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Today’s Lord Sri Narsimha Dev Abhishek Darshan

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Nrsimha Chaturdashi on 9th May Tuesday

 

Hare Krishna

We had a wonderful Nrsimha Chaturdashi festival celebration

In the morning at 8.40 AM we had Srimad Bhagavatam class by HG Sarvabhauma Pr

At 5.45 PM we had a wonderful Drama at ISKCON NVCC temple hall tilted “He is Coming”

At 6.30 PM there was Abhishek of Lord Nrsimha 

And at 7.30 PM we had the festival Lecture by HG Sarvabhauma Pr followed by ecstatic dancing Kirtans.

Sri Nrisimha Dev ki Jai.

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4th Anniversary of ISKCON NVCC Pune

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On 23rd Feb 2017 we will be celebrating the 4th anniversary of the inauguration of our temple at Katraj (Pune).
4 years ago the temple was inaugurated by the hands of Honorable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Ever since then there has been a tremendous growth in the services offered by this Cultural Centre to the society at large.
A brief report of the progress of all the activities in the temple will also be submitted to the Deities as a part of the day long celebrations which include Dramas, dance performances and discourses by special guests, all for the pleasure of their Lordships.
Special attraction: Srila Prabhupada will be personally visiting all the departments in the temple on his flower palanquin, an event which occurs only on this particular day.
So please don’t miss it and join us to increase the joy of their Lordships.

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Tomorrow is Varaha Dvadashi 08-02-2017

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Varahadeva is the boar incarnation Sri Krsna. He assumed the form of a boar to lift the drowning planet earth from the Garbhodaka Ocean with His tusks.

The demon Hiryanyaksa had thrown the planet earth into this ocean, but the Lord stabbed the demon with His tusks and saved the earth. After describing the appearance of the white Boar Incarnation that had appeared during the Svayambhuva devastation, Maitreya next described the red Boar Incarnation that had appeared during the Chakshusha devastation. Maitreya related these pastimes to Vidura in the same manner in which he had heard them long ago when Lord Brahma had narrated them to the demigods.

ISKCON 5oth Anniversary Celebration

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A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on the corner of New York’s 2nd Avenue shortly after he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966.

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ISKCON is gearing up for its 50th anniversary, with plans for celebratory events all over the world throughout 2016.

It all began, of course, in 1965, when A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was 69 years old.

Leaving his home in Vrindavana, India, he travelled to New York city aboard a cargo steamship to introduce “India’s message of peace and goodwill” to the Western world.

After surviving two heart-attacks, he arrived in the US with just seven dollars and a case of books to his name. The early days were a struggle, but his deep faith and his spiritual message resonated with some young people, who came forward to become his students.

On July 11, 1966, Srila Prabhupada officially registered his International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York. At the time, he had one small storefront on New York’s Lower East-Side, and a handful of students.

Today, there are nearly four hundred ISKCON centers all over the world, and thousands of ISKCON devotees.

ISKCON is behind some prestigious educational institutions, such as Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium. ISKCON charities such as Food for Life and ISKCON Food Relief Foundation have fed millions of needy and starving people all over the world.

Many highly influential people are now ISKCON devotees, and ISKCON itself is well-respected by governments of some countries. In the UK, for instance, ISKCON devotees have addressed Parliament and been invited to perform the puja at No. 10 Downing Street’s official Diwali event.

Shri Shri Jagannatha Rathayatra 2016

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When the multi-colored mammoth chariot of Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra will roll through the roads of Pune, its sheer majesty and beauty will at once stun and charm the hearts of the deluge of Puneites gathered to witness the grandeur plus extravaganza of Lord’s sweet and historic stroll. For the first time, after the stupendous installation ceremony way back in Feb 2013, the all merciful Lordships will set out in a castle like chariot to bestow their sidelong glances on on-lookers to inundate their lives with divine love and joy. We heartily invite you all to become a participant in this memorable journey and thus be blessed with an opportunity to pull the ropes of Lord’s Rath.

Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Subhdra Devi will be enthroned on the magnificent chariot reverentially. Rath Yatra would be inaugurated by performing Maha Arati and by sweeping the road with gold plated broom. With loud chants of Jay Jagannath, the huge ropes which are tied to the chariots will be pulled. The chariot would then roll through the streets wherein Thousands of people would be waiting en route to welcome the Lord and pull the rope; many witnessing the mega procession from their roof tops. Throughout the journey, the melodious kirtan of Hare Krishna Mahamantra accompanied with mrindanga and kartal (cymbals) will keep everyone enthused. People will chant, sing and dance together for the pleasure of Lord Jagannath. Prasadam will be freely distributed in large quantities. It is one of the biggest display of universal brotherhood under the banner of Lord Jagannath.

SRI SRI RADHA VRINDAVANCHANDRA TEMPLE OPENING’S 3rd Anniversary

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ISKCON New Vedic Cultural Centre will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary festival of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra temple opening on forthcoming 23rd February. The festivities will start the day before with Adhivas (Preparing for the festival) ceremony. We heartily welcome anyone and everyone to be a part of joyous celebration and feast upon the rare fortune of witnessing the purifying Yagya, melodious Kirtans, enlightening Discourse and most certainly, sumptuous prasadam.

