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  2. Vrindavan, 2017.07.28 (VT): Brajwasis celebrated Nag Panchami in their own special style on Thursday, Shravan Shukla Panchami. Shri Kaliya Daman – Krishna dancing on the back of the serpent Kaliya – was worshipped in Jaint where the day marks the beginning of the village’s yearly Nag Panchami festival. Village women used a mixture of black colour and milk to draw folk paintings of snakes on the walls of their homes. The images were then worshipped with milk and different kinds of food offerings. Meanwhile in Mathura, devotees congregated at a small fair at Nag Tila in Kampu Ghat. The temple was elaborately decorated with flowers and the temple’s image of Nag Devta was worshipped. The ancient Shiv Temples of Mathura and Vrindavan like Gopeshwar Mahadev, Bhuteshwar Mahadev and others, were also very crowded on this day. Nag Panchami at Garud Govinda Shri Garud Govinda, Chhatikara The Garud Govind temple in Chhatikara, near Vrindavan, is a unique temple featuring Shri Krishna in the guise of Vishnu sitting on Garuda. Once Shri Krishna was playing with his friend Shridam. Shridam pretended to be the divine bird Garuda, and Krishna pretended to be Vishnu. The temple depicts this pastime of Shri Krishna with his friend. The temple is located in the village of Chhatikara near Vrindavan, just off of NH-2. Chhatikara is deeply connected with Krishna lila. From the time Krishna was born, the evil king Kamsa (Kans) sent many demons to try to kill the divine child. Eventually his father decided to abandon his village of Gokul, considering it unsafe. He moved with his entire community in a caravan of bullock carts, which stopped for some time at Chhatikara. There the villagers parked their carts in a protective crescent-moon formation. The name Chhatikara comes from the Sanskrit word shashti-kalaa or crescent moon. Considering Garuda to be the enemy of snakes, devotees seek the blessings of Garud Govinda to ease the effects of “Kala Sarp Dosh” (an astrological disorder). On Naag Panchami “Kala Sarp” poojas were held at the temple on a grand scale.
  3. On 26th July 2017, Hevilambi Varusha Aadi Poora Uthsavam was celebrated at Tirupathi Sri Govindharaja Sannadhi. View the full article
  4. On 26th, July 2017 , Thiruvadipooram Utavam was celebrated grandly at Thirukkadigai Sri Yoga Narasimha. View the full article
  5. Vrindavan, 2017.07.28 (Sakhicharan Das): I would like to briefly discuss one way of serving the Holy Name that is not often spoken of. It is called likhit jap. Likhit jap or written repetition of the mantra is an extremely effective spiritual practice that consists of writing down a fixed amount of your mantra, the mahamantra, the name of your Ishta-dev, or the name of your guru in a notebook. In his commentary on the ninth verse of Brihad Bhagwatamritam, Shri Sanatan Goswami says: Although we normally think of chanting as being the business of the tongue, all of one’s conscious faculties can be engaged with the Holy Name. The mind can contemplate the syllables of the Lord’s names and their meanings, and the external senses can interact with the Name each in their own way. Speech and hearing are obviously involved, but the sense of touch can also feel the Name written in sacred clay on one’s body, the eyes can see the name written in various places, the hands and legs can work to carry a banner inscribed with the name, and so on. Likhit jap is one of the most potent forms of sadhana because so many of your senses are engaged simultaneously in the practice. The mind, the eyes, the fingers and the hands all combine and cooperate together to create a highly concentrated form of meditation. It is deceptively simple, yet amazingly powerful. To practice likhit jap, one should make a vow to write a certain number of names or write for a certain length of time daily. Forget everything. Observe silence and remain alone with your Ishta-dev or your gurudev and for a least a half hour and get fully absorbed in your likhit jap. Below is an inspiring story from The Life of Love. I couldn’t help but to remember this story when discussing likhit jap. One year during Ratha Yatra, Sri Radharaman Charan Babaji (Babaji Mahashay) was singing and dancing in ecstasy before the cart of Jagannath Dev. When the cart reached Rajbari, suddenly a particular realization came to the mind of Babaji Mahashay and he