According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Balaram is known as the original spiritual master, the adi-guru. According to Chaitanya Lila, His appearance is described as Lord Nityananda, the bestower of mercy. Even the most fallen soul is forgiven by Him. Mythically His role has been depicted as the elder brother of Lord Krishna. In different religious and spiritual texts, it is described how Lord Balaram and Lord Krishna have been the playful companions of each other.
The birth of Lord Balaram itself is a mythical incident and He is Lord Krishna’s first expansion. Balaram appeared in the womb of Devaki, Lord Krishna’s mother, as the son of Vasudeva. Kamsa, Devaki’s brother had held Devaki and Vasudeva captive in prison and brutally slaughtered six of Devaki’s new born children. However, when Balaram appeared in Devaki’s womb, Lord Krishna, with the help of His internal potency, transferred Lord Balaram to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva’s another wife.
As Lord Balaram was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb, He is also known as Sankarshan. His name Balaram is derived from His spiritual power or bala and the spiritual bliss that He possesses called ramana. According to Srila Prabhupada, Lord Balaram depicts spiritual powers and not physical powers. Upanishads show how attaining self-realization is possible only after being blessed by Lord Balaram. Balarama-purnima also marks the end of Jhulana-yatra and the first month of chaturmasya.
At TODU, they will be an Abhishek ceremony performer for Nitai Gauranga Rai Utsav Deities with auspicious items such as milk, fruit juices, honey, rose water etc. Devotees will prepare varieties of bhoga offerings for the pleasure of the Lordships. There will also be a spiritual discourse on the glories of Lord Balaram and cultural programs by the Youths of TODU.
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