Chakra Announcements

Mayapur festival

by Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Posted August 27, 2004



This historical festival in Mayapur will bring thousands of devotees from around the world to take association from hundreds of Srila Prabhupada's own disciples, and to relish the sweet pastimes of Srila Prabhupada at this time of celebration of so many glorious events.

This is another example of the mercy of Their Lordships Sri Panca-tattva, who have manifested at Mayapur in Their magnificent 7ft deity form. By now everyone has heard and seen of these wondrous pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His eternal associates. Once more They are gathering devotees together so they can relish the pastimes of the Lord in the association of His dear devotees.

Mayapur Festival 2005 highlights :

Mayapur Festival Schedule

March 8 Arrival of devotees

March 9-12 Srila Prabhupada Katha

March 13 Sri Panca-tattva Installation Brahmotsava

March 14 Navadwip Mandala Parikrama starts

March 20 Parikrama returns to Mayapur; World Peace Maha-Yajna

March 21 Ekadasi, Sri Sri Radha Madhava Boat Festival, Congregational preaching night

March 22 Santipur Festival, Book distribution night

March 23 Ganga Puja and Jala Yatra, World excellency awards distribution night

March 24 Ratha Yatra, Adhivas

March 25 Gaura Purnima, Lord Gauranaga Abhishek

March 26 Jagannath Mishra Feast

-From March 21 to March 25 Daily from 7pm - 10pm-Harinam Sankirtan in Sri Panca-tattva temple

Kanai Natshala Festival:

The year 2005 is very special for the followers of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, as it is the 500th anniversary celebration of Mahaprabhu's taking initiation from Srila isvara Puri at Gaya, where Mahaprabhu had gone to offer sraddha to His father, Jagannath Misra.

On the way back to Navadwip, Mahaprabhu saw Krsna at Kanai Natshala, situated at the bank of Ganga-devi, on top of a small hill. This is the place where Lord Gauranga manifested His love for Krsna in separation. When He came back to Navadwip He had completely changed-a different Nimai then before His trip to Gaya.

At Kanai Natshala there is footprint of Krsna. Fortunately this most glorious place has been donated to ISKCON by the person left in charge, one very old sadhu from the Ramanuja sampradaya. ISKCON has built a very nice temple with deities of Radha-Krsna and Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. There are also guesthouse facilities. It is a very beautiful location, set upon a small hill overlooking Sri Ganga-devi.

There will a grand festival with the participation of devotees from all over the world. The day after Gaura Purnima, devotees will proceed to Kanai Natshala by bus. On the way we will stop at Ekacakra-dhama to see the places of childhood pastimes of Lord Nityananda, and at Ramakeli to see the sites made holy by Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis. There devotees can take darshan of Sri Sri Radha Madan-mohan, the deities of Sanatana Goswami, and the place where he was kept under arrest by Nawab Hussain Shah. At this place there is also the footprint of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Kanai Natshala Festival Schedule

March 26 Kanai Natshala festival. Stay at Ekachakra

March 27 Visit Ramkeli and reach at Kanai Natashala

March 28 Kanai Natashal festival

Three days parikrama and Kanai Natshala festival fee - $30

This fee covers prasadam, bus transportation, and all accommodation during the three day tour. Limited devotees can be registered for this rare festival. Please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Kanai Natshala Festival booking:
Contact Purananda Das

Mayapur Festival Room booking:
Contact Sivananda Das

Navadwip Mandala Parikrama booking:

Transportation from Kolkata:
Contact - Purananda Das

Srila Prabhupada Family Reunion Invitation Committee Chairman:
HH Bhakti Caru Swami

If you would like to help this great festival financially by sponsoring prasadam for devotees, please contact the Festival Coordinator, HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami,