Asrama Events 2005 [March-April]

Contents:Candana YatraGaura GadadharaBhaktisiddhanta Video Filming Mahaprabhu Appearance SivaratriBhaktisiddhanta Appearance Day

2005  [March-April]Filming for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta video, Gaura Purnima Festival, Maha-Sivaratri, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Appearance.  

See Events Index below for more events from 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 2000.

April 2005

Film Shooting Trip in Puri, Kolkata & Mayapura
On 4th March, H.H. Bhakti Vijnana Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa Brahmacari traveled to Jagannatha Puri, Kolkata and Sridhama Mayapura to film for the upcoming Devavision documentary on the life and precepts of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada.

Yoga PithaBhaktisiddhanta BirthplaceCataka Parvata KutiraVyasadeva & Madhvacarya

Jagannatha Puri
In Puri, Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala filmed at the birthplace of Srila Sarasvati Thakura and also at his bhajana-kutira at Purusottama Gaudiya Matha that is situated at Cataka-parvata. It is interesting to note that at this bhajana-kutira, Srila Sarasvati Thakura installed Deities of Vyasadeva and Madhvacarya.

They also went to Sri Brahma Gaudiya Matha at Alalanatha where they took darsana of Sri Sri Gauranga-Gopa-Gopinatha, the Deities installed by Sarasvati Thakura. The temple president, Sripad Bhakti Prasuna Sadhu Maharaja also allowed them to take see the room of Srila Sarasvati Thakura.

Sri Sri Gopa GopinathaJagannatha Puri TempleHaridasa Thakura Siddha BakulaSaraswata Gaudiya Asana

Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa filmed various holy places such as Jagannatha Temple, Siddha-bakula, Gambhira and Tota Gopinatha. They also took footage at several Gaudiya Mathas, one of which was the Sarasvata Gaudiya Asana established by Nitya-lila Pravista Srila Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Maharaja and Nitya-lila Pravista Srila Bhakti Viveka Bharati Maharaja. The devotees there, led by Sripad Bhakti Pranata Muni Maharaja. were very friendly and helpful.

The trip to Kolkata was especially important as Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa had the good fortune to meet and interview some of the last remaining disciples of Sarasvati Thakura. Firstly they met Srila Bhakti Kusuma Santa Maharaja at Sri Krsna Caitanya Gaudiya Matha. Srila Santa Maharaja joined the mission of Srila Sarasvati Thakura when he was just 11 years old after meeting Srila Bhakti Pramoda Puri Maharaja.

Santa MaharajaNitai DasaLatika DeviGovardhan Sila of Sakhi Carana

They also met Nitai Dasa Prabhu and Latika Devi, the son and daughter-in-law of Sripada Sakhi-carana Bhakti Vijaya, the famous disciple of Sarasvati Thakura who built the adbhuta-mandira at the birthplace of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They both shared their memories of Srila Sarasvati Thakura and his prominent disciples. Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa also took darsana of the Govardhana-sila that Srila Sarasvati Thakura had given to Sakhi-carana prabhu's family and the chair that Sarasvati Thakura used to use when he visited Sakhi-carana's house. Nitai Dasa Prabhu also showed Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa the original house at No. 1, Ultadanga Junction Road that Sarasvati Thakura rented in the early days of the Gaudiya Matha.

They also visited the house of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura at Rambagan and took darsana of the Kurma Salagrama that was worshipped by Srila Sarasvati Thakura when he was a boy. They also saw the Govardhana-sila given to Bhaktivinoda Thakura by Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji.

Chair BhaktisiddhantaUltadanga RoadKurma Sila of BhaktisiddhantaGovardhana Sila of BhaktivinodaBhakti Vallabha Tirtha Maharaja

Devotees at the Kolkata branch of Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Matha were very cooperative and helped in many ways. Giri Maharaja interviewed Sripad Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja who spoke about Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada and his relationship with Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja.

Sridhama Mayapura
At Sridhama Mayapura, Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa interviewed Sripad Bhakti Prajnana Yati Maharaja, president of Sri Caitanya Matha and the Yogapitha temple. Yati Maharaja was kind enough to allow them to film around the premises, including Bhakti Vijaya Bhavan, the house of Srila Sarasvati Thakura at Caitanya Matha and the samadhi mandira of of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada. Caitanya Matha was the headquarters of Srila Sarasvati Thakura.

Yoga PItha - Mahaprabhu BirthplaceBhakti Vijaya BhavanaSamadhi BhaktisiddhantaBhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaja

Several devotees were interviewed, such as Sripad Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaja (of VRNDA). Sripada Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayana Maharaja (of Gopinatha Gaudiya Matha), Sripad Bhakti Vedanta Parayataka Maharaja (of Devananda Gaudiya Matha) and Srila Bhakti Sarana Trivikrama Maharaja, who resides at Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Matha and is a direct disciple of Srila Sarasvati Thakura.

Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayana MaharajaParyataka MaharajaTrivikrama Maharaja

Giri Maharaja and Gaura-gopala Dasa also took footage of various holy sites such as Srivasa Angana and Svananda-sukhada Kunja (the house of Thakura Bhaktivinoda in Godrumadvipa), as well as shots of several Gaudiya Mathas and parikramas.

Svananda Sukhada KunjaGaudiya Matha Spires

The documentary of the life and precepts of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada is scheduled to be released on DVD during Karttika this year. This DevaVision Video production as well as previous DevaVision videos will be available from Mandala Publishing.

March 2005

Sri Gaura Purnima Maha-mahotsava
The divine appearance of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu was celebrated in a grand style at the asrama on the 25th of March.

Gaura Radha-Madhava

After mangala-arati, devotees profusely decorated all the temples with flower garlands while the pujaris performed the pujas to the Deities and offered elaborate srngara to Their Lordships.

Gaura GadadharaJagannatha

At 9:00 am there was darsana-arati followed by a wonderful palaki festival. Sri Sri Laksmi-Narasimha were carried round the temple complex six times to the accompaniment of Hari-nama sankirtana before returning to the temple of Yoga-Narasimha.

Palki - Laksmi NarasinghaLaksmi Narasingha

Palki FestivalPalki Festival

After a short break, Srila Narasingha Maharaja gave class on the topic of the Holy Name and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's advent. He then gave hari-nama initiation to twelve devotees and mantra-diksa to five devotees.

Swami Narasingha Initiation LectureDevotees for Initiating

Harinama InitiationGayatri Diksa Initiation

Gayatri Diksa InitiationGayatri Diksa Initiation

At 2:00 pm nagesvaram was played for the pleasure of the Deities and at 5:00 the Deity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was carried by Srila Narasingha Maharaja to the veranda of the Jagannatha temple for the maha-abhiseka, accompanied by kirtan led by H.H. Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja. The Lord was bathed in various substances and then returned to the altar for the bhoga offering.

Abhiseka KirtanAbhiseka Kirtan

During the sandhya-arati, H.H. Bhakti Srirupa Madhava Maharaja led an enthusiastic gathering of devotees and guests in the chanting of the Holy Name and after the jaya-dhvani, Srila Narasingha Maharaja and Srila Visnu Maharaja distributed prasadam sweets from the altar.

Sundara AratikaMahaprabhu Offering

Over 240 devotees and guests filled the prasadam hall to honor the prasadam of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu after taking darsana of the auspicious full moon that ushered in the year 520 Gaurabda.

The devotees of Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha observed Maha-Sivaratri by bathing Gopisvari Mahadeva in the Kaveri and offering an evening arati. A special prasadam offering to Sri Sri Radha Madhava was then offered to Gopisvara Mahadeva and was then honored by the devotees.

Gopisvara Mahadeva Kaveri SnanaGopisvara Mahadeva Gopisvara Aratika

Bhaktisiddhanta Appearance DayAvirbhava Mahotsava of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada
The holy appearance day of Jagad-guru Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was observed by the devotees on Tuesday 1st March.

After the devotees offered arati and puspanjali, Sripad Visnu Maharaja spoke about Srila Sarasvati Thakura from "Of Love and Separation" by Srila B. P. Puri Maharaja. Maharaja emphasized the exhaulted character and qualifications of many of the disciples of Srila Sarasvati Thakura, their great affection for their guru and his affection for them.

Giri Maharaja sang Srila Prabhupada Vandana and explained in detail the various precepts mentioned in the song, such as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's declaration of war on maya and his uncompromising preaching.

At midday a feast was offered to Srila Sarasvati Thakura consisting of banana-flower subji, paneer butter masala, puspanna rice, fried nima-flowers, fried bitter-melon, fried cauliflower subji, puris, sambar, fried mung-dal, tossed salad, sikharini (a drink made from yoghurt, milk, sugar, pepper, camphor and cardamom), sweet samosas, maple cheese cake, sweet rice, glazed puris, and lemon juice.


Events Index by year — from latest to earliest.


Karttika Vrndavana 2009Janmasthami 2009 at Govindaji GardensVyasa Puja 2009Radhasthami 2009 at Govindaji GardensSrila Prabhupada Vyasa PujaJanmasthami 2009 at MulkiJanmasthami 2009 at Govindaji Gardens

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



Caitanya KathaSrila Prabhupada Vyasa PujaSwami NarasinghaJanmasthami 2008Janmastham Mulkyi 2008

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.


