Srila Gurudev His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj offers respects to His Divine Grace Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Sriman Mahaprabhu shortly before His Lordship journeys to Sri Govinda Kunda.

Srila Gurudev speaks on the manifestation of Sri Giriraj in Sri Govinda Kunda and Mahaprabhu's jala-keli, divine water play Pastimes:

...on Chandan-yatra, Mahaprabhu and Giriraj Govardhan appeared there. Everywhere in Vrindavan you can bathe at the holy kundas, and this is the Vrindavan style, and that has also appeared in Nabadwip in the form of Sri Govinda Kunda. And no one can pollute that water, some restriction has been made there. And those who are doing parikrama without shoes (to show respect to the holy places) they are also doing parikrama of Govinda Kunda. In this way everything is respectfully continuing, and from time to time Mahaprabhu is doing water play with His devotees. On some special occasions, then Mahaprabhu is coming out from Guru Maharaj's Samadhi -- there Mahaprabhu is staying at present in the form of Vijay Vigraha. And such a big, and glorious Vijay Vigraha you will not see anywhere. And the devotees also are very happy with that swan-boat. It is very simple but also very strong; and full of devotees, Mahaprabhu is going for His divine water play and giving His darshan in the Govinda Kunda Mandir.

Sripad Goswami Maharaj: Mahaprabhu came out of Guru Maharaj's Samadhi on Chandan-yatra and came to the swan-boat and His Divine Grace entered the Water Temple there. And later when Mahaprabhu returned to Guru Maharaj's Samadhi, you told Guru Maharaj, "Your Divine Grace's wish is now fulfilled."

Srila Govinda Maharaj (laughing): Actually I had forgotten that, but I am very happy to see that what I could not do for such a long time, now with the help of Acharyya Maharaj I have accomplished that.

~An extract from Sri Gaudiya Darshan, June 2006 issue

The festival begins.

Worship of Sriman Mahaprabhu and Harinama-sankirtan continue on the boat.

The devotees are blessed with Srila Gurudev's association on the 'swan-boat.'

Sriman Mahaprabhu circumambulates Sri Giriraj's Temple several times before going inside the Temple.

Sripad Damodar Maharaj worships Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Giriraj in Their Temple in the centre of Sri Govinda Kunda.

Mahaprabhu's merciful Prasadam is distributed to all the devotees.

Sriman Mahaprabhu accepts service from the devotees as He returns to Srila Sridhar Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir.

Directly afterwards, Sripad B.N. Acharyya Maharaj with an enthusiastic group of devotees starts from the Math for a four-day preaching excursion -- one of several in the run up to Sri Gaura Purnima.

  Also: Article about today's Water Play Pastimes by Sripad B.V. Trivikram Maharaj
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