All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Sri Vyasa Puja Festival of

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math


December 6 2006
Webpage by Krishnendrani Devi Dasi

"Once I was almost dying, and suddenly Govinda Maharaj came and gave me some medicine, and that helped me - gave me new life. So he has some mystic ability. When his mother gave birth to him she prayed to Shiva -- near Jamalpur there is a Buroraj Shiva Temple. She prayed to that Shiva, "May I have a child," and then Govinda Maharaj was born. Shiva has given one holy person, with some sort of siddhi, mystic power. I sometimes think he might have possessed it." - Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Early morning preparations being made for hundreds of devotees. The aratik at the Samadhi mandir has a massive attendance.
After aratik, Sripad Paramahamsa Maharaj leads everyone on a long parikrama to the Ganges river to pay their obesiences.

Following is an excerpt from Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi’s biography of Srila Gurudev, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. From the chapter 'Son of Lord Shiva:'

In the holy village of Sripat Bamunpara, District Burdwan, West Bengal lived the blessed parents of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj – Sri Nitai Pada Das Adhikari and Srimati Tarangini Devi, of the respected brahminical lineage Chatterjee. Sri Nitai Pada Das Adhikari and his forefathers were of (followed in) the 'parivar' or disciplic succession of Lord Sri Nityananda Prabhu. It is general knowledge in the family that Lord Nityananda Prabhu Himself awarded the title "Das Adhikari" to the family, thereby changing Chatterjee to the title Das Adhikari. Nityananda Prabhu is also believed to have had some connection with the family Deities "Sri Sri Radha-Gopinathjiu," who are still being worshipped today in a beautiful Temple at the Das Adhikari residence in Sripat Bamunpara.

The first-born child and son of Nitai Pada Prabhu and Tarangini Devi died one year after his birth. With grief-stricken hearts and earnest prayers, the blessed couple decided to invoke the grace of Lord Shiva for his son to appear in their family. Undergoing the appropriate worship of the Deity Buraraj (or 'old' Shiva, a very ancient and famous Shiva Lingam presiding in Jamalpur, District Burdwan), and satisfying him with offerings of Bael leaves, Ganges water and a promise that the boy would one day take sannyas, Nitai Pada Prabhu and Tarangini Devi conceived the son of Lord Shiva.

At the auspicious moment of Krsna-paksa ditia titi (lunar day), under the star of mitum (Gemini), ascending in tula (Libra), on Tuesday, the seventeenth of December, 1929, at four o'clock a.m., the divine child appeared. When the birth announcement first reached Nitai Pada Prabhu's ears, he ran straight for Jamalpur without even seeing the newly born baby. Arriving at the temple of Buraraj with his prostrated obeisances, Nitai Pada Prabhu prayerfully reported to Lord Shiva the news of his son's birth. At that moment, Nitai Pada Prabhu heard the voice of Shiva: "Yes my son has taken his birth, but go at once and remove the khajol (black protective markings customarily applied on babies and children in India to counteract any inauspiciousness, envy, ghosts, etc.) from his body! I am his protector and no evil can ever touch him."

Nitai Pada Prabhu was astonished and returned immediately to his residence in Bamunpara to find that, indeed, the women of the family had covered the newborn baby with khajol. After Nitai Pada Prabhu relayed the order of Shiva to the family, they joyfully washed away the khajol from the body of the newborn boy. From that day on, everyone in the village and surrounding areas knew this boy to be the "son of Lord Shiva," and, needless to say, he was the only child not wearing khajol.

The divine child was named Dharma Das and was adored by everyone who saw him. He had auspicious long arms and elongated eyes. As a newborn, the women of the village would come and take turns holding and adoring him at five-minute intervals. After one month of confinement in the maternity room, Tarangini Devi set out with Nitai Pada through the jungle to Jamalpur in order to present the baby to Lord Buroraj. On the way, the couple had an encounter with a tiger, who gazed specifically upon the baby. With a fearless heart and full faith in the protection of Lord Buroraj, Tarangini Devi placed the baby on the ground and dared the tiger to touch the son of Lord Shiva. After a few moments, the tiger retreated back into the jungle!

More morning aratik photos.
Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvva Govindasundarjiu,
presiding over the assembled devotees
The morning programme, led by Sripad B.P. Tirtha Maharaj.
Srila Gurudev comes down the stairwell.
The festival begins
Srila Gurudev spoke for nearly an hour, followed by Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj.
Sripad B.B. Avadhut Maharaj also spoke.
Guru-puja began.
His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj
Delicious Prasadam
Several different preparations

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