Gaura Purnima at Iskcon of Houston


HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston is celebrating Gaura Purnima, the auspicious appearance day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on Thursday, March 5 and will host a cultural festival on Sunday, March 8 in continuation of the festivities.

The ISKCON movement traces its origins back to this divine Personality who brought the science of devotional service (Bhakti) to all humanity, notwithstanding the barriers of caste, gender or race. The Vedas have prophesized that in the age of Kali, Lord Sri Krishna would advent Himself in a golden avatar and propagate the worship of Krishna through chanting of His holy names. Fulfilling this prophecy, in the early fifteenth century, on a full moon night, also known as purnima, Sri Krishna Chaitanya was born in Mayapur on the banks of the Ganges. His golden bodily complexion earned him the endearment ‘Gaura’ – which means golden.

All over the world, devotees observe this festival by fasting through the day and breaking fast at moonrise. Festivities start at 7 pm on Thursday, March 5. You can witness the abhishekh, the ceremonial bathing of the Deities followed by a discourse on the glorious life of Mahaprabhu – given by HH Rtadhvaja Swami. There will be kirtan or congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna before ending the evening with delicious free vegetarian dinner prasadam.

If you would like to experience this offering of devotion again, join us on Sunday, March 8. We will have kirtan along with discourse on glories of Mahaprabhu by HH Rtadhvaja Swami, leading up to more kirtans, followed by cultural programs and a grand feast at 7 30 pm.

We invite you to join to celebrate this great personality’s appearance and gain a glimpse into the blissful purity of His devotion.
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