State, ISKCON to come up with Vedic Centre in Gangasagar.
Kolkata: The state government and ISKCON will set up a Vedic Centre for Culture and Education at Gangasagar to promote spiritual tourism. Besides this, the state government and ISKCON are jointly working to build a world-class fountain park, community hall, light and sound exhibition to attract the visitors. An NRI, Govind Sahay Gupta has also expressed his desire to contribute to the cause. Gangasagar is visited by thousands of people from all over the country during Makar Sankranti. Because of better road connectivity, both domestic and foreign tourists keep on visiting the area throughout the year. Once a bridge is constructed, many more people will visit the area.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister stressed on the need to improve Gangasagar area. Roads were built and steps were taken beautify the area. Banerjee went to the area to oversee beautification work. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to the Mayapur temple in early February had assured to provide all help to ISKCON’s move to declare the area as a World Heritage Site.
Spiritual tourism is coming up in Bengal in a very big way and the state Tourism department and private tour operators have held several rounds of talks on the matter. It may be mentioned that during the Gangasagar Mela in 2018, ISKCON had set up a huge camp to facilitate the pilgrims during their visit to the place. Spiritual books had been distributed among the visitors. Senior state government officials said the fountain will be of international standard and it will add beauty to the area. The South 24-Parganas district administration has taken steps to keep the area surrounding the Kapil Muni temple clean throughout the year.
Srimad Bhagavatam Class by H.H.Jayadvaita Swami at Iskcon Vrindavana, 27.02.2018 (video)
Shyam Mukund Das: The life story of the greatest spiritual leader of all times Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and his pure desire to serve the mission of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu through the establishment of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness widely known as ISKCON. Venue: ISKCON Los Angeles, California
Super successful program at Melbourne’s University (Album with photos)
Vraja Krsna Das: Amazing time with Devamrita Swami@ Melbourne Uni this eve. Over 600 people attended for his talk on Happiness. People chanted, asked questions, purchased books and had an amazing feast. Special thanks to the organizers who worked 1 month ahead to make it happen.
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A 450 Year-Old Deity of Lord Caitanya (Album with photos)
Indradyumna Swami: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura writes in his Anubhasya, “Virabhadra Gosani was the direct son of Srila Nityananda Prabhu and a disciple of Jahnava-devi. His real mother was Vasudha.” After the departure of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, Virabhadra brought 3 small deities to Vrindavan to be worshipped at Nityananda-vat; a deity of Lord Caitanya, a deity of Lord Nityananda and a deity of Jahnava-devi. Today, as part of the celebrations for Gaura Purnima, the deity of Lord Caitanya was worshipped right before our very eyes at Nityanand-vat in an unbelievable one-hour bathing ceremony. To see such an historic 450 year-old deity of Lord Caitanya directly in front of us was the greatest mercy we could imagine. I took photos so devotees everywhere could also relish!
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By Giriraj Swami
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the full-moon day of the month of Phalguna in Sri Navadvipa-dhama in western Bengal. He manifested His pastimes on earth for forty-eight years. For the first twenty-four years, in Navadvipa, He played the role of a child, then of a youth, and then of a married man; for the next six years He traveled throughout India and preached; and for the final eighteen years He resided in Jagannatha Puri. Every year at the time of caturmasya, the four months of the rainy season, devotees from Bengal used to come to Puri to associate personally with the Lord and to observe the Ratha-yatra ceremony. And the Lord would always reciprocate with the devotees who came to meet Him. Continue reading
Lilasuka dasi: Any activity that you begin on Gaura Purnima day becomes very auspicious. There is a special, true story in this regard. On the afternoon of Gaura Purnima, March 8, a few of us were chanting bhajans in the temple room for the pleasure of their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. As we were doing so, a large group of about twenty-five students came in and Gauranatraj das began to give them a tour of the temple room.