnima observed at Govindaji Gardens.
2007 [February] — Srila Rupa Goswami Samadhi Reconstruction in Progress, Prabhupada Returns to his Rooms at Radha Damodara Temple, Bhumi Puja at Srila Rupa Goswami's Samadhi.
2007 [January] — Appearance of Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada, visit of Jayadvaita Swami, Visit by Sripada BB Bodhayana Maharaja, Appearance of Lord Nityananda, Marriage of Drdha Vrata and Gandarvika, Vasant Pancami, Visit of Guru Prasad Maharaja.
2006 [October-December] — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Disappearace, Srila Prabhupada Disappearace, Govardhana Puja, Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Appearance.
2006 [August-September] — Srila Bhakti Promoda Puri Gosvami Appearance, Radhasthami, Visiting Friends in Europe and the USA, 60th Appearance of Swami BG Narasingha, Vyasa Puja of Srila Prabhupada, Janmasthami 2006.
2006 [May-July] — Wedding of Sri Gopal Dasa and Anuradha Devi Dasi, Candana-yatra
2006 [January-April] — Hare Krsna Ashrama Inauguration Festival (Mulki), Gaura Purnima Celebration, Vasant Pancami Observance, New DVD Film Biography of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Installation of Kaliya Mardana Krsna Deity, Visit by Sri Nandanandana, Guru Prasad Swami and Swami B B Bodhayana.
2005 [August-Dec.] — Visit of Paramadvaiti Maharaja, Anniversary of Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Matha, Karttika, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada Disappearance, Appearance of Bhaktivinoda, Radhasthami, Reprinting of Follow the Angels and In Search of the Ultimate goal of Life, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja, Srila Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa Puja, New Video: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Biography: The Universal Teacher, New book by Srila Sridhara Maharaja entitled Encounters With Divinity, Sri Krsna Janmastami Mahotsava.
2005 [May - July] — Jagannatha Ratha-yatra, Appearance of Lord Narasinghadeva, Candana-yatra, Appearance of Srila Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami.
2005 [March-April] — Filming for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta video, Gaura Purnima Festival, Maha-Sivaratri, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Appearance.
2005 - 1 [Jan-Feb.] — Nityananda Trayodasi, Vasanta-pancami, Installation of Lord Jagannatha and Gaura-Gadadhara, Ashrama Publications & Videos, Kaliya-Mardana Krsna Asrama, Kannada Songbook Printed.
2004 [Nov. - Dec.] — Disappearance Bhaktisiddhanta, Ten Year Ashrama Anniversary, Disappearance Srila B P Puri Gosvami, Disappearance Gaurakisora, Disappearance Srila Prabhupada, Karttika Masa, Govardhana Puja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja Appearance, B B Visnu Appearance.
2004 - 4 [Sept. - Oct.] — Appearance Day of Srila B P Puri Gosvami, Evolution of Theism reprinted, Sannyasa of Srila Prabhupada, Appearance of Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Radhasthami, Srila B G Narasingha Appearance, Srila Prabhupada Appearance, Janmasthami.
2004 - 3 [April cont.-August] — Visit of Vijayashankar MP, Visit of Dr Rajaram, Painting of Narasinghadeva's temple, Himalayan Pilgrimage video, Library & Devavision Studio opening.
- 2 [March-April]
— Narasingha Caturdasi,
Candana Yatra, Deities of sannyasis, new Goshalla, Gaura
Purnima, Salagrama-hara, Srila Prabhupada Samadhi painting.
2004 - 1 [Jan-Feb.] — Sivaratri, Appearance Bhaktisiddhanta, Nityananda Trayodasi, Kirtan Hall Artistry, Visits of BV Narasingha & Guru Prasad Svami, Vasanta-pancami, Publication of Prakrta-rasa Aranya Chedini, Kumbha Mela on New Zealand TV.
2003 [Sept - Dec.] — Tirobhava of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Foundation of Library & Multimedia Studio, Yoga-Narasimha Tilaka, Video Darshan of Yoga-Narasingha, Installation of Sri Sri Laksmi-Narasingha, Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava, Karttika, Govardana Puja, Avirbhava of Srila BR Sridhara Deva Gosvami, Appearance of Srila BB Visnu Maharaja, Radhastami.
2003 - 1 [August] — Janmastami and Installation of Yoga-Narasingha, Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja, Vyasa Puja of Srila Narasingha Maharaja.
2003 - 2 [May-July] — Puri Ratha Yatra, Tumcur Science Program, Bhoga Narasingha and Yoga Narasingha, Narasingha Caturdasi, Candana Yatra.
2003 - 3 [Jan-April] — Gandaki Muktinatha, Gaura Purnima Festival, Varadaraja in Kondaggi, Laksmi-Narasimha in Javagal, Yoga-Narasimha in Belavadi, Mahabalipuram, Pakshi-tirtha, Vasanta-pancami, Wedding of Govardhana and Krsna-priya dd.
2002-2 [June - Dec.] — Srila Prabhupada Deity, Vrndavana Temples, Subramanya Tirtha, Karttika Masa, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava, Subhaga Svami visits, Kitchen Ground-breaking, Sridhar Swami visits, Goshalla Completed, Vyasa Puja of B. P. Puri Goswami, Radhastami and Babaji Initiation, Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa-puja, Janmastami, Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-puja, Audarya Asrama program and San Francisco Ratha-yatra.
2002 [Jan. - May] — Narasingha Jayanti in Vermont & Govindaji Gardens, Gosala Foundation, Pejavara Svami visits, Gaura Purnima in Vermont & Govindaji Gardens, Guru Prasad Swami Visits, Jayadvaita Maharaja visits.
2001 [July - Dec.] — Boston Program, Govardhana Puja, Srila Prabhupada Tirobhava, Govardhana Hill Manifests, Gurukula boys visit Nagamangala, Radha Damodara Moves to Vermont, Devavision Project Moves, Editing for Devavision Underway, Installation of Sri Sudarsana Cakra, Radhastami, Vyasa-puja Celebration of BG Narasingha Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja, Janmastami & Janmastami videos, Boston Program, West Coast Saranagati Tour.
2001 [Jan - June] — Cira-dahi Mahotsava, Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi, Calf born, Meeting with Asta-matha Swamis in Udupi, Candana-yatra, Narasingha Caturdasi, Ramanujacaryas Appearance, Gaura Purnima, Tripurari Maharaja visits, Tour to Subrahmanya, Halebid and Udupi, New Center and Deities in Bangalore, Sivaratri, Nityananda Avirbhava, Deity chamber decoration, New Calf, 2001 Kumbha Mela.