Sri Gaura Purnima
Celebrating the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
The Golden Avatara
7th March 2023 (Tuesday)
6:30pm to 9:45pm
6:30pm to 7:00pm – Sandhya Arati/Kirtan
7:20pm to 8:10pm – Maha Abhishek
8:10pm – 9:10pm – Cultural Performance
9:15pm to 9:45pm – Prasadam
A grand arati is performed to the accompaniment of the Gaura Arati, a song composed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. After the arati, the Deities are bathed in a Grand Abhishek with ghee, milk, yogurt, juices, and sanctified water.
There will be a cultural show which comprises dance and drama about the pastimes and glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu enacted by the devotees of ISKM Singapore.
The day’s celebrations end with the distribution of sumptuous ekadasi prasadam.
No.9 Lorong 29 Geylang, #03-02, Singapore 388065
FASTING TILL MOONRISE – 7:18PM
Devotees are advised to fast from grains and water till moonrise on this most auspicious day of Sri Gaura Purnima.
Devotees break their fast at the moonrise (7:18 pm) with Anukalpa Prasadam (grain-free items).
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In the Vedic scriptures, Lord Krishna was prophesied to appear as the Golden Avatara, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, to spread the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare, and help people attain spiritual perfection by countering the negative influence of this age of quarrel and hypocrisy.
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is considered the most benevolent incarnation, as he freely gave the process for delivering fallen souls from the clutches of Maya without any condition or discrimination. He introduced the Sankirtana Movement, which involves joyfully chanting and dancing the Holy Name of the Lord, without the need for understanding Vedic scripture, undergoing severe austerities, performing expensive fire sacrifices, or complicated temple worship.
By chanting the Holy Name of the Lord, one can immediately transcend the negative influence of this dark age, experience a higher taste, and discard the lower taste that perpetually shackles us in the miserable material prison house.
THE GOLDEN AVATAR
Gaura Purnima marks the revered arrival of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, also known as the Golden Avatara, and is celebrated as one of the most important festivals for Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Lord Krishna with the loving mood of Srimati Radharani, appeared on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna in the year 1486 AD at Sridham Mayapura, as the son of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachidevi. His mission was to establish the Sankirtana Movement, the congregational chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord, as the yuga dharma for the age of Kali.
Contribute towards decorating the Deities of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai with colourful flower garlands (Pushpalankara Seva) on the day of Sri Gaura Purnima.
Sponsor a new set of dresses for their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. These unique dresses are specially handmade and ordered from Vrindavan.
Sponsor the grand Maha-Abhishek of Sri Gaura-Nitai, who will bathe in milk, ghee, yogurt, and sanctified waters/juices.
Be a sponsor of the special maha-prasad offered to Sri Gaura-Nitai as well as sponsorship of prasada served to all the guests who participate in this festival.
Mandir Puspa Seva
Contribute towards decorating the altar and temple hall of ISKM with colourful flower garlands, mango leaves and banana plants on the day of Sri Gaura Purnima.
General contribution to this festival in support of the transcendental advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
BE A VOLUNTEER
We are excited to have your help as a volunteer. As a volunteer, you will play an essential role in making this event a success.
We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers who can commit to it.
If you are interested in volunteering for this festival, please let us know by filling up the form. We will provide you with more information about the festival and volunteer roles and answer any questions you may have after receiving your details.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to join our team and help make this festival successful.