Sri Radhashtami Celebrations in Mayapur

September 22, 2007 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

BY SHYAMAGOPIKA DEVI DASI

September 21, MAYAPUR (FRI)
“If you want to see Yama duta or the messengers of death, don’t observe Radhashtami. If you wish to attain Krishna, try to do some service to please Radharani. Radhe…”with his powerful and giant Kartal HH Jayapataka Swami loudly calls Jay Radhe, devotees at Srimad Bhagavatham class wonders their fortune to have this mercy of Srimati Radharani, to engage in her services at Sri Mayapur dham.

Maharaja points out how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as combined form of Sri Radha and Krishna, was so merciful to deliver this process of loving devotional service. He urges everyone to take this process very seriously and make their vows on this day.Maharaja finishes his special Srimad Bhagavatham class on Sri Radharani inthe morning before Darshan Arthi.

Nitai Gaur Premanande!!.

Everyone rushes to get as close as possible to the altar but it is already packed. The “Jai Radha Madhava …” kirtan increases the ecstasy of everyone and the whole atmosphere is charged with vibrations. The pujari blew the conch. Count down starts at the hearts of everyone, 5,4,3,2,1…..Sri Sri Radha-Madahva Ki Jai!

Sri Madhava is dressed like a bumble bee and Radharani as flower, (an amazing outfit, all glories to the services of Keshavi mataji), an orchid extravaganza at the altar (thanks to Madhumati mataji, flower dept.) with a lot of colourful orchid and lotus garlands (what piety do these flowers performed to take this glorious place?) adorning Sri Radha and Madhava.
“Govindam Adi Purusam…” Devotees are driven by the magic of Darshan Arthi at Mayapur. Some shed tears of love, some look with folded hands, some forget to blink their eyes struck gazing at Radharani, devotees who decorated show sign of unlimited happiness as Radharani accepted their service, this mood prevailed through out the day at Mayapur, a mood to serve, surrender and rejoice. Vishaka Sakhi with more beautiful gopi dots says “hey, it is also my birthday”. All glories to Vishaka Sakhi!

Adhivas was performed in the evening before Radhashtami. HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami and HH Bhakti Siddhanta Swami offered all the auspicious items to Sri Radha-Madhava. Big banners of “Jai Sri Radhe” were put up and gorgeous lightings decorated the entire campus.

On the morning of Radhashtami, the temple hall was packed for Mangala Arthi darshan. Around 2000 devotees from various Namahattas took part in the Radhashtami festival. Special Bhagavatham class was given by HG Hari Sauri Prabhu, HH Jayapataka Swami and HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami. A market was set up in the temple with various gifts like fruits, grains, ornaments, flowers etc. Devotees lovingly offered their gifts to Radharani.

A colourful dance and drama on Vrishabanu celebrating the appearance of Radharani in Vraja with all his friends and relatives. The highlight of the program was the Maha Abhiseka. Please see the pictures, which will speak more than the words. After the abhiseka, bhoga offering, Pushpanjali and Maha Arthi took place.In the evening HG Narugopal Pr bathed the temple singing the Radhikastakam Prayers and Harinam, which extended upto 10.30 p.m.
“Vrindavaneswari Radhe Radhe!”
“Vrishabhanu Nandini Radhe Radhe!”
“Radha-Madhava Radhe Radhe!”
Fro sure, these lines will be lingering in our hearts of everyone forever!

Sri Radha rani Ki Jai!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada, for giving us this Mayapur temple, these wonderful festivals and chanting of the Holy names.

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