Gaura Purnima is celebrated between the month of February and March as per the auspicious appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed in India and all ISKCON centers worldwide every year with grandeur. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna appearing as His own devotee. He is known to appear to his devotees to preach his religious teachings.
As per the name of the festival, it can be inferred easily hat Lord Chaitanya came into existence to this age of Kali at the time of full moon. Lord Chaitanya successfully spread the message that it is possible to gain pure love of Lord Krishna simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord “ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.”
This auspicious day is celebrated as the starting of a New Year for all the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Devotees who were fortunate to witness the pasties of the Lord reported that he used to dance and chant with love for God. As per his teachings, it is easy to develop the instinctive love of Godhead regardless of background. Lord Chaitanya made it possible to experience great spiritual pleasure by simply chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra even without any spiritual qualification.
At TODU, the celebration of Gaura Purnima kicks off one day before itself, where an Adhivas ceremony is performed for Nitai Gauranga Rai deities by the devotees to purify ourselves and get ready to worship and serve the Lord the next day. On Gaura Purnima, devotees will fast till moon rise. The whole day, devotees will be busy in decorating the temple, preparing varieties of bhoga offerings for the pleasure of the Lordships. The chanting of Maha Mantra throughout the day will passage one to the spiritual world. The festival starts in grander scale during evening, as the Abhishek ceremony Nitai Gauranga Rai Utsav Deities is performed with auspicious items such as milk, fruit juices, honey, rose water etc. There will also be a spiritual discourse on the glories of Gauranga Mahaprabhu and inspiring cultural programs will be presented by the Youths of TODU as a preaching tool for all devotes and visitors. Last but not least is the much awaited Mara Arati of the Lordship’s and devotees get to enjoy a transcendental ekadasi feast before leaving home. An opulent feast (regular grain prasad) will be served the next day, Jagannatha Misra’s Feast in the noon.
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