Gaura Purnima is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (who is also known as Gauranga due to His golden complexion), and this year we are celebrating the 534th anniversary of His appearance on March 09, 2020. This festival also marks the beginning of the New Year for Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish Sankirtana (chanting of the Holy Names) – the Yuga Dharma for this age of Kali. He appeared on Phalguni Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Phalguna, (Feb-March) in the year 1486 AD (1407 Shakabda) at Sridham Mayapura as the son of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachidevi. His parents named him Nimai since he was born under a nimba (neem) tree in the courtyard of His paternal house. His appearance day is celebrated as Gaura Purnima.
On this day, devotees fast till moonrise and break their fast by taking anukalpa feast (made from non-grains). On the following day, they offer a special feast to the Lord which is called Jagannath Mishra Feast, named after Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s father, who arranged a grand feast to celebrate the birth of his son.
There are many seva opportunities on this day from making garlands, assisting with the feast, cleaning the temple, making abhisek garlands, and greeting guests. If you cannot be personally present, then you are invited to offer donations on behalf of your family.
- 5am Mangala-Arati
- 6am Mangala-Arati at Srila Prabhupada’s Palace
- 7:30am Guru-Puja
- 8am Greeting of Deities
- 8:15am Class by HH Varsana Swami
- 4pm Bhajans
- 5pm Abhishek
- 6pm Gaura Katha
- 7pm Maha Gaura-Arati
- 8pm Feast