Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day

Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day On 23rd February 2013, Saturday (Fast till noon) Lord Nityanand Schedule 10:30 am Kirtan 11:30 am Aarti & Kirtan 12:30 pm Lecture on Lord Nityananda's Glories 01:30 pm Prasadam Note: Those who are interested to contribute as cash and kind to celebrate  this festival in grand manner, please kindly contact the temple office As this year Nityananda Trayodasi – The Appearance of Lord Nityananda falls on Saturday February the 23rd, 2013, in temple we are planning to celebrate it on Sunday 24th of February 2013 at 10.30 a.m. About Lord Nityananda Prabhu:  "Lord Nityananda Prabhu appeared as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of God. He especially spread the holy names of Krishna throughout Bengal. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama, Krishna’s elder brother." Lord Nityananda, the original spiritual master and the eternal associate of Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Maga around the year 1474 in Ekacakra, a small village in present West Bengal. As a child, Nitai (as Nityananda Prabhu was called), loved to enact the pastimes of Sri Krishna or Lord Rama. He did this so authoritatively and with such rapture, that the entire village would be immersed in the love of Godhead. At the age of 13, His parents agreed to offer Him as a traveling companion to the famous sannyasi Lakshmipati Tirtha. For the next 20 years Nitai traveled with him visiting holy places and associating with exalted vaishnavas. In 1506, when Nityananda Prabhu was 32 years old He met with Caitanya Mahaprabhu and there on 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. Vaishanava acaryas emphatically state that people who try to understand Caitanya Mahaprabhu without getting the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu will never succeed and one must pray very sincerely to Lord Nityananda Prabhu as the adi-guru (original spiritual master) to be delivered to the Lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.  Lord Nityananda serves as an intermediary between Mahaprabhu and His devotees, He is the Lord's active principle in both creation and lila. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Sri Krishna, Lakshman to Sri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All other forms and expansions of the Lord emanate from this second body. Nityananda Prabhu is thus the source of Sankarshan, all the Vishu's, and Ananta Sesa. Thus on the auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda, thousands gathered to pray at His lotus feet for His special mercy, to be able to perform devotional service and experience spiritual bliss....

Advaita Acharya’s Appearance Day

Advaita Acharya’s Appearance Day ISKCON Puducherry Celebrates Advaita Acharya's Appearance Day On 17th February 2013, Sunday (Fast till noon) Advaita Acaraya worshipping Shalagram Sila offering to          Him Tulasi leaves and Ganges water. Schedule 10:30 am Kirtan 11:30 am Lecture on Sri Advaita Acarya's Glories 12:30 pm Aarti & Kirtan 01:00 pm Prasadam Note: Those who are interested to contribute as cash and kind to celebrate  this festival in grand manner, please kindly contact the temple office About Sri Advaita Acarya :  "With the intense eagerness he continually worships the Shalagram of Sri Krsna with Tulasi manjaris and Ganges water. By the momentum of his spiritual force, his loud shouts pierce the coverings of this universe and, resounding throughout Vaikuntha, reach the ears of Sri Krsna. Hearing this loving summons saturated with devotion, Sri Krsna advents Himself." Who is Advaita Acarya ? The foremost of all the Vaishnavas who reside at Navadwip is Sri Advaita Acarya, whose virtuous presence has made all the worlds blessed. He is the most preeminent preceptor in all fields including knowledge, renunciation and devotion. In explaining Krsna-bhakti he is like unto Lord Shankara (Shiva) himself, and whatever scriptures that exist within the three worlds he explains in the light of Krsna-bhakti.  On the seventh day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, the great ocean of ecstasy swelled to its limits, being forcibly attracted by the moon of Adwaita, Who appeared from the womb of Sri Nabhadevi as the moon appears in the autumn sky. His father, Sri Kuvera, Pandit floated in that ocean of joy. In great happiness gave many gifts in charity to the brahmanas (who voluntarily accept vows of poverty). Very quietly he approached the maternity room to get a glimpse of his newborn son. Then his own face began to shine by the reflected light of that moon-like personage. The residents of Nabagram came running to see the child. Everyone remarked that they had never seen such a beautiful baby. What a pious activities his father must have been performed to get such a jewel of a son, and that in his old age. Thus Ghanasyama sings about this occasion. [B.R.12.1759] The child was named Mangal and his other name was Kamalaksa.  Advaita Acarya is the combined incarnation of Maha Visnu and Sadaisiva (who resides in Goloka). His two consorts, Sita and Sri are manifestations of Yoga Maya. Once when Advaita performed worship, whatever gods and demigods He used to meditate upon He saw all gathered at Lord Caitanya's lotus feet, offering prayers. Raising up his two hands, Advaita exclaimed in great ecstasy, "Today all the days of my life have produced a successful result, as all my desires have been fulfilled. My birth and activities have finally born fruit. I have directly perceived Your two lotus feet, which are proclaimed throughout the four Vedas but are unattainable thereby. Now, by Your causeless mercy, You haverevealed Yourself to Me."  Mahaprabhu replied, "Acarya, now you should perform My worship." First Advaita Acarya washed the Lord's two lotus feet with water scented by flower petals and then with water scented with sandalwood. Then He placed on His lotus feet Tulasi manjari dipped in sandalwood paste along with arghya – an auspicious offering of rice, durbagrass, yogurt etc. His eyes brimming with tears, he offered incense, ghee lamps, flowers, sandalwood paste, and some foodstuffs. After offering various prayers he loudly proclaimed the Lord's glories with auspicious shouts. All glories to the Lord and maintainer of the universe, the Lord of all that lives. All glories to Gaurcandra, the ocean of mercy. All glories to the most munificent incarnation of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, whose form is all-enchanting. All glories to He who is decorated with the ornaments of Sri Vatsa and Kaustubha. All glories to He who has revealed the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra. All glories...