Gaur Purnima Festival
Gaura Purnima is a Gaudiya Vaishanva festival that celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadwipa, India. Gaura Purnima means “Golden Full Moon”. The name signifies that Lord Caitanya took birth at time of full moon and He blesses everyone with the moonlike rays of His teachings.
Lord Caitanya is non-different than Lord Krishna appearing as His own devotees. He spread the congregation chanting of Holy Name and taught that one can gain enlightenment by chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
The festivities at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Temple began early in the morning with Mangala-arati followed by Shobha yatra of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Morning visitors and walkers at Juhu Beach were pleasantly surprised when a beautifully decorated silver palanquin of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai accompanied by enlivening kirtan by the devotees greeted and blessed them at 6am in the morning.
At the temple, devotees and congregation members cheered “Hare Krishna, Gauranga” when they were blessed with the much-awaited darshan of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai during the Sringar darshan at 8am. This was followed by Gaura katha pastimes. A crowd numbering in hundreds witnessed the maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai in the main temple room followed by maha-arati and kirtan. The festivities concluded with rich Ekadasi Krishna prasad for all.