Yesterday was the Auspicious Installation Ceremony of the Pushpa Samadhi of Tamal Krishna Goswami at Govardhan. The Govardhan Project, Bhaktivedanta Ashram is a beautiful offering to Srila Prabhupada, inspired in large by H.H. Tamal Krishna. From a disintegrating pile of rubble facing Giriraj Maharaja, a magnificent restoration, keeping to the traditional materials and not using cement, etc., has transpired. Goswami's Samadhi itself is elegant and tasteful, a replica of Visvanath Chakravarti's Samadhi, carved out of limestone.
Kirtans and bhajans continued throughout the day following hours of heartfelt eulogies from godbrothers, sisters, disciples, friends, and family members. The feast was a first class delight, carefully served on beautiful first class leaf thali's. The weather was exactly perfect, slightly overcast, which kept the full force of the sun from roasting us. A colorful pandal with carpeting, enclosing the side and rear area's, led to the feeling of intimacy in the large crowd. Srila Prabhupasda's murti attended on center stage, along with a garlanded photo of Tamal Krishna and a cloth wrapped container with the actual Pushpa, or garland taken from his body at the time of Samadhi. The assembly of saintly vaishnaves were enormously satisfied by this occasion.
Tomorrow I leave for Mayapur Dham.