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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thousands enthralled by Prem Mandir anniversary with Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj - Part 2

Aaj Ki Khabar news report about Prem Mandir Anniversary celebration with Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharajji. Click here to watch on youtube
Part 2 of a wonderful article by Shashank Shekhar about Prem Mandir's 1st anniversary celebration with Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, which took place on March 7th & 8th 2013. Read Part 1 here: Part 1

Prem Mandir anniversary with Kripalu Ji Maharaj, Jagadguru of  Vrindavan
JKP Volunteers and satsangis of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj preparing prasad for devotees and visitors

It was around 3:30 am and all the satsangees were getting ready for the aarti. Satsangis found accommodation in either Shyama Shyam Dham, Jagadguru Dham or nearby ashrams. At about 4am, all devotees were in the hall and hall was filled to capacity.

Before aarti could begin, recorded bhajans were being played. It was feeling so serene to be able to participate in Satsang in Shyama Shyam Dham in the morning time while waiting for Maharaj Ji to come. Maharaj Ji came around 4:30 am and he got the aarti started by saying Aarti Pritam Pyaari... After aarti was performed, Charan Abhishek was done. Then, kirtan continued till 5:30 am after which it was announced that satsangis need to go to Prem Mandir to have morning prasad (breakfast). Satsangis reached there around 6 am and at that time parikrama was going on in Prem Mandir. They attended the parikrama and kirtan inside Prem Mandir which continued till 6:30 am. Then satsangis went for breakfast which was arranged in a well organized tent. As usual, ladies and gents had their separate sections. Breakfast had salad sandwich, coffee and sauce. It was special breakfast probably because of the occasion.

Kripalu Ji Maharajji graced visitors with a delicious prasad lunch
Vrindavan kids eating their fill

Kripalu Ji Maharajji graced Vrindavan villagers with a delicious prasad lunch
Ladies of Vrindavan enjoying a delicious prasad feast, received from satsangis of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj graced Vrindavan villagers with a delicious prasad lunch
The queue was long, but with the dedicated service of the volunteers, everyone was served quickly

Kripalu Ji Maharajji graced Vrindavan villagers with a delicious prasad lunch
With the blessings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, all visitors received prasad from the stall as they left Prem Mandir premises during Prem Mandir's 1st Year Anniversary celebrations (Day 2)

Maharaj Ji’s residence inside Jagadguru Dham is still under construction though there is good progress, and it has started looking very beautiful already. Preparation for prasad distribution stage setup got started. Some people had the seva of getting the prasad items from the kitchen to the distribution venue while others were coordinating together so as to manage the crowd and distribute prasad. It was 8:25 am and the Mandir gate was opened. Suddenly a huge rush could be seen entering the temple. People went to the temple and came back to have prasad. There were two queues there – one for males while other for females. There was huge rush and all the Sadhaks were distributing the prasad while taking the 'Radhey' name and encouraging people to take that name. There was smile on face of people while they were accepting the prasad and were chanting the 'Radhey' name.

After a while, suddenly it was announced that Maharaj Ji’s car was going to enter from the same gate where Prasad was being distributed. Immediately, all the queue managers were removed so as to make way for Maharaj Ji’s car. Everyone felt so blessed that Maharaj Ji gave them darshan right at the counter where they were doing seva. What an encouragement it was! His one look fills everyone with so much energy and enthusiasm.

Then, Maharaj Ji went to Prem Mandir and did kirtan for sometime. Abhishek was performed inside the temple where Maharaj Ji did the abhishek himself. Prasad was being distributed to all visitors all this while. There were many visitors who came multiple times just to get to taste the prasad. Also, there are many resident in Vrindavan who do not get ample food everyday. Even they got prasad; as much as they wanted. All the local tempo drivers etc. could be seen there also. There were many people who came inside the temple and directly went to have prasad. They were being asked to have darshan first and then have prasad. Around 11 pm, it was heard that Maharaj Ji’s car was coming. Generally, Maharaj Ji’s car exits from the Jagadguru Dham’s gate. However, Maharaj Ji’s car came near the Prasad distribution venue and stopped. Maharaj Ji asked for the prasad which was being given to all the devotees. One plate of prasad was offered to Maharaj Ji. There was no special preparation done in that prasad. The same prasad which was given to all visitors was given to Maharaj Ji. Maharaj Ji greeted everyone with folded hands and smiled at everyone. Then the car was started again and it left for Shyama Shyaam Dham.

Kripalu Ji Maharajji graced Vrindavan villagers with a delicious prasad lunch
Kirtan with Kripalu Ji Maharajji in Prem Mandir

The mandir gates were closed at 12:00 pm. Prasad distribution ended at 12:30 pm. The volunteers doing various seva were given prasad (yummy badam milk) from Swami Yugal Sharan at 1:15 pm.

Next morning, kirtan was held at Shyama Shyam Dham at 3 pm. At 4 pm, Maharaj Ji left for Barsana. Prasad distribution again started at 4:30 pm when temple gates were again opened. Prasad distribution team went on till 8:45 pm. At times there was a huge rush in the temples and many devotees came to help at the prasad distribution counter. With this, the 1st year anniversary celebration ended in Prem Mandir. The official figures of the number of visitors has not been announced yet but the estimated number of devotees must not be less than 10,000 – all of whom got prasad that day.

Media coverage of Prem Mandir 1st annivesary with Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharajji

Kripalu Ji Maharajji and Prema Mandira anniversary featured in Dainak Jagran
Dainik Jagran lead with a lovely article about the celebration with Shree Kripalu Ji
Latest news of Kripaluji Maharaj in 2013
Hindustan featured story on this grand event with Shree Kripalu Ji Maharajji
Kripalu Ji Maharajji's latest news in the Hindi media
Prem Mandir anniversary with Kripalu Maharajji in Sea Express

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