what to expect

  • festive atmosphere (it’s a birthday party!)
  • great devotional music
  • live drama
  • beautiful traditional rituals
  • offer a real coconut full of water and receive one in return
  • incredible free vegetarian feast
  • attendance: 250 people


celebrating the divine appearance of Sri Caitanya

date – saturday. march 4

time – 6:00 – 9:00pm

location – the bhakti center / temple 3e

admission – free of charge

March 12, 2017 marks the 531st anniversary of the birth of Sri Caitanya, the avatar and mystic saint who pioneered devotional yoga (Bhakti) in sixteenth-century India and began the practice of sacred chanting (kirtan) that has now spread around the world. The Bhakti Center will celebrate the occasion on Saturday, March 4th with the 5th Annual Roots of Kirtan Festival. The festival features special guest Rukmini Walker who will deliver a unique talk woven in with the Drama “The First Gaura Purnima”, in which the Bhakti saint Jahnava Devi narrates the story of the first celebration of Sri Caitanya’s birth anniversary. Special guest musicians will be announced soon.

A special feature of the evening will be a beautiful temple ceremony – the 5th Annual Coconut Abishek, where the divine forms of Sri Caitanya and Nityananda will be bathed with the water of hundreds of fresh coconuts. All guests will have the opportunity to give a donation for a coconut, bring it to the altar to bathe Sri Caitanya and receive in return a coconut full of maha prasadam coconut water charnamrita (the sanctified water which has just been offered). It is an enchanting ceremony to watch and participate in as beautiful kirtan is sung by everyone.

The evening will, of course, be filled with lots of kirtan and will conclude with a delicious feast served free of charge.


6:00pm – Kirtan

7:00pm – Drama/talk – “The First Gaura Purnima”

7:45pm – Kirtan & Maha Coconut Abhisheik

(Prasadam serve out will begin at 7:45pm)


If you would like to sponsor any part of the festival (including decorations, feast, ect.)  please contact Sundarnath Das at Sundarnath@bhakticenter.org.


If you would like to help volunteer with seva for this beautiful festival please sign up here.