Contents: 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.
See Events Index below for more events from 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.
Prabhupada comes to South India
While in Vrindavana Narasingha Maharaja and Visnu Maharaja had darshan of some of the main temples and holy places in Vrindavana like Sri Madan Mohan temple, the Samadhi of Sri Sanatana Goswami, the Samadhi of Sri Rupa Goswami, the Samadhi of Sri Jiva Goswami and other such places of the Rupanuga-varga.
At Vrindavana Research Institute discussions were held with the head librarian, Sriman Gopal Ghosh, on the matter of various historical events in Gaudiya Vaishnava history and the original writings of Sri Rupa, Sanatana and Jiva Goswamis were examined.
Narasingha Maharaja and Visnu Maharaja met with Srila Paramadvaiti Maharaja at Vrinda Kunja and discussed preaching activities around the world and in Vrindavana.
At Agra, Narasingha Maharaja and Visnu Maharaja met with Dr. Omkar Nath Sharma (age 93) who in the time of Srila Prabhupada was the principal of the Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula in Vrindavana. Dr. Sharma was remembering Srila Prabhupada and all the devotees with great affection and reverence.
After returning to Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha in South India the murti of Srila Prabhupada was installed in the puspha-samadhi. An abhisheka ceremony was performed and Srila Prabhupada was bathed with milk, rose-water, and water from the sacred Kaveri river.
Kirtan was performed and Narasingha Maharaja gave a short lecture on Srila Prabhupada’s desire to spead Krsna consciousness in South India. A grand feast was offered to Sri Sri Radhika Madhava Sundara after which all the devotees honored mahaprasadam.
The installation of the murti of Srila Prabhupada in the puspa-samadhi was held on December 25th. Henceforth, in future years the devotees at Govindaji Gardens will celebrate December 25th as the day Srila Prabhupada came to South India.
This small temple town comes alive every evening for the colorful palanquin and ratha festival, where the Deity of Kartikeya is taken on procession around the temple and sometimes thru the town. This is perhaps one of the nicest temple festivals in India.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited this temple while on His tour of South India.
It is also noted that Kartikeya appeared in Caitanya-lila as the son of
Advaita Acarya and became one of the foremost leaders in the Sankirtan
The swamis and the gurukula boys also met the presiding sannyasi, Sri Vidyaprasanna Tirtha Swamiji, of the Subramanya Samput Narasingha temple and showed the swami the Devavision video promo. The entire Devavision video promo as well as short excerpts are available for download here.
On the evening of the last day of Karttika, a special puja was offered by Swami Vidyaprasanna Tirtha in the temple of Samput Narasingha to the Sri Laksmi-Narasingha Deity and also to Tulasi-devi.
nearby cave of Vasuki was also visited by the devotees. The cave complex
includes dioramas of Vasuki, Garuda and Kasyapa Muni, depicting the episode
from the Skanda Purana where the great sage Kasyapa Muni saved
the snake-king Vasuki from being killed by Garuda. For further details
and photos please see "Subramanya Tirtha" in the Pilgrimages
Every night lamps were lit around the temple, kirtana hall, samadhi and Govardhana Hill as devotees sang the Damdodarastakam and remembered the pastime of Lord Damodara being bound by Yasoda-devi.
Some devotees made
efforts to increase their japa during this month and others performed
vratas for the pleasure of the Lord.
On Deepavali (which coincidentally is also the actual day that Mother Yasoda bound Krsna), the devotees decorated the entire temple with lamps and let off fireworks.
Prabhupada's Tirobhava Celebration
At 9:00am everyone assembled in the kirtana hall to hear Srila Visnu Maharaja and Srila Narasingha Maharaja speak. Firstly, Srila Visnu Maharaja spoke on Srila Prabhupada's poem 'Adore Adore Ye All' and elucidated on the meaning. After Srila Narasingha Maharaja sang 'Srila Prabhupada Lila-smarana Mangala Stotram' and explained many details of Srila Prabhupada's pastimes.
At 2:00pm Srila Visnu Maharaja performed the arati to Srila Prabhupada and after the devotees offered puspanjali to Prabhupada's shoes, they sat down to honor prasadam.
The program continued again at 7:20pm (the time when Srila Prabhupada concluded his pastimes here and returned to the nitya-lila) with another arati. After, Srila Narasingha Maharaja led the devotees in singing 'Je Anilo Prema Dana' and then spoke on Srila Prabhupada's antya-lila (his final days in this world), as well as his own personal experiences in Srila Prabhupada's association
to Govindaji Gardens by Subhaga Svami Maharaja
Sripada Subhaga Maharaja resides in Sridhama Mayapura
and has translated many of Srila Prabhupada’s
English books into Bengali, as well as other works
such as Ananda Vrndavana Campu by Srila
Kavi Karnipura and Sri Krsna-bhajanamrta by
Srila Narahari Sarakara.
Just next to the large kitchen facility a new and spacious prasadam hall will also be built. Swami B. S. Madhava led the devotees in kirtan during the ceremony. A month later the kitchen construction nears completion with the addition of the roof.
