Gaura Purnima

ISKCON Juhu Gaura Purnima

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.

Devotees across the world celebrate Gaura Purnima by fasting till dusk, chanting the Holy Name of Lord Krishna, performing abhishek of Lord Caitanya and offering a variety of foodstuff to the Lord. Festivities at ISKCON Juhu include a shobha-yatra (parade) with utsava murti of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai on Juhu beach followed by Sringar-arati and lecture on the glories of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprasad. The evening festivities consist of maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Gaura arati followed by dinner prasada for all.