 

 

 

Gaura Purnima Mahamahotsav

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Lord Chaitanya, the golden avatara, is none other than the Supreme Lord Krishna, who appeared on the full moon evening in the month of Phalguna. He inaugrated the yuga dharma for this age – Hari-Nama Sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the God. His apperance day is celebrated all over the universe as Gaur Purnima Mahamahotsava, the day when Shyamsundar (Lord Krishna) appeared as Gaursundar (Lord Chaitanya).

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Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur writes in his Chaitanya-Bhagavata “These two days (Nityanada Trayodasi & Phalgun Purnima) are most auspicious because all favorable planetary conjunctions are present on these days. Therefore whoever observes these two days attains devotion to Lord Krishna and freedom from the bondage to ignorance. (CB, Adi-khanda, 3.45-47).

In his Chaitanya Chandramrita, Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati glorifies the advent of Lord Chaitanya in following words – “The advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is like an expanding ocean of nectar. One who does not collect the valuable jewels within that ocean is certainly the poorest of the poor.” He further describes the beautiful form of Lord – “O Lord Chaitanya chandra, Your form is full of blissful pastimes, Your beautiful complexion is as splendid as gold, and You give the nectar of pure love for Krishna in charity. O Lord, again and again I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.”

We are celebrating this holiest of all holy ocassions on 5th Mar and would like to extend a warm invitation to one and all to be a part of grand festivities filled with fasting, abhishek, kirtan, katha & feasting. The schedule of events is enlisted below:

March 4th, 2015 (Wednesday) Adhivas Ceremony @ 7:30PM at NVCC – Kirtans by HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj

March 5th, 2015 (Thursday) Gaur Poornima festival.

Morning – Gaur Katha at 8:30 AM by HH Loknath Swami Maharaj at NVCC. Evening – Abhishek @ 6:30PM; Lecture @ 7:30 PM & Prasadam @ 8:30PM in both temples

SRI SRIMAD JAGANNATHA DAS BABAJI MAHARAJA’S DISAPPEARANCE DAY

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Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja appeared in this world sometime around 1750 A.D. in a remote village in the subdivision of Tangail, in the district of Mayaman Singh, in what is now known as Bangladesh. He belonged to a very aristocratic family. The Gaudiya Vedantacarya Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana’s initiated disciple was Uddhava dasa Babaji, and his initiated disciple was Madhusudana dasa Babaji, and Jagannätha dasa Babaji accepted Babaji initiation from Madhusudana dasa Babaji Maharaja. According to the Gaudiya-vaisnava-jivana, the diksa-guru of Jagannatha dasa Babaji was Jagadananda Gosvami of Sringarvat, Vrindavana, whose vesha-guru was Krishna dasa Babaji of Govardhana fame.

Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s life and soul was the chanting of the Holy Name and rendering service to Vaisnavas. Although he was almost bent double in his old age, still, during the time of kértana, his body would expand to well over six feet, and his appearance would replicate the dancing figure of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. His favorite disciple was Bhagavat dasa Babaji, who had accepted Babaji initiation from him. Gaura- kisora dasa Babaji took Babaji initiation from Srila Bhagavat dasa Babaji Maharaja.

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Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s personal servant and disciple, Sri Bihari dasa, was very stout and powerful. Due to Babaji Maharaja’s advanced age he could apparently not walk. Sri Bihari used to carry him everywhere on his shoulder in a bamboo basket. He used to strictly and regularly follow the vows of Caturmasya (the four-month-long rainy season). In the first month he would take only four bananas each day in the evening. In the second month he would only take guavas. In the third month he drank some buttermilk. And in the fourth month, he consumed only the flowers of the banana tree. He once went to Rishikesh to purify his chanting, which involved the performance of the purificatory practice called purascarana. This penance had to be performed with extreme rigidity. He used to bathe at three o’clock in the morning and chant inside a closed room until sunset without speaking or eating. In order to complete the vow properly one is expected to take bath after each call of nature and even after passing air. Once, after observing this regimen for two months, he inadvertently spoke to Bihari däasa. He began the entire process again and completed his vow in three months’ time.

Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji used to stay six months in Vraja and six months in Navadvépa-Dhdma. According to Gaudiya-vaisnava-jivana, at the advanced age of 146, when he was set to travel to Navadvipa from Radha-kunda, many Brijbasis and other Vaisnavas went to him to inquire why he was leaving Vraja-Dhama at such an advanced age. In a very humble and transcendentally depressed mood he replied, “You can all stay here in Vraja-Dhama because you are all pure Vaisnavas. I am very offensive, and therefore it is better for me to stay at Navadvipa. Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai do not count one’s offenses, as They have appeared to liberate all offenders. But here in Vraja-Dhama offenses are counted and reactions thereto are strictly enforced.” This was his last journey to Navadvipa-Dhama. A few months after his arrival, on the first day of the new moon in the month of Phalguna, a fortnight before the anniversary of Lord Caitanya’s appearance, he entered the Lord’s eternal pastimes.