slipped out of the procession to sit alone on the verandah of Gopal Prasad Dutta. He appeared sad and grave and no one who saw him had the courage to speak to him to ask what was worrying him. The reason for his anxiety was that he realized that his dear disciple named Chaitanya Das, who had long been ill, was soon to breathe his last breath. Chaitanya Das was staying in a nearby house and was being taken care of by Jai Gopal Das. Babaji Mahashay was the life and soul of Chaitanya Das, who was a highly elevated mahatma absorbed in Gopi-bhav. Whether awake or asleep, eating or drinking, talking or meditating, the subject of his thoughts and speech was always his beloved gurudev, Babaji Mahashay. When Jai Gopal could understand that Chaitanya Das was nearing the end of his life, he was uncertain what to do. Chaitanya Das told him, “There is no cause for anxiety. Please somehow bring Babaji Mahashay here. If you can do that, then I will know you are a true friend. I want to die while looking at Sri Babaji Mahashay. The only thing I can give you in return for this service is the aprakrit gopi-bhav so difficult to achieve even by the Rishis, but which gurudev has kindly bestowed upon me. You shall have it, and even while you serve the Lord in this world you will enjoy the highest bliss of the transcendental world.” By this time, Nabadwip Das had begun searching for Babaji Mahashay. He stopped at the room of Chaitanya Das and was alarmed to see his condition. Jai Gopal told him that they needed to find Babaji Mahashay and bring him to Chaitanya Das quickly. Nabadwip Das found Babaji Mahashay and told him that Chaitanya Das is dying and wants his darshan before he passes away. Babaji Mahashay did not respond in the slightest; he didn’t even give a sign to indicate that he heard what was being said. Nabadwip Das returned and told Jai Gopal to speak to him. Jai Gopal was but a boy and he could hardly muster the courage necessary to speak to such a grave Babaji Mahashay. He pulled himself together and went and stood before Babaji Mahashay and said commandingly, “What kind of a mahapurush are you? Your disciple is dying and he wants your darshan and you are sitting here like one absolutely indifferent and unconcerned. Come, don’t waste time.” Babaji Mahashay immediately got up and went to stand behind the bed of Chaitanya Das. Nabadwip Das announced to Chaitanya Das that Babaji Mahashay had come. Chaitanya Das beckoned with his eyes, silently requesting that Babaji Mahashay stand in front of him. Babaji Mahashay moved towards his feet and Chaitanya Das observed him from head to toe. Then he fixed his eyes upon his face. Nabadwip Das lifted Babaji Mahashay’s right foot and placed it on Chaitanya Das’s chest. Tears came from the eyes of Chaitanya Das as if to bid him farewell. Babaji Mahashay was so far standing motionless and speechless, but now his heart broke and tears cascaded from his eyes. He said, “O Chaitanya! You are leaving me to go where peace and happiness reign supreme. What can I say, except that I take upon myself all your sins, past and present, so that you may go with a pure heart and attain your desired end – the loving seva of the Lords of your heart, according to your bhav. Meanwhile the cart of Jagannath Dev came to a halt and Babaji Mahashay’s dear disciple, my param gurudev, Ramdas Babaji who had been so far dancing and chanting in front of Jagannath’s cart suddenly felt an internal attraction and came running with the kirtan-party to the place of Chaitanya Das. They were all astonished to see such an inspiring and elevating scene. Chaitanya Das’s eyes were fixed on the face of Babaji Mahashay and he was drowning in an ocean of bliss from the touch of the lotus feet of Babaji Mahashay. Everyone was inspired to sing aloud: “Ha! Nitai-Gaur Radhey-Shyam ~ Ha! Hare Krishna Hare Ram” Tears were streaming from the eyes of all. All of a sudden they saw that the entire body of Chaitanya Das trembled as leaves do in a breeze. His eyes widened, and he seemed to be seeing something new in Babaji Mahashay. He looked at him with exhultation and with this he breathed his last. When Nabadwip Das removed the cloth from the chest of Chaitanya Das, he found two pieces of paper under it. One containg the Guru-vandana and the other containing a hundred thousand names of Babaji Mahashay in his handwriting which showed his utter dedication to the feet of