Thousands Experience Lord Caitanya’s Mercy
Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Lord Caitanya fell on 27 March 2013 this year. Lord Caitanya (also known as Gaura due to His golden complexion) is the Supreme Person, Krishna, appearing as His own worshiper. He is the combined form of Krishna and Krishna's most dear devotee, Srimati Radharani. He appeared in Navadwipa, West Bengal in 1486. He emphasized chanting the holy names Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare as the best means to attain love of God in this Kali-yuga.
The festivities at the temple started early in the morning as the devotees took the utsava-murti of Sri Gaura Nitai on Juhu Beach in a beautifully decorated palanquin. Thousands of visitors, devotees and well-wishers attended the several discourses arranged on the ‘Glories of Lord Caitanya’, drama on ‘Sri Caitanya’s mercy to Jagai and Madhai’, maha-abhishek and Gaura arati. Delicious Ekadasi prasada feast was arranged for every visitor to the temple.
The day after Gaura Purnima, resident and congregation devotees celebrated the Jagannath Mishra Festival which is observing the celebration of appearance of baby Nimai (Lord Caitanya). After the appearance of his son Nimai under a neem tree, Jagannath Mishra had held a celebration to honor the birth of his son by distributing sweets and gifts. Devotees at the temple gathered to recollect the glories of baby Nimai and honored prasada to celebrate the wonderful pastime.
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