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Lord Jagannatha Rolls Through Town………..Twice!

DSCN2748Our 2014 Ratha Yatra festivals got off to a flying start on Thursday 15th May with Lord Jagannatha rolling down Frederick Street accompanied by the resounding chanting of the Holy Names of Lord Krishna.

Their Lordships Jaganatha,  Baladeva and Subhadra Devi were splendidly dressed and the devotees swiftly took hold of the rope that was attached to the beautifully decorated chariot. Accompanied by kirtan by Bala Krishna Prabhu, His Grace Agni Dev Prabhu, His Grace Gopta Das and Visvarupa Das, the chariot journeyed from the Queen’s Park Savannah through Frederick Street and then onto the Brian Lara Promenade.

Throughout the parade His Holiness Guru Prasad Swami continued to encourage devotees to chant and dance in the ecstatic kirtan. This great festival grabbed the attention of many a passerby as devotees distributed Prasadam(sanctified vegetarian food stuffs) to almost every onlooker.

10330336_10152060652117111_5110117241864859372_nThe parade culminated at the Brian Lara Promenade where prasadam was prepared for over 1000 people. The day’s festivities then continued with a stage program, beginning with the National Anthem and Jaganatha Ashtakham Prayer. This was then followed by a short discourse by His Holiness Guru Prasad Swami as he talked about the importance of this festival. Dances, kirtan, drama and Japanese

10371906_10152060657022111_3293046707223902306_nDragon dancers were also part of the show until final Artik was performed to the deities. The Indian High Commissioner, His Grace Gauri Shankar Gupta as also present to bring greetings on behalf of the Indian High Commission. This, the 5th consecutive year of Ratha Yatra was indeed a grand success thanks to Baladev Prabhu and all the other devotees.

10325338_10152060777302111_2474343168927485729_nAs the saying goes, when it’s nice we should do it twice. and so it was that Lord Jagannatha spread His mercy is South Trinidad on Saturday 17th May 2014 with the second installation of Ratha Yatra 2014.The procession commenced at the Bakal recreation ground near Gopi Trace in Penal and  the chariots looked as majestic as ever carrying Their Lordships Jaganatha , Baladeva, Subhadra Devi , as well as Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The parade began around 2p.m.  and proceeded towards NAMDEVCO Market, Debe. With blissful kirtan beingled by various kirtaniyas, the procession caught the attention of many spectators as devotees danced gracefully throughout.

10403456_10152060780462111_747738260578414736_nOn arrival at the Namdevco Market sight, the stage program commenced with Jaganatha Ashtakam by Paramodara Devi Dasi and kirtan by His Grace Amala Kirtan Prabhu from the USA. A short message was then delivered by His Holiness Bhakti Prabhupada Damodara Vrata Swami. Kirtan and drama then continued deep into the night while all attendees took part in a delicious feast prepared by the devotees of the South Centre.

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.

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