of the devotees present where so overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of Sri
Sri Nitai Saci-Sundar that they wanted to take photos in order to share them with
their family members and friends. They felt sad that others were not as
fortunate to witness the actual appearance of Their Lordships.
One of the devotees remarked "it was the best day I ever had in my life".
Others felt fortunate to be present and taste the transcendental
experience. Again others said they felt touched by the sheer beauty of
Their Lordships and that they could hardly take their eyes off Their
However, everyone agreed that the abhisheka deeply inspired them
as honey and yoghurt covered the divine forms of Their Lords.
is tradition to offer at least 108 different bhoga preparations to Their
Lordships for Their first appearance. Devotees from all quarters came
forward to cook for the deities on Their first appearance. On the final
count there were at least 150 different bhoga preparations ready to be
offered. In fact much of the temple room was covered with the
offerings of love made by devotees from Leicester and other parts of the
These offerings of love and devotion were thankfully accepted by Their
Lordships, who reciprocated by giving Their blessings.
gorgeous Gaura arati was one of the highlights of the celebration.
The temple room was packed with eager devotees to see Their Lordships in
Their new outfit. Many had to stand in the doorway and next door room. The
atmosphere was spiritually surcharged with the chanting of the Holy Name
and with the loud callings of 'GOURANGA!' Everyone was immersed in
feelings of spiritual ecstasy. Lord Gouranga and Nityananda Prabhu have
finally appeared in Leicester. Some remarked that it felt just like if it
was Gaura Purnima.
Maharaja sings and reads the translation of 'nitai pada-kamala', a
beautiful song by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura.
lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the
soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons.
"If the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord
Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of
Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach
Radha-Krsna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of
Radha-Krsna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord
friends and supporters of the Hare Krishna Centre got together and
prepared over 150 bhoga preparations for Their Lordships. This is a
shining example of dedicated service with love and devotion.
Krishna does not ask very much, 'patram puspam phalam toyam', a
leaf, a flower, fruit or water offered with love and devotion; Krishna
will accept it. What to speak of all those delicious preparations which
were prepared by so many faithful devotees of the Lord.
Others took charge of preparing the entire feast with rice, dhal, subjis
etc. Everyone was inspired to do something for Their Lordships. There was
no shortage of love and devotion anywhere and those somewhat still
hesitant were quickly drawn into the deep mood of unmotivated devotional
service to Sri Sri Nitai Saci-Sundar.
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