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Devotees install Gour Govinda Swami's samadhi

by Tusti Mohan Krsna das

Posted February 24, 2004

[1. Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami leads kirtan.]

February 11 marked not only the Vyasapuja of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, but also the disappearance day of H.H. Gaur Govinda Swami, a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. To commemorate the occasion, devotees built a Pushpa Samadhi in Mayapur near Srila Prabhupada's Pushpa Samadhi and beside the Samadhi of H.H. Tamal Krsna Goswami.

All the GBC Members and many, many other devotees were present.

The program started at 5:30 am with a kirtan procession to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Samadhi, to Sri Yogapith and then to ISKCON Mayapura.

At 8:45 am was the installation of the Samadhi, performed by disciples and godbrothers, followed by Vaishnava homa and more kirtans.

[2. Devotees pay their final respects at the Samadhi.]

At 2:00 pm there was a feast prasadam for all the devotees in the big kitchen and at 5:00 pm a video lecture by Gaur Govinda Swami at the Pandal recently built by the Samadhi, followed by a special Orissan style kirtan led by Damodara Giri das. Devotees also sang Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's song Ye anilo prema dhana. After devotee homages, the program concluded with distribution of Sri Jagannath Mahaprasad from Puri.

[3. Jayapataka Swami, right, joins others in paying homage.]

[4. Niranjana Swami leads an arotik ceremony.]

[5. Hundreds of devotees honor prasad in the Pandal Hall.]

[6. A view of the actual Pushpa Samadhi.]