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Annual Nrsimhadeva Yajna

DSCN2688Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Mandir celebrated their 10th annual Nrsimhadev Caturdasi Yagya on Tuesday 13th May, 2014. The program started approximately 3:15 p.m. after many preparations were done by the resident devotees. Kirtan was performed by Bhakta Avinath at the commencement of the program. Shanta Vigraha Das then began the Yagya by carrying out the purificatory rights, followed by the recitation of the Sankalp.

DSCN2695The discourse was then given by both the temple’s resident sannyasi, His Holiness Bhakti Prabhupada Vrata Damodara Swami along with the GBC of Trinidad, His Holiness Guru Prasad Swami. They reassured the assembled devotees that Nrsimhadeva is the protector of the devotees and that we should take shelter of the Lord just as in the case of Prahlada Maharaj. They also made mention of incidents in the ISKCON Mayapur Yatra where Lord Nrsimhadev protected his devotees in a very personal way.

The discourse was followed by the large fire sacrifice where over 100 devotees proceeded to offer grains into the fire, accompanied by ghee offerings made by the four assisting priests that were present. After the final offering of the banana, everyone was asked to circumambulate the fire while kirtan was being led by His Grace Agni Dev Prabhu.

DSCN2692At 6:15 p.m. all the devotees and guests gathered in the temple hall to witness the maha aratik ceremony of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha and Gaura Nitai. The fiery kirtan was again led by His Grace Agni Dev Prabhu and the devotees chanted and danced in ecstasy.

A sumptuous feast was then served to everyone at the culmination of the event. The program was also streamed live on mayapur.tv by Dattavara Das and a video of the festivities was also uploaded on YouTube can be viewed at the following link: Nrsimhadeva Yajna.

You can also view some photos from the Yajna at the following link: Nrsimhadeva Photos.

Appearance Day Of Lord Nrsimhadeva

“O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half man, half lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasp Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderfully pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.”

Jayadeva Goswami – Das-avatara Stotra

nrsingadeva1Today we celebrate the auspicious  appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva, who appeared to give protection to His unalloyed devotee Prahlada. On this occasion we present here an excerpt from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada in February 1970 where he gives a purport to the Jayadeva Goswmai song, Das-avatara Stotra. We have extracted the segment that deals specifically with Lord Nrsimhadeva.

Srila Prabhupada: “The fourth incarnation is Nrisimhadeva. Nrisimhadeva appeared to save Prahlada Maharaja, who was five-years-old boy and he was being tortured by his atheistic father. So He appeared from the pillar of the palace as a half-man, half-lion. Because this Hiranyakasipu took benediction from Brahma that he’ll not be killed by any man or any animal.

So the Lord appeared neither man nor animal. This is the difference between the Lord’s intelligence and our intelligence. We are thinking that we can cheat the Lord by our intelligence, but the Lord is more intelligent than us. This Hiranyakasipu wanted to cheat Brahma by indirect definition. First of all he wanted to become immortal. Brahma said, “That is not possible because even I am not immortal. Nobody in this material world is immortal. That is not possible.”

So Hiranyakasipu, the demon… The demons are very intelligent. He thought that “Round about way I shall become immortal.” He prayed to Brahma that “Please give me the benediction that I shall not be killed by any man or any animal.” Brahma said, “Yes, that is all right.” “I shall not be killed in the sky, on the water or on land.” Brahma said, “Oh yes.” “I shall not be killed by any man-made weapons.” “That’s all right.”

In this way he utilized his intelligence in so many ways just to come to the conclusion of being immortal. But the Lord is so cunning that He kept intact all the benediction given by Brahma, still he was killed. He said that “I’ll not be killed either during daytime or night.” Brahma said “Yes.” So he was killed just in the evening, just in the junction of day and night. You cannot say it is day or night. He took the benediction that “I shall not be killed in the sky, on the water, on the land.” So he was killed on His lap. He took the benediction that “I shall not be killed by any man-made or any God-made weapons.” That was given, “All right.” So he was killed by the nails. In this way, all the benedictions were kept intact, still he was killed.

Similarly, we may make plan, we may make very advancement in scientific knowledge, but the killing process of nature will be there. Nobody can escape. By our intelligence we cannot escape. The four principles of material existence means birth, death, old age and disease. We can manufacture many medicines, many weapons, many means, many methods, but you cannot escape these four principles of material existence, however great you may be. That was proved by Hiranyakasipu.

Hiranyakasipu was one of the stalwart materialistic and he wanted to live forever, enjoy, but he also could not live. Everything was finished” 

Welcome to iskcontt.org

ISKCONTnTLogoDear Devotees, Friends and Well-wishers,

On behalf of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra and Srila Prabhupada, with great pleasure, we welcome you to your window into your local Hare Krishna Movement.

This website has been a long time coming and is born of a genuine desire to improve the quality of our service to you. From our humble beginnings during the 1970’s ISKCON Trinidad and Tobago has grown considerably and is continuing to grow and as such there was a greater need for our organisation to raise the bar of our service to our devotees, congregation members and the wider public.

cropped-Header-vr1.jpgIt is to meet this need that we embarked on the development of this website. The site will contain information that would be relevant to visitors on many levels:

    • The casual visitor will find some introductory information on the ISKCON movement, our philosophy and practices as well as a very efficient means of contacting us.
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There is much more than can be said but we prefer to allow you use the site, and hope you will do so regularly.

It is our sincere desire that this project acts as a means for bringing all of our temples closer together and to bring our organisation closer to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

We sincerely pray for your blessings that we may be able to continue this service, primarily for the purification of our own hearts and also for the pleasure of the Vaisnavas.

Respectfully, Your Web-Servants, ISKCON National Board.