Sri Krisna Janmastami

August 16th, 2006
St.Petersburg, Russia
Photo by Balavanta Prabhu
Report by Kundalata dd

yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharamasya tadatmanam srdjamy aham

Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, o descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion — at this time I descend myself.

Today is the Holy Day of Krsna Janmastami, the Appearance Day of Lord Krsna, the Original Personality of Godhead. For all the devotees this day is very special, for it can bring a special mercy in their spiritual lives.

For Russian devotees (gathered here from all over Russia and two devotees from California and Australia) this day was also quite full of events. In the morning His Holisness Sripad Goswami Maharaj gave harinam initiation to two people (Nikhilananda and Madhuradyuti Prabhus) and the second initiation to eleven people, then later in the afternoon about 20 reporters from TV, magazines and newpapers attended our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Seva Ashram in Lahta, Saint Petersburg to take pictures of the events and interviews with Sripad Avadhut Maharaj and devotees. Devotees (headed by Amrita Krsna Prabhu) orginized a small Indian concert and there was also held a fire yajna (devoted to the second brahmanic initiation). Then Sripad Goswami Maharaj chanted few songs, prayers and gave a class devoted to the glories of the divine Couple.

And at midnight there was the main boisterous celebration of the Appearance Day of Lord Krsna. And of course the day was marked by a grand ekadasi feast.

Their Lordship Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Madhava Sundarjiu in the festive clothes


Preparing garlands: Gandharva dd, Laksmi Kanti dd, Hemangini dd, Deva Priya dd (from San Jose) and Gandharvika dd...


...Navanalini dd from Odessa with her both daughters, Anuradha dd
and Masha, and also Jamuna dd


Saragrahi Prabhu, Bhuvan Sundar Prabhu and Bimala Kanti Prabhu Brahmachari


Rama Sudar Prabhu and Swarup Prabhu.


Nakolay received along with the harinam initiation the name Nikhilananda Prabhu


Madhuradyuti Prabhu also joins Krsna consciousness family on this auspicious day


The initiated


Kirtan after the initiation


A bit later gayatri initiation was held. Pictured: a small gathering
before initiation itself. Sripad Avadhut Maharaj tells devotees
about the reasons and responsibilities of the second initiation


Ladies who are about to take second initiation:
Sridevi dd, Krsnamrita dd, Malika dd, Gandharvika dd,
Malini dd and Jamuna dd


Sripad Goswami Maharaj gives instructions. Pictured also:
Dulal Candra Prabhu, Anantadev Prabhu, Premanidhi Prabhu,
Ananda Rupa Prabhu and Gandharvika dd


Sanjiv Prabhu taking rest in the summerhouse


Fire yajna later in the afternoon


The yajna was held by Prithu Prabhu with the assistance of
Swarup Prabhu and Rasikananda Prabhu.


Sripad Avadhut Maharaj giving brahmana thread to Anantadev Prabhu.
(In the background — one of the TV reporters who were invited to conduct interviews)


Guests and devotees watching performance programme


Jamuna dd, Shyama Sundar Prabhu quite successfully managing a book stall.


Indubala dd introduces a famous performance director, whose troupe was invited
to represent Indian dance for the guests.


The performance itself


Sripad Avadhut Maharaj gives interview to a reporter. And Sanjiv Prabhu on his left.


Maharaj explains to the guests the meaning of the temple, Deities and
Krsna consciousness movement in general.


Lahta Seva Asram


Guests wandering around the temple


During the performance


Evening arati





While waiting for Sripad Goswami Maharaj, Sripad Avadhut Maharaj
addresses the gathered guests and informs about the further programme


Sripad Goswami Maharaj chants prayers to the accompaniment of tambura,
then he leads a magnificent kirtan chanting the divine glories of Sri Krsna



Quite a lot of guests came to the programme



In the center: Katyayani dd, Isharupa dd (chief designer of all
the publishing projects here in Russia) and
at the bottom — Tradish Prabhu


Many Indian guests visit Ashram too


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