Gaura Purnima is one among the most auspicious day in the Vedic's calendar. In Mayapur it is the biggest festival throughout the whole year. Gaura Purnima is the celebration of the appearance day of Lord Caitanya.
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) is the incarnation of Lord Krishna himself, a combination of Srimati Radharani and Lord Krishna who appeared in the age of Kali. The secret behind Lord Caitanya's incarnation, is Lord Krishna decided to live in the role of Radharani to show us how to love Krishna.
Lord Krishna thought in Goloka, "I shall personally inaugurate the religion of the age; nama-sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord in the form of Lord Gauranga. By accepting the role of a devotee, I shall make the whole world dance in ecstasy, and thus realize the four mellows of loving devotional service. In this way, I shall teach devotional service to others by personally practicing it, for whatever a great personality does, common people will follow. Of course, My plenary portions can establish the religious principles for each age, but only I can bestow the kind of loving devotional service which is performed by the residents of Vraja."
The lord never declared that he was Krishna but the Vedic literature reveals so. Srimad Bhagavatam not only identifies Lord Caitanya but also explains his mission. He is the most munificent bestower of love of Krsna and the ideal teacher of life's prime necessities. He is the complete reservoir of all mercies and good fortune. Everyone can join in His sańkīrtana movement. No previous qualification is necessary. Just by following His teachings, anyone can become a perfect human being. If one is fortunate enough to be attracted by His features, one is sure to be successful in one's life mission. In other words, those who are interested in attaining spiritual existence can be easily relieved from the clutches of māyā by the grace of Lord Caitanya.
On Thursday 5th March, we celebrated Gaura Purnima in our Dublin Temple. The programme was made up of an evening of ecstatic kirtan, enlightening discussion and a nice prasadam. See picture of our beautiful lord Caitanya altar decorated and the blissful and peaceful atmosphere on that day.
Also, on Sunday 8th March, devotees from Dublin went to Govindadvipa Krishnaisland, Inis Rath Co. Fermanagh to celebrate the festival with some lively kirtan and exuberant dancing. See picture of Sri Sri Radha Govinda so blissfully decorated for this auspicious occasion.
We would also like to say many thanks to ALL the devotees who came to see Lord Caitanya this year on his Appearance Day. Most importantly, special thanks to all those who brought gifts, offered their help and sponsored the festival in other ways on this most auspicious day. All Glories To Your Service!
It was a wonderful festival. Again "Thank You" to everyone. May Lord Caitanya shower his blessings on you! Hare Krishna.