We would like to invite you to a festival this Friday at 15.30. We will celebrate the divine appearance of Lord Narasimhadeva! Do not miss the opportunity to please the Lord. Come and chant in bliss!
Dear devotees and friends of Lord Krsna
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For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Nitai sacinandana, Srila Prabhupada and all the vaisnava devotees of the lord .
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We are going to have a great festivew time in June with HH Bhakti Brihad Bhagavat swami, with a lot of kirtan, krishna katha from Caitanya Caritamrita and a 64 rounds japa day as well. And the day of the festival will be great joy, with prikrama around the island, bull cart, Kirtan and painting the pots by our lovely kids… Below the poster you will find a description of the festival…
Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava
The Chida-dadhi Mahotsav, also known as the Chipped Rice Festival of
Panihati, is a yearly celebration of the pastimes of Srila Raghunatha dasa
Goswami and Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Chida-dadhi Mahotsav remembers how the
Lord mercifully reciprocated with His devotees by arranging, through
Nityananda Prabhu and Raghunatha dasa, to provide an ecstatic feast of
yoghurt and chipped rice, along with various other nectar foodstuffs. Below
is an excerpt from Caitanya- caritamrta, Antya lila chapter 6, which
describes this wonderful pastime.
The chipped rice festival – Cool yoghurt (dadhi) and chipped rice
(chida) were offered with sugar, bananas, milk sweets and cakes.
Our feast menu begins with Ganges Curd Upma, a moist and delicious
preparation of vegetables and grain. Before offering, a flavorful stream of
yoghurt is poured around the base of the Upma, in honor of the festival
goers who had to stand in the Ganges to enjoy their prasadam because there
was no room left on the river banks.
A light and simple Cracked Urad Dal is offered, with a side of Banana
Chapatis drenched in Orange Cardamom Butter. A sumptuously rich Cauliflower
& Red Pepper Sabji is simple to make, and brings smiles to the devotees.
A dry curry of Peas and Paneer is stuffed in a hollow Lemon, which adds nice
flavor to the preparation. Rava Idli is a savory cake that goes nicely with
the Aloo Kerala Fry, a spicy fried patty of potato and bitter melon.
Nestled amongst the whites of rice and yoghurt is a delightful Stuffed White
Baby Eggplant which is filled with spiced almond butter, then wrapped
together with lemongrass and baked.
Another pungent savory is the Baigan Sarson, a treat of diced eggplant
wrapped in mustard greens, then crispy fried in ghee. Roasted Okra Raita
provides a smooth and mellow touch with the spicy dishes, while the Rhubard
& Dried Cherry Chutney adds a tangy flavor to the Idli and savouries.
The nectar preparations from the original Chida-dadhi festival are, we hope,
faithfully represented by Chida-dadhi Pots. These two wonderful sweet rices
are served in traditional clay bowls. In one pot, chipped rice is prepared
in sweet yoghurt with bananas, while the second pot contains rice in a
sweet, thick kheer with ghee, bananas and camphor.
A milksweet cake, the Gunja-Mala Malpoori is encircled with fresh red and
black berries, reminiscent of the garland Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave
Raghunatha das to wear around his neck.
The feast is complete with a tart Lime Cooler blending honey, ginger and
anise that would surely please all those sitting in the Panihati sun, on the
banks of Ganga-Ma.
Raghunatha dasa brought chipped rice, yogurt, milk. sweetmeats, sugar,
bananas and ether eatables and placed them all around. As soon as they heard
that a festival was going to be held, all kinds of brahmanas and other
gentlemen began to arrive. Thus there were innumerable people. Seeing the
crowd increasing, Raghunatha dasa arranged to get more eatables from other
villages. He also brought two to four hundred large, round pots. He also
obtained five or seven especially large earthen pots, and in these pots a
brahmana began soaking chipped rice for the satisfaction of Lard Nityananda.
In one place, chipped rice was soaked in hot milk in each of the large pots.
then half the rice was mixed with yogurt, sugar and bananas. The other half
was mixed with condensed milk and a special type of banana known as canpa-
kala. Then sugar, clarified butter and camphor were added. After Nityananda
Prabhu had changed His cloth far a new one and sat on a raised platform, the
brahmana brought before Him the seven huge pots.
Hearing about the festival, all kinds of learned scholars, brahmanas and
priests went there, Lord Nityananda Prabhu honored them and made them sit on
the raised platform with Him. Everyone was offered two earthen pots. In one
was put chipped rice with condensed milk and in the ether chipped rice with
yogurt. All the other People sat in groups around the platform. No one could
count how many people there were. Each and every one of them was supplied
two earthen pots, one of chipped rice soaked in yogurt and the other of
chipped rice soaked in condensed milk.
Some of the brahmanas, not having gotten a place on the platform, went to
the bank of the Ganges with their two earthen pots and soaked their chipped
rice there. Others, who could not get a place even on the bank of the
Ganges, got down into the water and began eating their two kinds of chipped
rice. Thus some sat on the platform ,some at the base of the platform, and
some on the bank of the Ganges, and they were all supplied two pots each by
the twenty men who distributed the food.
