Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir conducted Nityananda Jayanti at New Delhi. This was the first celebration of this festival by VCM outside Vrindavan
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Nityananda Jayanti is the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda. Lord Nityananda appeared in the year 1473 in West Bengal. He is Lord Balarama who appeared along with Lord Chaitanya who is Lord Krishna Himself for the propagation of the Sankirtana Movement. Srimad Bhagavatam, the foremost of Vedic Literature states that all activities of the human being culminate in ultimate success only if they satisfy the Supreme Lord. It is also stated there that in this age called Kali Yuga, for satisfying the Supreme Lord, the most intelligent people will engage in Sankirtana Yajna or the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra –
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir celebrated Nityananda Jayanti at the community hall of the Asian Games Village, near Sirifort Auditorium in New Delhi. The programme began with Hare Krishna Kirtan by devotees at around 5:30 pm in the evening of 20th February 2016. The momentum picked up as donors, devotees and friends streamed in. Soon the venue was reverberating with ecstatic singing of the Hare Krishna mantra by all the attendees.
At 6:30 pm bathing ceremony or Abhishekam of two sets of brass Deities of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda was performed. The atmosphere was rent with chanting of Mantras and Sankirtana while the Deities were bathed with milk, yogurt, honey and many varieties of ingredients in a grant ceremonial offering to the Deities.
This was followed by a Video presentation of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir project at Vrindavan.
Then His Grace Yudhishthira Krishna Dasa, Vice President of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir gave an enlivening talk on the advent and purpose of Lord Nityananda’s incarnation.
Donors and well-wishers of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir were felicitated on the occasion. This was followed by offering of Arati to the Deities of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda to the accompaniment of Sankirtana which swept everyone into an atmosphere of devotional ecstasy. Then a sumptuous Prasadam feast was served to all the assembled devotees.
The first ever celebration of Nityananda Jayanti at New Delhi by Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir brought together devotees, donors, friends and well-wishers of the project in a grand celebration of the appearance of lord Nityananda. Everyone went home happy, contented and inspired by the auspicious event.