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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sharat Poornima & Shree Maharajji's birthday celebration 2008

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in the gardens of Barsana Dham

This week, devotees in Mangarh and around the world celebrated a most joyous occasion... Sharat Poornima, the Divine night when Radha Krishna revealed the supreme Bliss of maharas to uncountable Gopis in Vrindaban about 5,000 years ago. It is the full moon night which falls in October.

This particular day is precious in our lives for the added reason that our beloved Shree Maharajji appeared on that night in 1922 in Mangarh. This is the most important celebration at Bhakti Dham, Mangarh. The village overflows with devotees who come from overseas and all over India to participate in the festivities. The Sadhana Hall and the stage are magnificently decorated. In the early morning thousands of devotees wearing yellow shawls form a procession where Shree Maharajji sits on an elegantly decorated chariot. The procession starts from the residence of Shree Maharajji with loud cheers. Chanting and dancing accompany the procession as it approaches the Satsang Hall. The chanting and rejoicing goes on throughout the day. Shree Maharajji enlightens the hearts and minds of the audience with his speech that reveals the Bliss of maharas. Stage plays of Radha Krishna leelas are enacted by the devotees and cultural programs of devotional songs and dances express devotees' love and dedication to Shree Maharajji and Radha Krishna.

Early morning, at 2am, devotees gathered outside the room of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj for ecstatic kirtan which continued throughout the morning. Later, Shree Maharajji threw handfuls and handfuls of candy to all the devotees in a celebratory style. Throughout the day, devotees had the joy of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj visiting their rooms, doing charan pooja to him, kirtan, arti... Later in the day, Ammaji and Shree Maharajji cut a decorated cake which was lovingly prepared by devotees and in the evening, there were dances and entertaining cultural programs to celebrate the occasion. Throughout the Sadhana program, some of the most joyous festivals are celebrated. One upcoming celebration is Diwali on October 28th.

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