All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Grand Opening of

Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami Memorial

at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and Mission, Vrindavan

November 3rd 2005

Web-page by Damayanti Devi Dasi
Pictures by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi

The Vyasasan prepared for Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami, beautifully decorated on the special day of the opening of his holy memorial.

Sandip Krishna Prabhu, one of the main organisers of the opening day ceremony, explains the significance of this Memorial:

This Memorial has been constructed on the very site where Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami composed time to time Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita and worshipped Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra. This important project was envisioned by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Guru-Acharyya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math International Mission, for the purpose of propagating and teaching Sri Rupanuga Vaisnava Spiritual Culture and philosophy to humanity.

Sripad Avadhut Maharaj of Russia and Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj of USA, led the opening of the Memorial on behalf of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj in particular glorified Sripad Avadhut Maharaj, who Srila Gurudev personally requested to lead the opening of the Memorial:

When Sripad Avadhut Maharaj was in Calcutta, Srila Gurudev had a meeting and said he thought only Avadhut Maharaj could arrange a proper opening of the Memorial Hall. Srila Gurudev wanted him to go to Vrindavan and open the Memorial on Sri Govardhan Puja day. Sripad Avadhut Maharaj accepted that service and came here. I feel he did a very good job. He arranged everything that was needed and, especially on the opening day, he took charge and became the master of ceremonies. He gave an introductory speech, called on respectable Vaisnavas to speak, and led the programme of events. With Avadhut Maharaj present, the opening of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami's Memorial was well organised, smooth and grand - a real success.

I can understand why Srila Gurudev selected Avadhut Maharaj for this seva. And Sandip Krishna Prabhu, who Srila Gurudev also requested to take involvement in the opening of the Memorial, was a great help to Avadhut Maharaj and a definite positive force.
Sripad Giri Maharaj (pictured left) was one of the many honourable sannyasi dignitaries present who spoke on this occasion.
Sripad Tirtha Maharaj, who Srila Gurudev sent to take part in this ceremony, offers arati.
The assembled devotees and guests in the main hall of the new Memorial building.
Sandip Krishna Prabhu and Sripad Avadhut Maharaj.
The large banner announcing this event, above streamers along the road outside.
Sripad Giri Maharaj and Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj lead the fire ceremony.
Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj.
Kamal Krishna Prabhu, a visiting pilgrim from California.
Kirttan before the vyasasan of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj.
After the programme in the main hall of the Memorial had finished, the devotees held an inaugurating kirttan in a room within the building which will serve as a unique bookstore, providing our books from all around the world, in many languages, for visiting pilgrims.
Afterwards, the devotees honoured a grand feast.
Maheswari Devi Dasi assists with cleaning seva.

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