Nityananda Triyodasi 2011
Posted by iskconklnews on February 22, 2011
By SJMKL IT Dept
Lord Nityananda Appearance day festival
Wednesday, 16th Feb 2011
nama om vishnu padaya krsna presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te saraswate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
jaya sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
“Nitai pada kamala koti candra sushi tala…”.
The divine lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are very soothing equivalent to thousands of moon.
Sri Jagannatha Mandir celebrated the festival of “Nityanada Triyodasi” in its traditional style, the evening of Wednesday, the 16th of February. The temple hall was filled with divine love, which Lord Nityananda had himself propagated in the district of Nadiya (‘nadiya godruma nityananda mahajan’). The devotees had observed a fast until noon, as per the tradition, to show their eagerness and appreciation on the appearance of the most munificent incarnation and also to seize the wonderful opportunity to spend more time engaging in devotional service.
It being a working day, the celebrations began in the evening with Guru puja as Lord Nityananda is the adi-guru followed by the Gaura Arati. Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Sundar Gaura Hari were showered with different coloured flower petals with the Nityanandastaka composed by Vrindavan dasa thakur being recited simultaneously. It appeared as if the demigods themselves showered unlimited flowers from higher planetary systems in the glorification of the merciful nature of Their Lordships as sung by Locana dasa thakur in his devotional song “parama karuna pahu dui jana nitati gaura candra….” The environment filled the hearts with a sense of deep gratitude as their merciful Lords were delivering the fallen souls of Kali Yoga like me.
A melodious kirtan was then performed by the sweet and enthusiastic kirtaniyas of Shri Jagannath Mandir bringing about the actual mood of taking shelter of the divine lotus feet of the lord. It was later explained in a discourse which followed that Lord Nityananda is the shelter of the mercy in the panca-tatva associates of the Supreme Lord Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We thus got an opportunity to meditate on the various activities of the Lord while meaningful prayers in the form of bhajans by previous vaishnava acharyas were sung glorifying Lord Nityananda.
HG Sudrashan prabhu later presented an enlightening discourse on the transcendental activities of Lord Nityananda. The festival approached it’s culmination with an ecstatic kirtan and a grand feast, truly satisfying to the body, mind and senses.
On this auspicious occasion, I pray to Lord Nityananda to give me shelter at his lotus feet and make me recipient of his causeless mercy as I am the most fallen in all my endeavors. I also remembered a prayer which HG Radha Gopinath prabhu recently shared with us-
“O my lord, give me the courage and humility to accept who I am, and intelligence to not remain where I am”.
Aspiring to be an instrument in the hands of ‘Nitai Gauranga’ and their loving servants.