Snana Yatra & Panihati with 2.000 Devotees!
ISKCON Sri Jagannath Mandir Bangalore: This year, The Devotees of ISKCON Seshadripuram celebrated the annual Festival of Sri Jagannath Snana Yatra along with Panihati Cida Dahi Mahotsav Festival at Dodda Gosai Ghat, Srirangapatna. More than two thousand devotees thronged from all over the state to receive the mercy of the Lord.
Volunteers arrived the previous day and arranged a makeshift altar along with a tent and kitchen next to the holy river, Cauvery to facilitate the devotees and the Lord.
The Festival began with a Drama by our Youth forum continued by Abhiseka to the Deities Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva, Devi Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Followed by which Sri Sri Gaura Nitai were taken for a dip in Mother Cauvery. There was excitement in the air as the deities were taken for a dip in the Cauvery river. All of us jostled for space to get a glimpse of the Lords while in the waters of the Cauvery and to receive their merciful blessings as they came out. Then came our turn to take a dip in the cool waters of the river touched by the lotus feet of the deities. It was time for some fun and splashing around. However one could see devotees paying obeisances before entering the waters, sprinkling some water on their heads before carefully stepping into the river.
Soon afterward, His Holiness Bhakti Madhurya Govinda Goswami Maharaja (ACBSP) spoke on the most wonderful pastimes of Lord Jagannath and the Festival had concluded with Hathi/ Gaja Vesh Darshan of Lord Jagannath and a delicious Prasadam feast comprising of Cakes, Cida-Dahi, Sweets, Pulao, Sabzi and Roti.
Everyone felt truly blessed. Being in the association of so many devotees is something we all yearn for. Why can’t such festivals just go on and on. Why can’t there be a festival everyday where every word is a song and every step is a dance?
ISKCON Seshadripuram Communications