Asrama Events 2006 [August-December]
2006 [October-December] — Srila Prabhupada Disappearace, Govardhana Puja, Srila B.R. Sridhara Maharaja Appearance.
2006 [August-September] — Srila Bhakti Promoda Puri Gosvami Appearance, Radhasthami, Visiting Friends in Europe and the USA, 60th Appearance of Swami B. G. Narasingha, Vyasa Puja of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Janmasthami 2006.
See Events Index below for more events from 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.Disappearance Observance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada
The Tirobhava mahosatva (disappearance day celebration) of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada was celebrated by all the devotees present, by a half day fast, puspanjali (flower offerings to the spiritual masters' lotus feet), aratika and a very nice class, given by 2 resident svamis Srila BB Visnu Maharaja and Sripada BV Giri Maharaja. The talk highlighted the unique and distinct contributions of the most stalwart and original acarya in our sampradaya and the prominence he gave our line lives on through his disciples. As the absolute defender of the pure line of devotional service coming down from Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada we all owe him our eternal respect and worship. Fools try to minimize him for their own glorification ever since he appeared, yet his preaching endures today untouched by the many jealous detractors.
His position in the world of spiritual life in India during the early 1900s was emphasized and celebrated as being such a bold and unique personality, yet he always 100% preached the truth no matter what the cost or risk to his own person. He challenged all comers everytime. He defeated all the apasampradayas (bogus lines of devotional service) and fought with all who dared to stand in his way, sahajiyas, mayavadis and even the nationalists of the day, for his mission was urgent and unstoppable.
The feast afterwards was grand and sumptuous, and after a half day of fasting everyone was ready to relish the wonderful prasadam. 17 different preparations were offered; vegetable rice, puris & chapatis, cheese pakoras, tamarind chutney, chickpea subji, cauliflower and potato subji, raita (cucumber salad), - and 2 favorites of Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada - rasam (spicy tomato dahl) and fried mung dahl. Then, came the sweets.... gulab jamuns, lemon cake, carob cake, ginger cookies, sweet rice, cashew burfis and halava... all washed down with a ginger drink to aid our digestion! For those who partook deeply of this feast, much reflection on this extraordinary mercy was required, for some that meant a bit of a rest.
Prabhupada's Tirobhava Mahotsava
At 8:30 Srila Visnu Maharaja spoke on the various preaching activities and contributions of Srila Prabhupada.
Later in the morning, Srila Narasingha Maharaja led the devotees in singing 'Srila Prabhupada-lila Smarana-mangala Stotram' and spoke in length on some of the verses. In particular he explained about Srila Prabhupada's intimate relationship with Sri Krsna which is exemplified in his poem 'Markine Bhagavata-dharma' which he composed on the Jaladuta when he embarked on his preaching campaign.
Guru-puja and puspanjali were offered to Srila Prabhupada, and devotees honored maha-prasadam.
In the morning, bhajanas were sung in praise of Sri Vrndavana-dhama and Srila Visnu Maharaja spoke on the importance of the worship of Govardhana Hill in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya. Next, Giri Maharaja spoke on the holy appearance of Giriraja and the pastimes leading up to Krsna's lifting of Govardhana Hill.
Devotees then performed an abhiseka for the main Govardhana-sila with milk and rose-water.
After offering a variety of preparations to Giriraja, Go-puja was performed to a small calf. Devotees and guests then honored the prasadam of Sri Giriraja Govardhana.
Sridhara Deva Goswami Appearance
In the early morning after singing bhajanas, Srila Narasingha Maharaja began to read from a lecture of Srila Puri Maharaja wherein he narrates his life story. Srila Narasingha Maharaja also spoke at length about how even though the parsadas of the Lord are eternally liberated, they still consider themselves completely dependant upon the mercy of Sri Guru.
Next, Srila Visnu Maharaja read from an offering to Srila Puri Maharaja and spoke about the outstanding quality of humility that Srila Puri Maharaja showed as well as the many other good qualities exhibited by such great devotees.
Arjuna Dasa, a direct disciple of Srila Puri Maharaja, narrated some instructive incidents of his Gurudeva that stood out in his mind and shared his memories with the devotees.
At Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha, the devotees observed a wonderful festival commemorating Srimati Radharani's appearance on Friday September 1st. Srimati Radharani in known as 'Nilambari' (one who is clad in blue) and thus, Sri Sri Gaura-Radha-Madhava were dressed in beautiful blue clothes and gorgeously decorated with garlands, leaves and flowers.
After darsana-arati and bhajanas to Srimati Radharani, Srila Narasingha Maharaja spoke on how divine personalities appear on this world and narrated the lila of Srimati Radharani's appearance as the daughter of Maharaja Vrsabhanu and Kirtida-devi. He then spoke in length on the 64 arts and explained how Srimati Radharani is expert in all of these because of Her desire to please Sri Krsna.
Visiting Friends in Europe and the USA
Maharaja then went on to Germany, paying a visit to Sripada Paramadvaiti Maharaja and devotees in Berlin who were preparing for their Deity Installation of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. While in Germany, Maharaja visited Haladhara Prabhu’s farm in Northern Germany as well. Maharaja gave several classes while in Berlin, which will be made available online soon.
