Gaura Purnima festival was celebrated at Hare Krishna Hill, ISKCON Bangalore on March 5, 2015 in commemoration of the divine appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in India over 500 years ago.
On this auspicious day, a day-long Harinama sankirtan was performed highlighting the mission of Lord Chaitanya who spread the chanting of Lord’s holy names extensively all over India and upheld the principle of pure devotional service to Lord Krishna. A grand procession followed by a special abhisheka with puja to Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga (Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya) were conducted in the evening. Nearly 1500 devotees participated in these festivities and sought the blessings of Lord Chaitanya.
Their Lordships were gorgeously decorated and carried on a pallakki to the open air theatre, the venue of special puja, along with the Deity of Srila Prabhupada in a grand and exciting procession accompanied by sankirtan.
Then followed an elaborate abhisheka to Their Lordships with various paraphernalia like milk, curds, honey, ghee, panchagavya, fruit juices, herbal extracts etc. Next Their Lordships received an arati with different lamps while the devotees sang the beautiful Gaura arati song. After the arati, 108 kalasha snana was performed accompanied by the recitation of Purusha Sukta prayers. This was followed by a shower of a variety of colorful and sweet-smelling flowers on Their Lordships.
One of the interesting parts of the celebration was an audio-visual presentation on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, which engrossed the assembled devotees. This presentation was very enlightening and covered a number of aspects of the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. It included a short description of Lord Chaitanya’s life, a summary of His teachings, glimpses of the holy places He visited during His pilgrimage in South India and also a brief account of the contribution of Srila Prabhupada, the current acharya in the Chaitanya Sampradaya.
After the video presentation, devotees sang an excellent song on the divine qualities and bodily features of Lord Chaitanya, the epitome of love of Godhead, while a special puja was performed.
The festival ended with a grand pallaki utsava of Their Lordships and prasadam feast to all the participants.