Celebrations at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir


Monday September 7 2015
Every year the appearance day of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness is celebrated in ISKCON Temples as Vyasa Puja. This year the event was celebrated on Monday, September 7, 2015 at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

Why the Festival is called Vyasa Puja

Lord Krishna is the origin of the Vedas. Lord Veda Vyasa is an incarnation of Lord Krishna who presented Vedic knowledge in written form at the advent of Kali Yuga around five thousand years ago. He appointed sages for propagating different branches of this knowledge in society. He is hence recognized as the original guru in enlightened spiritual circles. 

Vedic knowledge is learnt in a system called parampara or disciplic chain. A guru is someone who is realized in the knowledge of the spiritual self, of the Supreme spirit, God and of the eternal relationship between them. He imparts that knowledge to his disciples and appoints some of the learned ones to succeed him as gurus. This chain continues with the next gurus appointing their deserving disciples to become gurus. 

Since Veda Vyasa is the original guru, disciples celebrate the appearance day of their guru as Vyasa Puja because the guru is always a representative of Veda Vyasa in accordance with the parampara system of education. 

Tradition of Written Offerings
It is an abiding tradition in the gaudiya parampara system coming down from Lord Chaitanya, to write offerings of glorification of guru and then read them on the occasion of his birth anniversary as a mark of gratitude and appreciation for the guru’s mercy in guiding the disciples. 

Celebrations at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
At Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the celebration began at 11 am with the offering of the Vyasa Puja Book 2015 containing written offerings from all devotees of the ISKCON Bangalore group. Then senior devotees of the temple read their offerings to Srila Prabhupada. 

His Grace Chanchalapati Dasa, President presented fine details of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions regarding the conclusions of Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara. His Grace Suvyakta Narasimha Dasa, Senior Vice President, requested Srila Prabhupada’s mercy for expediting the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir project so that his message could be widely broadcast for stemming the tide in a rapidly deteriorating world. His Grace Bhartarshabha Dasa, Vice President, Communications glorified the potency of Srila Prabhupada’s books in actively preaching the intelligent people in society.

Abhishekam followed reading of offerings. The festival Deity of Srila Prabhupada was bathed with milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sweet water and fruit juices. He was offered aratis and bathed with spiced water from nine pots. Then he was showered with flowers and fanned with cow tail whisk and peacock fan. 

Some more devotees read their offerings before Srila Prabhupada and then devotees sang a devotional song titled 'Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Krishna' written by Srila Prabhupada on board the ship Jaladuta in which he had travelled to the United States. 

Then Guru Puja was performed for Srila Prabhupada and all the assembled devotees offered flowers to his lotus feet. Serving of a grand feast followed this. Some one thousand devotees attended the ecstatic festival of Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja at the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.