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    This a humble request for support of many years ongoing seva in Sri Radhakund dham

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    This a humble request for support of many years ongoing seva in Sri Radhakund dham. For very long time Sri Lakshmi Narayana das babaji maharaja (dadaji) whoes together with his few disciples is day and night dedicating to cleaning manteining and renovating Sri Radhakund, Sri Shyamakund, Sri Lalita kund and few other important sacred places here in Sri Radhakund. Unfortunatly present time they don't have enough people to deal with this wonderful seva. So babaji employed 4 extra workers for be able to continue in this seva properly as its needed. Salary of this workers its 250 INR per day so its 1000 INR per day totaly, babaji himself and that few disciples which are staying with him they mantain there lifes mainly by madhukari prasadam and they are not able to bear such big extra cost burden, so babaji humbly way aproach me to try to ask some devotees for some help for this seva. So, please, anyone who is interesting in this special seva to Radharani's lotus feet in the way of regular monthly donations or just some donation or by interesting become a voluntary and help in this seva by own hands as well, kindly contact babaji maharaja or send support on this babaji maharaja ashram bank account:  Laxmi Narayan das SBI branch Radha kund AC n 11717061458 ifsc CD n sbin 0005944, his phone number: +91 98974 57066. Also for more informations and conection with this seva you can write a msg on this page. Dandavat Pranam Jay Sri Radhe!!!  

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  1. VERSE 4: dvikalendu lalāṭodyat kasturī tilakojjvalā sphuṭa kokanada dvandva bandhurī kṛta karṇikā Her forehead that looks like the moon in the second day of the waxing quarter, is beautified by brilliant musk-tilaka, and Her ears are beautified by earrings made of blooming red lotus flowers. Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā: In Śrī Govinda Līlāmṛta (11,106) Rādhikā’s forehead … Continue reading Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā” {Verses 4 – 5}

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    Vrindavan, 2018.04.22

    The Flower decorations known as ‘Phool Bangla’ follow an ancient tradition of flower-art and are a hallmark of the temples of Braj. Among the various art-forms of Braj, Phool Bangla is considered one of the most unique and special.

    As soon as summer hits, temples gear up for a special treat for the Lordships – exclusive arrangements of flowers often covering the entire temple. These elaborate flower decorations greatly please the Lord with their beauty, fragrance and the cooling effect they bring.

    ‘Bangla’ usually means a single storey house with a pyramid shaped roof covered with leaves and flowers and that is how the name originates as ‘Phool Bangla’ means house (or palace) of flowers. At some of the prominent temples like Sri Banke Bihari Ji, Sri Radharaman Ji and Sri Radhavallabh Lal Ji, these flower bungalows are often made up of two or three storey structures completely covered in various colorful and exotic flowers.

    During the ‘phool bangla season’ a separate area called Phool Ghar is designated for the construction of these bungalows which. Here the sewayats or artisans work day-in day-out to construct these magnificent structures. The artisians are especially skilled in this type of work which is handed down through generations.

    Lightweight wood or bamboo structures are made into different shapes as per the desired theme.  Banana stems are sliced and cut to create beautiful motifs of leaves, flowers, and other designs for decorating the bangla.

    Various items like sequined lace, glitter, appliqué, embroidery, ribbons, silk thread etc. are used to embellish the design.  Mirrors, cut into various shapes and sizes, are bordered with mogra(Jasmine) buds and interwoven into the design, creating an entrancing effect. Beautiful creepers and fragrant flowers are hung from several tiers to give an even more exquisite look to the structures.

    Frames and structures are joined to make beautiful decorations including animal shapes, doors, lattice, windows with tracery, door hangings, pavilions with 12 doors, poles and chandeliers. Peacocks, parrots and cuckoos are the most common animals included in the designs.

    It is said that the phool bangla tradition dates back five thousands years to when flower bangalows were constructed for the Eternal Couple, Sri Radha Shyamsundar. The artisans were completely drowned in the loving mood of Sri Lalita, Sri Vishakha and the other Braj Gopis and their loving mood of service for the divine couple was clearly reflected in the masterpieces they created with elegant designs and intricate patterns.

    Phool bangla is one of the most prominent traditional art festivals of Braj. This art-form has been kept alive by the temples of Vrindavan. The festival is most elaborately celebrated at prominent temples like Sri Banke Bihari Ji, Sri Radharaman Lal ji, Sri Rasik Bihari ji at Sewakunj, Sri Shah ji etc. These temple enthrall people with splendid beauty and opulence.

    In Sri Rangnath Ji, a special multi-storey phool bangla is created every year in the traditional South Indian style. Here, the temple artists depict Shri Yamuna Devi in supurb style and arrangements are made to sprinkle cool scented water on the devotees who are taking darshan of Lord Rangnath, as if we are being blessed by Yamuna Devi.

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    gd4aksaya.jpgSri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
    May 6, 2000 - Hawaii

    [Respected Harikatha Readers, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga. This year, 2018 , April 18th & 19th (see calendar for your location) is Aksaya-tritiya, (an auspicious day to start new projects), Candana-yatra of Lord Jagannatha, the anniversary of the inauguration of Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti,  and the opening of the doors of Sri Badrinarayana.

    Today is a very auspicious day – Aksaya-trtiya. We will observe it tomorrow, however, because today there are three tithis (lunar time period) touching one day. Today the door of Bhadri-narayana will be open, and therefore a festival will be observed in Puri with Lord Jagannatha. Candana-yatra will also begin on this auspicious day.

    Especially, anyone who will begin anything on this day, that endeavor will be successful. Aksaya means ‘not perishable.’ If you are sincerely taking diksa initiation today, your bhakti will be very successful.

    Today, on Aksaya-trtiya the universe was created by Brahma. The universe took its shape today, so today is the first day of Creation. Also, Brahma created barley, which is like a medicine, and which is the root of all the corn and other foodstuffs. Barley is given today to Krsna.

    Today is the birthday of our Gaudiya Vedanta Society. On this day Sri Abhaya Carana Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja became one of the founder members of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti.

    Devotee: Not many devotees realize this.

    Brajanath dasa:  The Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti was founded by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja in 1941. Srila Prabhupada was present there.

    Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja: He was one of the founding members. Krsna Consciousness and Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti are the same thing. This Krsna Consciousness movement is actually coming from Brahma, Narada, Vyasa, and Sukadeva Gosvami, who are all members of ISKCON. To serve Krsna is ISKCON. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja is not the establisher of ISKCON, but the re-organizer. He himself has said this. *(See endnote)

    ISKCON is transcendental. All Those who serve Krsna, and all those who wish to serve Krsna, are ISKCON. So, we are all in ISKCON.

    [Endnote: “Thus Brahma was initiated by the Krsna mantra, by Lord Krsna Himself, and thus he became a Vaisnava, or a devotee of the Lord, before he was able to construct the huge universe. It is stated in the Brahma-samhita that Lord Brahma was initiated into the eighteen-letter Krsna mantra, which is generally accepted by all the devotees of Lord Krsna. We follow the same principle because we belong to the Brahma sampradaya, directly in the disciplic chain from Brahma to Narada, from Narada to Vyasa, from Vyasa to Madhva Muni, from Madhva Muni to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Isvara Puri, from Isvara Puri to Lord Caitanya and gradually to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, our divine master.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.9.6 Purport by Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja)

    In another verse, Rupa Gosvami says, krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyate. (I have translated the words Krsna consciousness from krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita.) So here Rupa Gosvami advises, "If Krsna consciousness is available, please purchase it immediately. Don't delay. It is a very nice thing." (Journey of Self Discovey, by Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja)]

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