people - devotees and guests - are present for Guru Arati.
The assembly includes several sannyasis and honourable Vaishnavas.
devotees make offerings and give their dandavat pranams at the
lotus feet of Srila Gurudev.
The lotus feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Gurudev expresses that the Name of the Deities should
include Radharani's Name, since Radha-Raman refers
only to Sri Krishna.
He explained that Gandharvika is a very suitable Name for Her here, and said this is also the Name chosen by Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad for Radharani at his Temple in Sri Mayapur
Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj goes on to sing two
songs: Jaya Radha Jaya Krishna Jaya Vrindavan, and Hari Haraye
Asked to speak by Srila Gurudev, Sripad Goswami Maharaj tells why Kolkata is such
an important place for a Temple and remembers the days before
our Temples at Kaikhali and Dum Dum Park were established.
After the talks and kirttan, Srila
Gurudev leaves the nat mandir to go to his quarters.
He bows before the Deities, with an extraordinarily
beautiful flower decoration before Them.
Ashram Maharaj (of Mexico) sings the Mahamantra while Srila Gurudev
leaves, then Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj (of USA) leads Bhoga Arati.
Sripad Bhagavat Maharaj (of India) leads noon Arati, and all
devotees are keen to receive the blessings from the 108-ghee-lamp
that has just been offered to Their Lordships.
Sachisuno Prabhu is the pujari conducting the ceremony.
everybody files into the prasadam room. There are several preparations and it takes many servers to distribute
all of them to the many people present to honour prasadam on this
prasadam room cannot contain everybody and the rows spill out
into the corridor. Nonetheless, a second sitting is still necessary!