From Germany, Maharaja flew to America, where Jayadeva Prabhu and family hosted him in Vermont. During his stay, Maharaja met with various devotees there. Before returning to Europe, Maharaja made a short visit to Florida. On the 1st of August, Jayadeva Prabhu joined Srila Narasingha Maharaja and Madhava Maharaja as they went to Hungary for the European Vaisnava Mela. For the 11th conscecutive year, the devotees in Hungary have put together a wonderful gathering of devotees and this year Maharaja had the opportunity to attend the mela.
The programs were held at Nandaflalva, near Zeged, where Sripada Bhakti Abhaya Narayana Maharaja (disciple of Srila Prabhupada and Sannyasa disciple of Srila Sridhara Maharaja) established a wonderful Vaisnava farm community in the 1980s before his untimely departure from the material world in 1993.
Srila Narasingha Maharaja paid his heartfelt pranamas to his dear God-brother at the Samadhi Mandira and spoke of Sripada B.A. Narayana Maharaja’s wonderful service to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaja. Sripada B.A. Narayana Maharaja was a revolutionary preacher who went to great lengths to spread Krsna Consciousness throughout Eastern European countries during and after their communist rule. Maharaja gave classes there at the farm in the beautiful temple built by Sripada Paramadvaiti Maharaja (who is now acarya of the mission) and the disciples of Sripada B.A. Narayana Maharaja, Sripada Paramadvaiti Maharaja, Krsnananda Prabhu and H.H Bhakti Kamala Tirtha Maharaja (who is a disciple of Sripada B.A. Narayana Maharaja and has another farm project nearby)
Visiting Sripada Bhakti Kamala Tirtha Maharaja next, Srila Narasingha Maharaja and devotees spent some quality time with Tirtha Maharaja, discussing krsna-katha, taking prasadam and touring his new project. H.H. Tirtha Maharaja has a wonderful temple and land in an area called Swan Lake, which is approx 1.5 hrs drive from Nandafalva. Tirtha Maharaja continues to preach in universities, publish their Hungarian Magazine (Kagylokurt) and travels to other Eastern European countries regularly for preaching, following his Guru Maharaja’s direction.
From Hungary, Narasingha Maharaja and devotees went to Switzerland where they stayed for a week before returning to India for Janmastami and the Vyasa Puja festivals. The trip was meant to locate a suitable area to begin an asrama for Srila Narasingha Maharaja’s western preaching. While there, Maharaja and devotees spent time touring the country of Switzerland from corner to corner. With Krsna’s grace, that project should manifest within this next year! Maharaja will be back in Europe again for a longer stay this Winter/Spring.
60th Appearance Day Celebration of Srila Narasingha
The program began with bhajanas and the auspicious adhivasa-puja performed by B.V. Giri Maharaja and Nanda-kisora Dasa. Srila Narasingha Maharaja was then presented this years Vyasa Puja book (available on line soon). Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja then invited some of the devotees to read their offerings and in between Srila Narasingha Maharaja spoke some inspiring and encouraging words to the devotees.
After the offerings had been read, Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave initiations. First, he gave hari-nama diksa to Sridhara Dasa, and then gave gaura-mantra to Rupanuga Dasa Brahmacari.
Devotees offered puspanjali, garlands and gifts during the guru-puja and the program ended with a wonderful feast of 50 items offered to Sri Sri Gaura-Radha-Madhava.
Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja Celebrations
In the morning Srila Visnu Maharaja gave class on the qualities of the great devotees, emphasizing the qualities and accomplishments of Srila Prabhupada. Later in the morning, Srila Narasingha Maharaja led the devotees in singing the Srila Prabhupada lila-smarana Mangala Stotram and B.S. Madhava Maharaja read the translation. Then, Srila Narasingha Maharaja spoke on the 26 qualities of a devotee and elaborated on each of the qualities giving examples from Srila Prabhupada’s life, showing how His Divine Grace naturally had all these divine symptoms.
The program ended with arati, puspanjali and an amazing prasadam feast offered to Srila Prabhupada.
In the morning, after devotees had finished decorating the asrama with flower garlands, everyone took darsana of Sri Sri Gaura-Radha-Madhava who were dressed in a beautiful yellow and white dress and decorated profusely with garlands and flowers.
This years Janmastami festival was especially wonderful because Govindaji Gardens was graced with the divine presence of Kaliya-mardana Krsna, the presiding Deity of our asrama at Mulki.
Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave the morning class and explained how divine truth is surpressed by the cheating propensity. He also spoke on the difference between eternal Vaisnava dharma and kaitava-dharma (man-made cheating religions).
After the class the devotees sang bhajanas in glorification of Sri Krsna up until 3:00 pm when a traditional nagesvaram group played for the pleasure of the Deities.
At 5:30, Srila Narasingha Maharaja began the abhiseka ceremony and bathed the Deity of Kaliya-mardana Krsna. The Lord was offered puspanjali (flowers) and arati before being bathed in 50 auspicious substances.
The Lord was then dressed and brought to His palaki (palanquin) and taken around the temple accompanied by the devotees and guests and serenaded by nagesvaram, flute and the Holy Name of the Lord.
After being taken around the temple eight times, the Lord returned to the altar and was offered maha-arati.
About five-hundred kilograms of rice were cooked to feed the 9,000 guests throughout the day.
At 11:45 naivedya was offered to Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. Over 120 different preparations were offered to Their Lordships. Then the midnight arati was offered by Srila Narasingha Maharaja while devotees performed nama-sankirtana led by Sripada Madhava Maharaja. The whole program concluded with prasadam distribution at 12:30.
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.