Babaji Mahashay, his guru. Babaji Mahashay said mournfully with tears in his eyes and his throat choked with emotion, “Nitai Chand kindly gave me the company of such a pure and dedicated soul. I do not know why he has now deprived me of it.” The body of Chaitanya Das was taken to the seashore with a kirtan procession. Babaji Mahashay himself washed it with water of the sea, dressed it with his own kaupin and bahirvas and then clasped it and danced like one maddened in love. The face of Chaitanya Das rested on his shoulder and his arms were flung round his neck. Baba danced for a long time. Who could stop him? People who saw this were reminded of Mahaprabhu dancing with the dead body of Thakur Haridas. After some time when Babaji Mahashay came to his own, Govinda Das took the body of Chaitanya Das from him and laid it on the pyre of sandalwood. Fire was set to the pyre and everyone circumambulated the burning pyre dancing and singing: “Ha! Nitai-Gaur Radhey Shyam ~ Ha! Hare Krishna Hare Ram”
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  7. "Longing itself is the flow of love. Don't push it away. That missing fills us so completely and that's what it's all about." - Krishna Das
  8. Thanks to Sri Sreekanth Bhattachar
  9. Vrindavan, 2017.07.27 (VT): On Tuesday night, Shri Banke Bihari Lal’s sevayat Rohit Goswami was attacked at gunpoint in front of the temple. Goswami ji was driving home on his motorbike around 11pm when a group of drunken young men accosted him in the street. The men began abusing him with vulgar language and demanded that he give them 25,000 rupees. When he refused, they fired at him with a pistol. The shot narrowly missed. At the sound of gunfire, people came running, and the hoodlums fled via the so-called “VIP Road” towards the Yamuna Riverbank. Police have arrested two suspects: Vishnu from Dusayat and Puneet from Kishorpura. The head of the local police station said that both the main suspects are now in jail. Luckily, there are also CCTV cameras covering the scene of the crime, and the footage is under review. But the temple Goswamis and area residents still find the incident extremely unsettling. The matter is currently under investigation.
  10. Today is the disappearance day of Raghunandan Thakur. Raghunandan was born in Shri Khanda, West Bengal, but he was a Brajwasi in his previous life. In fact, he was the incarnation of one of Shri Krishna’s sakhas. His father, Mukunda Das, was the incarnation of Vrinda Devi, the goddess of Vrindavan forest. One day Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave Mukunda a half-chewed piece of His paan. Mukunda fed the prasad to his wife. The next day, on Vasant Panchami, Raghunandan was born. Mukunda was a doctor. Once day around noon, when Raghunandan was still a small child, someone needed urgent medical treatment. Mukunda had to leave home quickly. Mukunda prepared a plate of food for his beloved Deity, Gopinath, and offered it to him. He told his Raghunandan to keep an eye on the offering to make sure no mice or bugs crawled on Gopinath’s food, or that nothing else untoward happened. “I will be back soon!” said Mukunda. Raghunandan kept a close eye on Gopinath, expecting to see him eat his lunch. When Gopinath did not eat, Raghunandan got upset. “Gopinath! Why won’t you eat? Do you only eat when my father feeds you? Don’t you love me at all?” saying this Raghunandan burst into tears. Gopinath too started to cry and said, “O Raghu, don’t you know I am yours!” “If you are mine, then please eat! You must be very hungry!” said Raghunandan. “I am eating! See?” said Gopinath, and began to eat. Gopinath ate everything on his plate and did not leave a single crumb. Raghunandan was very happy. When Raghunandan’s father returned home, he asked Raghunandan to bring him Gopinath’s prasad. “Papa, there is nothing left! Gopinath ate it all,” said Raghunandan. Mukunda was shocked. It seemed impossible that his son was telling the truth. But Raghunandan never lied. Mukunda decided to get to the bottom of the mystery by hook or by crook. The next day, Mukunda pretended to go out again for some urgent business and asked Raghunandan to feed Gopinath again. But instead of leaving, he hid behind the door. Mukunda watched intently as Raghunandan picked up a laddu from the plate and put it in the hand of Gopinath. “Eat, Lala, eat!” he said, and Gopinath took a big bite. Just at that moment, Gopinath noticed Mukunda watching him from behind the door. He froze like a statue with the half-eaten laddu still in his hand. Mukunda was overwhelmed and he embraced his son, kissing him again and again as tears of joy flowed from his eyes. