Marvelous 36th Anniversary Celebrations
Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Temple marked its 36th Anniversary with grand two-day celebration on 14 & 15 January – the day on which Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India every year.
As distribution of anna – foodgrain is considered auspicious during Makar Sankranti, the anniversary celebrations began with anna-dan seva – hot prasada meal distribution to more than 1.5 lakh people across Mumbai. A team of 200 volunteers worked round the clock to bring smile and satisfaction to hundreds by preparing, cooking and distributing hot rice, subji and halava to underprivileged with the help and contribution from several Life Patrons and well-wishers who supported the effort in cash or kind.
Special arrangements were made on 14 January to hoist the flag (dwaja) atop the three temple dome which declare the presence of Their Lordships. Besides well-wishers and donors, two of ISKCON’s senior most sannyasis HH Giriraj Swami and HH Gopal Krishna Goswami presided over the Dhwaja-aarohan and joyfully boarded fire engine bucket which carried devotees atop the dome to hoist the flag and offered prayers to Sri Garuda and the Deities.
A special maha-abhishek saw several sannyasis and senior devotees bathe Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji, Sri Govardhan, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Sita Rama on all the three altars simultaneously. The evening closed with HH Giriraj Swami, HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, HH Radhanath Swami, HG Vishwadevi Das and others sharing intimate anecdotes and struggle undergone by Srila Prabhupada to construct a beautiful marble temple which continues to provide a spiritual haven for thousands who battle the demanding city life daily.
Preceding the Temple Anniversary function was the celebration of first installation anniversary of Lord Jagannath at Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School at Shastri Nagar, Andheri (W). Maha-abhishek, kirtan, lecture by HH Gopal Krishna Goswami and prasada feast for all marked the festivities.