Mayapur, Mar 21: A joyful spectacle of global harmony was visible at the world spiritual headquarter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness at Jalangi, near Nabadwip in West Bengal.
Devotees belonging to 300 ethnicities from more than 95 countries and all major continents of the world converged here to celebrate the divine appearance day of Lord Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu, better known as Gaur Purnima. Their loud chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra resounded every corner of the holy Dham.
The biggest festival in the Gaudiya Vaishnav Sampradaya- Gaur Purnima was celebrated with fervour and gaiety in the entire of Nabadwip Mandala said Subroto Das, media spokesperson of ISKCON, Mayapur.
The excitement of the devotees was palpable as they gleefully breaking the shackles of colour, creed, region, caste, country rubbed shoulder to shoulder and submerged together into an ocean of eternal bliss and mirth.
The month-long celebrations that began on February 27 included Sravan Utsav, Kirtan Mela, a weeklong Nabadwip Mandal Parikrama and many cultural programmes touched crescendo on Thrusday evening at the ISKCON Chandradaya Temple, which witnessed a confluence of more than a lakh and half devotees and pilgrims across the world dressed in traditional colourful dhoti- kurta and ghagra - choli singing , dancing, chanting ecstatically to celebrate the 533rd birth Anniversary of Lord Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu.
On Thrusday, the devotees fasted all day and took bath in Ganga and fetched water in pots for Abishek of Utsav Deities. The entire temple premises were grandly decorated with multi-coloured flowers and were elegantly lit up using bright lights which added magnificence to the ambience.
Celebrations began from wee hours with Manglarti at 4.30 am followed by class and Darshan Arti and in the morning.
In the evening Maha Abishek of the Deity was performed amidst the clashing of kartals, sounds of conchsells, beating of mridangas, drums.
More than 600 delicacies ranging from Bengali dishes like spinach “ saag” , “mocha ghonto”, brinjal fry “payesh”, sandesh to North Indian Chole, Rajma, South Indian Dosa sambar and Italian Pizza, Chinese dumplings , European cookies were offered to the Lord.
A huge cake was prepared by a team of devotees from Middle east, America , Russia and Brazil.
The chanting of Maha-mantra by the devotees in unison with the musical instruments reverberated the air. During the Mahaabishek the Deity of MahaPrabhu glistened with great splendour as devotees showered flowers.
Later delicious MahaPrasadam which consisted of many varieties of foodstuff and sweets were distributed to everyone who participated in the festivities. The direct telecast of this Maha-abishek celebration was witnessed live by more than 15 lakh people from all over the world on Mayapur TV.com
It is mentioned in Chaitanya Charitamrita, biography of MahaPrabhu, that the Lord had foreseen that His teachings will be spread all across the world and the founder Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace A.C BhaktivedantaSwami Srila Prabhupad turned it into reality. Today Gour Purnima festival is being celebrated in all 800 centres of the institution around the globe. (UNI)