Gaura Purnima is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (also known as Lord Gauranga due to His golden complexion). This festival also marks the beginning of the New Year for Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appeared as Gauranga to establish Sankirtana (chanting of the Holy Names) – the Yuga Dharma for this age of Kali. He appeared on Phalguni Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (Feb-March) in 1486 AD (1407 Shakabda) at Sri Dham Mayapur as the son of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachidevi.
On this day, devotees fast till moonrise and break their fast by taking an anukalp dinner (made from non-grains). The following day, they offer a special meal to the Lord called Jagannath Mishra Feast, named after Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's father, who had arranged a grand feast to celebrate the birth of his son.
The celebration begins in the evening with Maha-sankirtana and the Pallakki Utsav of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. As everyone joins in the sankirtana, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra resounds in every corner of the temple. After the procession, the deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga receive a grand abhisheka, and devotees sing "Gaura Arati," composed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
This year we are celebrating the 534th anniversary of Lord Gauranga’s appearance on March 28, 2021.
Abhishekam | Kirtans | Arati | Prasadam
Sun, Mar 28, 2021