Sridhar Swami visits
Divine Grace gave an enlivening Bhagavatam class, after which all
the devotees went to Melkote for darshan of Yoga-Narasinghadeva,
a Deity self-manifest from Salagrama Sila, worshipped by Prahlad Maharaja.
"My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas."
a complete tour of the ashrama goshalla, please visit
Puja Observance of Srila B. P. Puri Goswami
Celebrations and Babaji Initiation
Narasingha Maharaja led the devotees and the new member of the renounced
order in sankirtana to Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi-mandira
to get His Divine Grace’s blessings, then proceeded to the temple
of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava and Govardhana Hill. After, there was a short
lecture by Srila Narasingha Maharaja on varnasrama-dharma and
a fire-sacrifice. Another kirtana followed and after the noon
arati all the Vaisnavas honored the prasadam of Srimati
Narasingha Maharaja Vyasa-puja Celebration
After the adhivasa ritual, Bhakti Vijnana Giri Maharaja was requested to read a portion form Srila Puri Gosvami Maharaja's book Of Love and Separation, entitled The Meaning of Vyasa-puja. During the reading, Srila Narasingha Maharaja interjected and commented on various points on the guru-disciple relationship.
The offering of Srila Bhakti Bhavana Visnu Maharaja (who is presently in the USA) was read by Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja and then many of the assembled Vaisnavas spoke.
The program ended with guru-puja, puspanjali and a prasadam feast. More photos
The majority of devotees arrived the night before and participated in a nagara-sankirtana through the town of Srirangapatna, distributing prasadam to all the public.
Although accommodation was limited at the asrama, devotees had no complaints and happily underwent a few inconveniences, happily sharing rooms with one another. Sriman Nanda Kisora Dasa stayed up all night with a few devotees elaborately decorating the kirtana hall, temple and yajnasala and the next morning, all the devotees attended the mangalarati which was offered by Srila Narasingha Maharaja. After the morning program, everyone continued to decorate the asrama and at 8:00 am Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave a class on the advent of Sri Krsna. At the end of the class he also gave hari-nama initiation to Pradipa who became Prahlada Bhakta Dasa.
At 11:00 am Bhakti Vijnana Giri Maharaja, along with the asrama gurukula boys and some local Sri Vaisnava priests performed a Panca-sukta homa offering oblations of ghee, sacred herbs, sandalwood and tulasi-wood to Govinda, Gopinatha, Madana-mohana, Srimati Radharani, Lalita-devi and Visakha-devi.
At 2:30 am the Deities were serenaded by nagesvaram for an hour before the maha-abhiseka began. Srila Narasingha Maharaja performed the bathing ceremony of Lord Govindaji with panca-gavya, pancamrta and other auspicious items.
After the abhiseka was over, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda were brought to the palki and taken on procession around the temple accompanied by nagesvaram and hari-nama sankirtana. After three circuits around the temple, the Deities returned to the altar for the maha-arati wherein Srila Narasingha Maharaja offered eight large lamps to the Deities as Svami Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja led the sandhya-arati. Thousands of people then lined up to honor caranamrta from the abhiseka.
At 7:00 there was a cultural program held in the pandal where many classical Karnatik singers sang popular songs glorifying Sri Krsna. Throughout the whole night, people came to offer flowers, fruits, garlands and donations to Sri Sri Radha-Madhava and prasadam was distributed to more than 5,000 people.
At midnight Srila Narasingha Maharaja performed the arati heralding the auspicious time of Sri Krsna's appearance and afterwards, all the devotees honored the Lord's prasadam.
next morning was the appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Svami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada's puspa-samadhi was lavishly
decorated with flowers and around midday all the devotees gathered to
offer worship to His Divine Grace. Srila Narasingha Maharaja offered the
arati as Madhava Maharaja led the assembled Vaisnavas in singing
Sri Guru-carana-padma by Thakura Narottama Dasa. After the ceremony
Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave an inspiring class wherein he touched upon
many valid points of sri guru tattva. He also explained that
Sri Ramanuja was an avatara of Ananta-sesa and Sri Madhva was
an incarnation of Vayu, yet despite their divine qualifications they could
only propagate their message in a limited geographical area. Srila Prabhupada
however, spread Vaisnavism throughout the whole world and when asked who
he was, his reply was always, "I am the humble servant of my Guru
at Audarya Asrama and San Francisco Ratha-yatra
The San Francisco Ratha Yatra on Sunday concluded a three-day festival at the Mendocino asrama of Swami Tripurari where all these devotees attended, gave talks and engaged in wonderful kirtana and association. Many of the devotees stayed in tents, the asrama not having facilities for all, yet all seemed to not mind.
At the Ratha Yatra site golden brooms were offered to Tripurari Maharaja and Bhakti Vallabha Tirtha Maharaja to sweep the road before Lord Jagannatha. Agni Deva led the kirtan for Lord Jagannatha for almost all the Ratha Yatra procession (with Visnu Maharaja and the devotees from Narasingha Caitanya Matha right by his side the whole way). Tripurari Maharaja offered the aratika to Their Lordships Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra at the end on the festival site, Visnu Maharaja, Tripurari Maharaja, Agni Deva and all the devotees were invited by Rasaraja Dasa, the festival head, to continue kirtana on stage.
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.