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu once asked Mukunda, who is the father, you or Raghunandan? Mukunda said, certainly Raghunandan is my father, and I am his son, for I have learned so much from him about bhakti. When Raghunandan was eight years old, his father took him to see Mahaprabhu in Nilachal (Jagannath Puri). As soon as Raghunandan bowed at Mahaprabhu’s feet, this beautiful verse spontaneously flowed from his mouth: “O my Golden Gauranga! How sweet is your form, from which hundreds of streams of lustre flow. Even Cupid feels jealous of your beauty, by which you easily steal the heart of anyone who sees you even once. Please bless me that the image of you in your dancing pose remains in my heart forever.” Mahaprabhu and his divine associates were amazed and blessed the child. By Mahaprabhu’s orders, Raghunandan served Gopinath till the end of his life. Due to his great devotion, at least two flowers bloomed every day on the kadamb tree in his yard, even though kadamba flowers only bloom in the rainy season. He would offer these special flowers to Gopinath. Once a great Vaishnav named Abhiram Goswami came to have darshan of Raghunandan. The two great souls embraced when they met and started to dance in ecstasy. One of Raghunandan’s anklets flew off his foot as he danced, and landed near the house of his disciple Krishna Das in Akaihat some two miles away. A Kund appeared on the spot where it landed. The Kund was named Nupur Kund, and it can still be seen even today. Raghunandan left this world whilst singing kirtan in the company of saints. Sadly, Gopinath of Srikhanda was kidnapped (stolen by robbers) on October 27th 1987. It is unknown where he is now. This image was published in the yearly magazine Dhimahi by Shri Jeevsharan Das Babaji, the Mahant of Ekchakra Nityananda Janmasthan (Birthplace of Nityananda Prabhu). If anyone has any information pertaining to the location of Raghunandan’s beloved Gopinath, please contact us on private message.
  11. On 26th July 2017, Day 8 of Thiruvadipooram Bramothsavam was celebrated grandly at Mannargudi Sri. View the full article
  12. On 26th July 2017 Hevilambi Varusha Aadi Poora Utsavam was celebrated grandly at Mumbai Chembur. View the full article
  13. Thiruvadipoora Thirukalyana Uthsavam celebrated grandly at Madurantakam EriKatha Ramar Temple on July, 26 2017. Sri. View the full article
  14. On 26th,July 2017, Sri Aandal Thirumanjanam took place grandly at Thirukadalmallai Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple.. View the full article
  15. On 26th, July 2017, Thiruvadipooram Utsavam was celebrated majestically at Lower Ahobilam Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. View the full article
  16. 'Be wise and let this mind be upon Giridhariji and know that whatever He gives you, as the greatest doctor He knows best. He will not give you what you want, but He will give you what you need.' - Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
  17. Sri Andal Thirukalyana utsavam celebrated grandly at Mylapore Sri Vedantha Desikar Devasthanam on 26th July,2017. . View the full article
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  19. Vrindavan, 2017.07.26 (VT): Shri Nimbarkacharya Peethadhishwar Shri Shyamsharan Devacharya “Shriji Maharaj” visited Vrindavan on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since his enthronement. Shriji Maharaj honoured the ancient tradition of his lineage by leaving his car, as well as his sandals, at the border of Vrindavan. After bowing to the dust of Vrindavan he walked three to four kilometers barefoot to Shriji Mandir, just as his predecessors have always done. A crowd of eager devotees followed Shriji Maharaj, sprinkling him with fragrant flower petals and offering him garlands of rose, jasmine and lotus. Priests from various ashrams and temples offered aarti to Shriji Maharaj as he made his way towards Shriji Mandir. Shri Shyamsharan Devacharya Maharaj was enthroned as the head of the Nimbarkacharya Peeth after the previous “Shriji Maharaj”, Shri Radha-Sarveshwar Sharan Devacharya Maharaj, entered Nitya Lila earlier this year at the age of 88.
