Devotees relish Chipped Rice Festival
The Chida dahi Mahotsav, also known as the Chipped Rice Festival of Panihati, is a yearly celebration of the pastimes of Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami and Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
This astonishing pastime took place on the banks of the Ganges at Panihati, which is just north of Calcutta. Lord Caitanya and his associates enjoyed many transcendental pastimes here.
The chida-dahi festival is described in Sri Caitanya-caritamrita (Antya-lila, Chapter 6). Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami wanted to join personal association and service of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu but failed to do so because of his family and household duties. However, after several failed attempts he heard that Lord Nityananda prabhu had arrived in Panihati. To receive the Lord’s causeless mercy he went to take His darsana. Lord Nityananda (an incarnation of Lord Balaram who appeared 500 years ago) saw Raghunatha das and ordered him to serve all His associates chida-dahi, flat rice mixed with yogurt.
Raghunatha dasa, eager to please the Lord, carried out His order and prepared huge quantities of chida-dahi and distributed it to the vaishnavas and hundreds of others who had arrived there upon hearing that a festival was on at Panihati. Lord Nityananda being greatly pleased blessed him and ordered His associates to bless Ragunatha dasa, that he will be successful in attaining the personal association and service of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Panihati Chida-dahi festival is celebrated to bring back to mind the causeless generosity of Lord Nityananda Prabhu on the Lord’s devotee, Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami. Without the benevolence of Lord Nityananda it is impossible to get the mercy Lord Caitanya and thus the love for Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani is unattainable.
Devotees at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari temple celebrated the chida-dahi festival on June 14th 2011. The devotees relished the Panihati Chida-dahi pastime narration during a discourse at the temple in the morning. The Deities were offered special Chida-dahi in various flavours of seasonal fruits that was later served out as prasada to all devotees. The temple kitchen also prepared delicious Chida dahi that was greatly savored by resident devotees, life members and visitors.