Nityananda Appearance Day
Devotees at ISKCON Juhu celebrated Lord Nityananda Triyodasi on 23 February. The celebrations began early in the morning with Shobha yatra (procession) on Juhu beach which attracted several onlookers to the Deities of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. HH Bhakti Dhir Damodar Swami enumerated the glories and pastimes of Lord Nityananda during the morning discourse.
By mid-morning the temple was filled with strains of melodious kirtan by Madhava Das, an internationally renowned kirtan singer, who especially sang for the pleasure of the Lord and His devotees. Several hundreds of visitors and devotees gathered to witness the grand maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Gaur Nitai on the temple altar which was followed by maha-arati and prasada for all.
Nityananda Prabhu appeared in Ekacakra, a small village in present West Bengal, around the year 1474. His father, Hadai Ojha and mother Padmavati, were pious Brahmans originally from Mithila. Nityananda Prabhu was born on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Maga.
Lord Nityananda is the eternal associate of Lord Caitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Nityananda Prabhu met Caitanya Mahaprabhu in 1506, when He was 32 years old and the Lord 20 years. Nityananda Prabhu in His role as the original spiritual master, was instrumental in spreading the yuga dharma of sankritana all over the Gaudia desh (Bengal, Orrisa). His mercy knew no bounds, and people fortunate to come in contact with Him were inundated with the love of Godhead.
Lord Caitanya cannot be approached or understood without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, who is the cardinal guru of all the universes and serves as an intermediary between Lord Caitanya and His devotees. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Sri Krishna, Lakshman to Sri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Caitanya Mahaprabhu