Bhagavad-gita Yajna

Govindaji Gardens
Oct 16 2011 - Event

During the auspicious month of Karttika, on October 15th, Sripada Giri Maharaja and the asrama devotees organized a Bhagavad-gita yajna on the occasion of inaugurating Srila Narasingha Maharaja's new Bhagavad-gita. The program was held in Mandya opposite the Laksmi-Venkatesvara Temple in Hosahalli.

The program began with Giri Maharaja offering puja to the Bhagavad-gita and giving a short talk on the importance of studying the Gita. Sankalpa and Nyasa was recited and Gaura-Gopala Dasa Brahmacari, who acted as hotr, lit the fire and offered worship to Agni.

Caitanya Dasa Adhikari and Sri Gopala Dasa Adhikari recited the entire Bhagavad-gita from 5:30 till 8:00 PM.

There were about 50 yajamanas (sponsors) offering grains in the fire and about 450 spectators.

After the Gita was finished, the Gita-mahatmya was recited by Caitanya Dasa and Sri Gopala.

When the final offering (purnahuti) was about to begin, many people came forward to give the priests items such as coconuts, fruits, cloth, grains etc. to offer into the fire.

The program ended with sankirtana and a short talk by Giri Maharaja explaining how the greatest and most effective yajna in Kali-yuga is sankirtana-yajna which was inaugurated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita ki jaya!
Sankirtana-yajna ki jaya!

Preparing for the Yajna
Puja to Bhagavad-gita
Srimad Bhagavad-gita
Caitanya Prabhu Showing How to Perform Acamana
Agni Sthapana
Agni Avahana (Invoking Agni)
The Yajna Begins
Offering Ahutis into the Sacred Fire
Giri Maharaja and Adhvaryu's in Front of the Fire
Gaura Gopala Offering Ghee into the Fire
Giri Maharaja Chanting
Rasikananda Throwing Grains into the Fire
Giri Maharaja
The Yajna Continues into the Evening
Yajamanas Offering Grains
A View of the Ceremony at Night
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