Sri 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.
The 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.
At 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.