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Gaura Purnima Festival

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Schedule for Thursday 8th March at Bhaktivedanta Manor


Morning Programme:                         

3:00am – 24 Hour Kirtans begin

4:30am – Mangalarati

7:00am – Guru Puja

7:30am – Deity greeting and Kirtan

8:00am – Performance (to be announced)

8:30am – Special Class on the Apperance of Lord Chaitanya

10:00am – Abisheka (bathing of deities of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda)

11:00am – Buses leave for Maha Harinam in London


Evening Programme:


4:00pm – Bhajans in Temple room

7:00pm – Gaura Arati

7:30pm – Feast (served in Tent)

*24 Hour Kirtans till 3:00am next morning*




Gaura Purmina is the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) who is an incarnation of  Radha and Krishna combined.
On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord in the temple room. The devotees present dramas and classes about Lord Chaitanya’s activities. The Deities of Gaura-Nitai receive new clothes, and the devotees engage in extra kirtan. At moonrise we serve a prasad feast (sanctified vegetarian food).


The word caitanya means “living force,” carita means “character,” and amrta means “immortal.” As living entities we can move, but a table cannot because it does not possess living force. Movement and activity may be considered signs or symptoms of the living force. Indeed, it may be said that there can be no activity without the living force.


Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the pioneer of a great social and religious movement that began in India about five hundred years ago and that has directly and indirectly influenced the subsequent course of religious and philosophical thinking not only in India but throughout the world.