  20. "Ram asks Hanuman, 'How do you see me?' Hanuman says, 'When I identify with the body, I serve you completely. When I identify with the soul, then you are the whole, and I am a part. But when I know who I am, you and I are one." - Krishna Das, paraphrasing Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanasa
  21. Vrindavan, 2017.07.24 (VT): These days the history of Vrindavan is being forgotten and the center of attraction for visiting devotees has been limited to only one ancient ancient temple, along with a few modern temples. At such a pivotal moment in Vrindavan’s history, it is of the utmost importance to present the story of Vrindavan’s temples to the world. Shri Govind Dev (Jaipur) From time to time we at Vrindavan Today endeavor to introduce you to some of the ancient temples of Vrindavan. Among all the temples, Thakur Shri Govind Dev Ji Maharaj is known as the King of Vrindavan. The original Govind Dev is now in Jaipur, but a pratibhu vigraha (second form) of him still resides in the new temple situated behind the ancient temple. But before learning about Govind Dev, it is important to learn about his elder brother Bade Dauji (Baldev). Bade Dauji originally resided on the premesis of Govind Dev Ji’s temple. When the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb invaded Vrindavan, Govind Dev and many other deities were spirited away to safety in Jaipur. But Bade Dauji remained in Vrindavan. The devotees took Baldev out of Govind Dev’s temple and hid him near Vrindavan’s Govind Kunj. Shri Bade Dauji Temple sevayat Shri Deepak Goswami says, “The story of Bade Dauji is similar to that of Vrinda Devi and Yogamaya. Before, he resided within Shri Govind Dev ji’s temple itself. When Aurangzeb invaded, the sevayats of Govind Dev entrusted Bade Dauji to my ancestors. For some time he was worshipped in a simple structure behind Govind Dev ji’s temple. Later, a temple was constructed for him in Anaj Mandi. In 1835 the Queen of Karauli rennovated the temple. “There is a verse in this regard. Vrindavan katan lagau, bhaag gae sab dev, Vrindavan thaade rahe yamunaa aur baldev. ‘When grave danger fell upon Vrindavan, all the deities left. Only Shri Yamuna and Baldev Ji remained in Vrindavan.’ “It is said that Raja Jaisingh’s daughter wanted to take Baldev Ji to Jaipur, but she had to go back empty handed. The night before she was supposed to leave, she carefully placed him on a cart. But that night Bade Dauji came in her dream and said, ‘I will not leave Braj.’ In the morning, the princess bowed to Bade Dauji and left on her own for Jaipur.” The temple of Bade Dauji is situated near the Syndicate Bank, just a short distance from the Nagar Palika.
  22. Clip from KDs workshop this afternoon at Barcelona Yoga Conference
  23. On June 23, 2017, Hevilambi Aadi Amavasai, Day 5 of the ongoing Thiruvadipoora Utsavam at. View the full article
  24. On 23rd August 2017, Hevilambi Varusha Aadi Amavasai purappadu took place for Sri Bakthavathsala Perumal in a. View the full article
  25. On July 23, 2017; Hevilambi Aadi Punarvasu, Thirumanjanam and special Alangaram at Perumudivakkam Sri Kothandaramar. View the full article
  26. Lord Vamana is the devata for the month Aadi. Vamana resembles the color of the. View the full article
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