The program is now cancelled! See below for more details.
Gaura Purnima 2020 | March 15th
Hare Krishna! We are cancelling the program “Gaura Purnima & Holi The Color Festival” due to the COVID 19 ALERT (Coronavirus Alert). The temple will remain open unless otherwise noted. We will be offering Prayers and Sankirtan to Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Radha Shyama Sundara for community’s welfare and protection! We pray that everyone stays healthy.
3 PM – 3.30 PM: Kirtan
3.30 – 4.15: Gaura Nitai Abhishek
4.15 – 4.45: Gaura Arati
4.45 – 5.30: Festival Lecture
5.30 – 5.45: Cultural program
5.45 – 6.45: Reciprocation program
6.45: Festival Prasadam Feast
Play Holi, the color festival from 3.30 PM – 5.30 PM.
About the festival:
This festival celebrates the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in late February or March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where He appeared in the year 1486.
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Those who witnessed the Lord’s pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before. Lord Chaitanya encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—can develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
The present-day International Society for Krishna Consciousness continues the work begun by Lord Chaitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world. Gaura Purnima means “golden full moon,” signifying that:
1) Lord Chaitanya was “born” during a full moon, and
2) The Lord blesses everyone with the soothing, moonlike rays of His sublime teachings.
His followers generally observe this festival by fasting and chanting the holy names all day. At moonrise, a vegetarian feast is offered to the Lord and then enjoyed by all.
Holi is a festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and signifies the power of surrender and protection from the Lord – it is celebrated globally through the sharing of life’s wonderful colors.