Bengaluru, Jan. 29, 2018: ISKCON Bangalore celebrated Sri Nityananda Trayodashi today. This festival commemorates the divine appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu over 500 years ago.
Sri Nityananda Prabhu, also known as Nitai, is the incarnation of Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Being an intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He assisted Him in the mission of propagating Harinam sankirtana, the yuga dharma for Kali yuga. He demonstrated His unlimited mercy by distributing love of Krishna to everybody, including the greatest of sinners who became devotees of Krishna.
The celebration at the temple commenced in the evening in the Open Air Theater with an elaborate abhisheka to the utsava Deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.
Hundreds of devotees had gathered at the venue to witness the ceremony. They enthusiastically joined in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and the holy names of Nitai and Gauranga.
The abhisheka was performed with panchagavya, panchamrita, various fruit juices, herbal preparations, and many other items. An elaborate arati was performed with varieties of lamps while singing the Gaura Arati song which was a memorable part of the event.
Their Lordships also received kalasha snana wherein They were bathed with sanctified water from over 108 kalashas to the accompaniment of the recital of purusha sukta mantras.
After the kalasha snana, Their Lordships were offered a shower of colorful and fragrant flowers. The last part of the ceremony was shayana arati which was accompanied by the song Nitai-pada-kamala on the importance of taking shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
The ceremony included an audio-visual presentation of the life history of Sri Nityananda Prabhu – His bodily features and spiritual qualities, childhood pastimes, distributing the holy names of Krishna, etc. The presentation also covered the Deities of Nitai-Gauranga at some of the major ISKCON temples around the world.
On this occasion Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga were offered 56 varieties of delicious food preparations.
The celebration concluded with pallakki utsava of the Deities in the main temple hall followed by dinner prasadam to all devotees.