When chipped rice had been served to everyone, Lord Nityananda Prabhu, in
meditation, brought Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
arrived, Lord Nityananda Prabhu stood up. They then saw how the others were
enjoying the chipped rice with yogurt and condensed milk. From each and
every pot, Lord Nityananda Prabhu took one morsel of chipped rice and pushed
it into the mouth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as a joke. In this way Lord
Nityananda was walking through all the groups of eaters, and all the
Vaisnavas standing there were seeing the fun.
No one could understand what Nityananda Prabhu was doing as He walked about.
Some, however, who were very fortunate, could see that Lord Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu was also present. Then Nityananda Prabhu smiled and sat down. On
His right side He kept four pots of chipped rice that had not been made from
boiled paddy. Lord Nityananda offered Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu a place and
had Him sit dawn. Then together the two brothers began eating chipped rice.
Seeing Cord Caitanya Mahaprabhu eating with Him, Lord Nityananda Prabhu
became very happy and exhibited varieties of ecstatic love. Lord Nityananda
Prabhu ordered, “All of you eat, chanting the holy name of Hari. Immediately
the holy names “Hari Hari” resounded, filling the entire universe.
When all the Vaisnavas were chanting the holy names “Hari Hari” and eating,
they remembered how Krsna and Balarama ate with their companions, the
cowherd boys, on the bank of the Yamuna. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord
Nityananda Prabhu are extremely merciful and liberal. It was Raghunatha
dasa’s good fortune that They accepted all these dealings. Who can
understand the influence and mercy of Lord Nityananda Prabhu? He is so
powerful that He induced Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to come eat chipped
rice on the bank of the Ganges. All the confidential devotees who were
Cowherd boys, headed by Sri Ramadas, were absorbed in ecstatic love. They
thought the bank of the Ganges to be the bank of the Yamuna.
After receiving the remnants of food left by Lord Nityananda Prabhu,
Raghunatha dasa, who was greatly happy, ate some and distributed the rest
among his own associates. Thus have I described the pastimes of Lord
Nityananda Prabhu in relation to the celebrated festival of chipped rice and
Due to His causeless mercy upon all living entities within the universe, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, along with His plenary extensions, appeared in the family of Maharaja Iksvaku as the Lord of His internal potency, Sita. Under the order of His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, He entered the forest and lived there for considerable years with His wife and younger brother. Ravana, who was very materially powerful, with ten heads on his shoulders, committed a great offense against Him and was thus ultimately vanquished.
Lord Rama is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His brothers, namely Bharata, Laksmana and Satrughna, are His plenary expansions. All four brothers are visnu-tattva and were never ordinary human beings. There are many unscrupulous and ignorant commentators on Ramayana who present the younger brothers of Lord Ramacandra as ordinary living entities. But here in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the most authentic scripture on the science of Godhead, it is clearly stated that His brothers were His plenary expansions. Originally Lord Ramacandra is the incarnation of Vasudeva, Laksmana is the incarnation of Sankarsana, Bharata is the incarnation of Pradyumna, and Satrughna is the incarnation of Aniruddha, expansions of the Personality of Godhead. Laksmiji Sita is the internal potency of the Lord and is neither an ordinary woman nor the external potency incarnation of Durga. Durga is the external potency of the Lord, and she is associated with Lord Siva.
As stated in the Bhagavad-gita (4.7), the Lord appears when there are discrepancies in the discharge of factual religion. Lord Ramacandra also appeared under the same circumstances, accompanied by His brothers, who are expansions of the Lord’s internal potency, and by Laksmiji Sitadevi.
Lord Ramacandra was ordered by His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, to leave home for the forest under awkward circumstances, and the Lord, as the ideal son of His father, carried out the order, even on the occasion of His being declared the King of Ayodhya. One of His younger brothers, Laksmanaji, desired to go with Him, and so also His eternal wife, Sitaji, desired to go with Him. The Lord agreed to both of them, and all together they entered the Dandakaranya Forest, to live there for fourteen years. During their stay in the forest, there was some quarrel between Ramacandra and Ravana, and the latter kidnapped the Lord’s wife, Sita. The quarrel ended in the vanquishing of the greatly powerful Ravana, along with all his kingdom and family.
Sita is Laksmiji, or the goddess of fortune, but she is never to be enjoyed by any living being. She is meant for being worshiped by the living being along with her husband, Sri Ramacandra. A materialistic man like Ravana does not understand this great truth, but on the contrary he wants to snatch Sitadevi from the custody of Rama and thus incurs great miseries. The materialists, who are after opulence and material prosperity, may take lessons from the Ramayana that the policy of exploiting the nature of the Lord without acknowledging the supremacy of the Supreme Lord is the policy of Ravana. Ravana was very advanced materially, so much so that he turned his kingdom, Lanka, into pure gold, or full material wealth. But because he did not recognize the supremacy of Lord Ramacandra and defied Him by stealing His wife, Sita, Ravana was killed, and all his opulence and power were destroyed.
Lord Ramacandra is a full incarnation with six opulences in full, and He is therefore mentioned in this verse as kalesah, or master of all opulence.
Hare Krishna! Dear Devotees,
HH Bhakti Prabhava Swami will be gracing us with his saintly association from 29th of March in the evening class and so we will also have classes on Wednesday morning and evening and last class on Thursday morning. Please come if you can to hear Krishna Katha, the means of deliverance in this dark age of Kali. Devotees are also welcome to visit Maharaja for private darsans. Jaya Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Jaya Srila Prabhupada!