The second Patotsav celebration of Sri Sri Radha Madhav began on 28th April, 2017 at Hare Krishna Movement, Ahmedabad. On the first day of the festival Their Lordships were offered ‘Nauka Vihar Seva’ (boat ride) in Madhav Kund.
Thousands of people gathered to witness the festival and be blessed. As Sri Sri Radha Madhav went around in the pond, the devotees distributed maha-prasadam from the boat to the assembled audience.
Their Lordships were then offered Jhulan Seva (swing) on an exquisitely decorated swing, accompanied by melodious Krishna bhajans, rendered in traditional Gujarati style. The event concluded with the Palaki Utsav and maha-prasadam was distributed to all.
The second day of Patotsav was on the Akshaya Tritiya day, which is the actual installation day of Sri Sri Radha Madhav at Hare Krishna Mandir, Bhadaj. Their Lordships were installed on this very day in 2015.
The festivities were marked with a grand ceremonial bathing of the Lord, called as Churnabhisheka. This is the only day in the year when all the Deities of the temple together receive abhishekam.
On this auspicious occasion His Grace Shri Madhu Pandit Prabhu, Chairman of GBC of Hare Krishna Movement enlightened the assembled devotees on significance of the Lord’s incarnation as Archa Vigraha or Deity. Following which there was Shayana Arati for the Lordships and then the most excitin part of the festival, ‘samprokshan’ (sprinkling of the sanctified water over the head) was performed.
On the third and concluding day of Patotsav celebrations, Ratha Yatra was conducted for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhav. Devotees carried Their Lordships in a beautifully decorated “Brahma Ratha”, around the Hare Krishna Mandir.
Following which there was a dance presentation on Krishna-lila. The festival concluded with Jhulan seva for Sri Sri Radha Madhav accompanied by melodious sankirtan.
His Grace Shri Madhu Pandit Prabhu, Chairman of GBC of Hare Krishna Movement graced the occasion along with many other senior vaishnavas. His Grace Shri Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa, President, HKM Ahmedabad felicitated the guests.