Nrisimha CaturdasiCandana Yatra - Nrisimha

2008  [April - June] — Narasinghadeva's Appearance Day Festival, Candana Yatra


Gaura PurnimaGaura Purnima MulkySivaratriNityananda AppearanceSrila Prabhupada Tirobhava

2008  [January - March ] — Gaura Purnima at Govindaji Gardens, Gaura Purnima at Kaliya-Mardhana-Krsna Ashram, Sivaratri, Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance, Vasant Pancami



Srila Prabhupada TirobhavaRadha Damodar KarttikaChief Minister KarnatakaGovardhana PujaSridhara Maharaja AppearanceKartikka MasaSri Caitanya Philosophy

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


Radhasthami 2007Prabhupada Vyasa Puja 2007Vyasa Puja Swami BG NarasinghaJanmasthami 2007 - MadhavaRupa Goswami Samadhi  ReconstructionRupa Goswami Bhajana Kutira  Reconstruction

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.


Narasingadeva ChandanNarasingadeva ChandanRupa Goswami Samadhi ReconstructionMahaprabhu ItalyGaura Purnima

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.


Rupa Goswami Samadhi ReconstructionPrabhupada Radha DamodarPrabhupada Radha Damodar

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.


Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada AppearanceJayadvaita SwamiBB Bodhayana MaharajaNityananda TrayodasiDrdha Gandarvika WeddingVasant PancamiGuru Prasad Swami

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.




Bhaktisiddhanta PrabhupadaSrila PrabhupadaSrila PrabhupadaGuru Maharaja Sridhara Gosvami

2006  [October-December] — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Disappearace, Srila Prabhupada Disappearace, Govardhana Puja, Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Appearance.


Bhakti Promoda Puri GoswamiRadhasthami 2006Europe Swami NarasinghaSwami BG NarasinghaAC Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhupadaJanmasthami 2006

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.


Wedding Sri Gopal AnuradhaCandana Yatra

2006  [May-July] — Wedding of Sri Gopal Dasa and Anuradha Devi Dasi, Candana-yatra


Kaliya Mardhana Krsna Ashrama OpeningGaura PurnimaVasanta PancamiBhaktisiddhanta DVDKaliya Mardana KrsnaSwami Bodhayana

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.



Paramadvaiti MaharajaMatha DevoteesKarttika CandlesGovardhana PujaPrabhupada DisappearanceBhaktivinoda Appearance DayRadhasthami
Follow the Angels
In Search of the Ultimate Goal of LifePrabhupada Vyasa PujaSwami Narasinhga Vyasa PujaBhaktisiddhanta VideoBhaktisiddhanta VideoSridhara Maharaja BookJanmasthami 2005

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.  


Rathayatra JagannathaNarasingha JayantiCandana YatraGaura Gadadhara

2005  [May - July] — Jagannatha Ratha-yatra, Appearance of Lord Narasinghadeva, Candana-yatra, Appearance of Srila Gadadhara Pandita Gosvami.  


Bhaktisiddhanta Video FilmingMahaprabhu AppearanceSivaratriBhaktisiddhanta Appearance Day

2005  [March-April] — Filming for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta video, Gaura Purnima Festival, Maha-Sivaratri, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Appearance.


Nityananda TrayodasiVasant PancamiJagannatha InstallationGaura GadadharaGaura GadadharaHimalayan PilgrimageFollow Angels - Sridhara MjKrsna Kaliya AshramaKannada Songbook

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.



Bhaktisiddhanta Disappearance DayNarasingha Chaitanya Matha 10 Yr AnniversaryPuri Gosvami Disappearance DayGaurakisora Disappearance DayPrabhupada DisappearanceKarttika LampsGovardhana PujaGuru Maharaja Sridhara GosvamiVisnu Maharaja Appearance

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.

Puri Gosvami Appearance Day Evolution of Theism BookPrabhupada SannyasaBhaktivinoda Appearance DayRadhasthamiSvami NarasinghaPrabhupada Appearance Day Janmasthami

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.

Vijayashankar Member Parliament Dr NS Rajaram Narasingha Temple PaintingHimalayan Pilgrimage VideoDevavision Studio & Library

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.

Narasinghadeva Candan YatraNarasinghadeva CandanaCow GoshallaGaurapurnima MahaprabhuSalagrama HaraPrabhupada Samadhi Painting

2004 - 2   [March-April] — Narasingha Caturdasi, Candana Yatra, Deities of sannyasis, new Goshalla, Gaura Purnima, Salagrama-hara, Srila Prabhupada Samadhi painting.

SivaratriBhaktisiddhanta Appearance DayNityananda TrayodasiKirtan Hall PeacocksBV NarasinghaGuru Prasad SvamiVasant PancamiPrakrta-rasa Aranya ChediniKumbha Mela Video

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, Ramanujacarya’s 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.



2000  [Jan - Dec.] — Govardhana Hill to Manifest, Copper Plate Project, Installation of Radha-Damodara.

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