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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thousands enthralled by Prem Mandir anniversary with Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj

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Video slideshow of Prem Mandir anniversary 2013 with Shree Maharajjji
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First part of a beautiful article by Mr. Shekhar, a staunch follower of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, describing the grand festivities during the 2-day Prem Mandir anniversary event on March 7th and 8th 2013:

Shree Maharaj Ji came from Barsana to Vrindavan. In the afternoon he sat in Prem Mandir for about 2 hours where kirtan was done. Kirtan in Prem Mandir in itself is such a great feeling and then when Shree Maharaj Ji is present there, it feels like all Braj Ras is present there only.

Towards evening, all the preparations were going on for the next day's prasad distribution. There was to be Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Leela in the evening (from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm).

Prem Mandir Vrindavan anniversary with Kripalu Ji Maharajji
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj leading kirtan in Prem Mandir

Kaliya Naag Leela's idol seemed to be almost towards the finishing now. Kaliya naag idol would move backward and forward while Shree Krishna danced on the top of its head. The eyes of Kaliya naag glow off and on. Also, red color came out of Kaliya naag at regular intervals (symbolizing blood - as Shree Krishn was dancing over him).

In the garden where Radha Krishn Jhoolan Leela is displayed, there were a  number of light effects added which made it look even more Divine. Also displayed there was Prem Mandir Vaarshik Mahotsav (in Hindi). Govardhan Hill now has water flowing from the top,  and also lights of different effects have been added, which gives it a mesmerizing effect.

Shree Maharaj Ji's car entered the Mandir premises around 6:15 pm. Aarti was performed and then Maharaj Ji sat in the front where Gaurang Mahaprabhu leela was being performed. The leela was about "Hari Naam Prachaar" and "Jagai Madhai Udhaar". In this Leela, it was shown how Nityanand and Haridas ji went for naam prachaar after getting the order of their Guru - Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. There they met different people whom they tried to convince to take the name of Hari. While many people started taking the name of the lord and feeling ecstatic in doing so, there was one who person who did not get convinced (and hence returned empty handed in terms of happiness). In the leela it was said that "Paapi ka udhaar to ho sakta hai lekin Nindak ka udhhar atyant kathin hai" (Liberation of a sinful person is possible but it is extremely difficult for someone who has criticized God and Saints).

Prem Mandir Vrindavan anniversary with Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharajji
Devotees lost in devotion to Radha Krishna, in the Divine presence of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj during Prem Mandir Anniversary 2013

Prem Mandir Vrindavan anniversary with Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharajji
Devotees with Shree Maharajji in Prem Mandir
During the whole leela, devotees were asked to raise the hands and say Hari Bol. Whenever devotees were asked to do so, Maharaj Ji would also raise his hands. A different glow would come on his face and he would say Hariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Bol. He motivated all the saadhaks to take Hari naam with love by doing it this way. Can there be a better way to taking name of Hari than in front of Shree Maharaj Ji?

After the leela Maharaj Ji went and congratulated the people who were performing the leela and he looked so happy there. Then he left for Shyama Shyaam Dham. Devotees planned for next day's sewa for the prasad distribution event and then went to sleep. It was announced that morning aarti will be performed in Shyama Shyam Dham at 4:15 am.

The event was reported in all the main Hindi news media. Aaj Ki Khabar News ran the following story (translated from Hindi):

Prem Mandir Vrindavan anniversary with Kripalu Ji Maharajji
Prem Mandir beautifully lit up during the first anniversary celebration on March 8th and 9th 2013

On the final day of two day annual celebration of the mesmerizing Prem Mandir at Vrindavan, thousands of devotees were captivated by the sankirtan performed in the Divine presence of Jagadguru 1008 Swami Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj. Shree Maharaj ji entered the Prem Mandir premises and joined the thousands of devotees that thronged the amazing Prem Mandir on the occasion of its first Annual celebrations.

Amidst the chants of Vedic Mantras, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj himself performed the abhishek of the Shree Vigrahas of Shree Radha Krishna and Sita Ram. Celestial sounds of dhol manjira and other instruments echoed throughout the abhishek and it seemed as if Divinity was itself reverberating in the spiritual abode that is Prem Mandir.

Prem Mandir, an inimitable confluence of devotion and faith where the pious stream of devotion and Bhagvad Love flows and anyone who visits this Divine abode gets rid of all the sins. Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj has blessed the world with the gift that is truly unmatched in the entire world and that is the Prem Mandir.

On 14th January 1957, the Kashi Vidwat Parishat conferred the original title of Jagadguruttam on Shree Maharaj ji and in the years to come, Shree Maharaj ji has been decorated with the titles of Bhaktiyog Rasavatar, Nikhiladarshansamanvayacharya and many more. The Divine discourses of Jagadguru 1008 Swami Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj signify his deep, devout and astonishing understanding of the Shastras and the Vedas, a fact that the entire world recognizes today as the spiritual discourses of Shree Maharaj ji reaches crores of his devotees across the world through television media.

Despite possessing an extraordinary personality, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the epitome of humility and modesty. The devotees are amazed by his humble, unassuming and affectionate behaviour when they meet him. Even before the title of Jagadguru, Shree Maharaj ji has been making huge efforts for the welfare of humanity the pious work continues till date. Shree Maharaj ji is like a vast sea that is filled with the waters of love and compassion that knows no boundaries. The mere darshan of Maharaj ji, as his devotees say, absolves one of all imaginable grief and one can feel Divine love embracing his entire being.

This love and compassion of Maharaj ji is exhibited by Prem Mandir in Vrindavan and shall till times immemorial fascinate millions of devotees across the globe with its Divine message of Bhagvadiya Prem.

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