Asrama Events 2009
Index below for more events from 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005,
2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.
in Vrndavana — 2009
damodaratvam hi hares
tasman nrpatmaja sreyah
One should regularly recite the prayer called Damodarastakam, which was composed by Satyavrata, which attracts Lord Damodara, and which describes the worship of Lord Damodara. (Hari-bhakti-vilasa)
Of the seven most important temples in Vrndavana, the Sri Sri Radha-Damodara Temple is the one where literally thousands of devotees come daily for darsana, morning and evening during Karttika.
The shelter of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara that the devotees feel in their hearts is beautifully expressed in the following sloka composed by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada.
seva-kunja tara nama
Daily the song Damodarastakam was sung in the temple, usually more than once by regular devotees and visiting kirtana parties. Thousands of lamps were lit every morning and evening as well as new crowns and dresses, flower garlands, jewels, incense and other articles for worship were offered to the Deities. Enthusiastic devotees swept and cleaned the temple everyday and this gave rise to a certain sloka that has now been adopted as the temple motto:
During Karttika the following festival days saw significant numbers of devotees visiting the temple; B.R. Sridhara Deva Gosvami’s tirobhava, Divali, Annakuta/Govardhana-puja, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada’s tirobhava, Ekadasi and especially the last day of Karttika known as Maha-rasa/ Rasa-purnima. It was indeed an experience of a lifetime to see the throngs of devotees, especially on festival days, coming to Sri Sri Radha-Damodara temple.
One special event this year during Karttika was the completion of the kirtana hall in front of the samadhi and bhajana-kutira of Sri Rupa Gosvamipada. The hall was completed in the second week of Karttika after five months of hectic construction.
Although two weeks behind schedule, when it was finally opened it was welcomed by the numerous kirtana parties that come to pay their humble respects to Sri Rupa. The hall is very beautiful and was greatly appreciated by everyone.
Well, at first not everyone actually appreciated the new construction because it came as somewhat of a shock. After a lifetime of seeing Rupa Goswami’s samadhi just standing alone in the greater courtyard of the temple, the new addition required an adjustment for some visitors. But the vast majority of devotees certainly did appreciate the addition and many commented how the kirtana hall was a great service to the acaryas of our parampara and to the followers of Rupa Gosvami.
It was very warming to the heart to see devotees enter the new kirtana hall and realize that they could now sit down and spend some quality time in front of Rupa Gosvami without the fear of being attacked by monkeys (a serious problem in the past), or being disturbed by sun, rain, heat, cold or mosquitoes. Many devotees took advantage of this new environment and spent hours everyday chanting in front of the samadhi of Sri Rupa.
At the beginning of Karttika month, Svami Giri and a group of fired up brahmacaris made the finishing touches by completing the painting of the new kirtana hall and Jayadeva Prabhu managed the hanging of 16 beautifully framed pictures of gaura-lila and krsna-lila.
This year also saw a classic black and white marble floor installed in the main darsana hall of the temple that matches the floor in front of the samadhi and bhajana-kutira. Other improvements have also been planned for the near future. First on the list is the renovation of the temple gate and the reception area. A proposed list and a method to donate for projects of the Srila Rupa Goswami Samadhi Garden Renovation is available at this link.
When all the details of finishing the construct of the new kirtana hall were complete and other devotees had arrived from Bangalore, Govindaji Gardens, Kaliya-mardana Krsna Asrama, Mysore, Mandya and Brazil, Sri Narasingha Deva Gosai began daily morning kirtana and hari-katha that usually went from 7:30 to 10:00. Many interesting topics were covered in those discourses, of which several became the topics for Krsna Talk essays.
Devotees from Russia and Czech Republic also attended the morning hari-katha and all the devotees became very enlivened. Sripada Visnu Maharaja preached to many of the visiting devotees and answered their many questions. Diwali was observed with the lighting of many lamps and also with lots of fireworks.
Govardhana-puja was observed in grand style at the Sri Sri Radha-damodar Mandir, ending with the ditribution of the mercy of Govardhan to all in the form of prasadam.
Srirupa Maharaja led parikrama in the evenings with sankirtana to the main temples of Vrndavana. Also a large party of devotees went to Govardhana Hill, Radha-kunda/Syama-kunda and a prasadam picnic was held at Kusuma-sarovara. The devotees also visited the Harideva temple and walked thru the forests at the far end of Govardhana, past Govinda-kunda.
Devotees served everyday in Srila Prabhupada’s bhajana-kutira and many books were distributed to the visitors who came for darsana of His Divine Grace. On the day of Srila Prabhupada's tirubhava, his murti was brought out on the verdanda so that all the guests and pilgrims could worship Srila Prabhupada.
In the temple of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara there were daily kirtanas and all the devotees circumambulated the temple four times with harinama-sankirtana. The month of Karttika was a great experience for all the devotees attending, and for those who stayed and had the opportunity to do devotional service at Sri Sri Radha-Damodara temple, the month of Karttika was transcendentally all-auspicious and supremely perfect.
Our readers can visit the following websites if they wish to be regularly informed about the projects and progress being made at Sri Sri Radha-Damodara temple in Vrndavana:
Click for previous events from 2009 [January - October 2009]
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.