what to expect

  • festive atmosphere
  • great devotional music
  • heart touching talks
  • beautiful devotional rituals
  • incredible free vegetarian feasts

Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sannyasi (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth, and the New York Times Bestseller The Journey Within, Exploring the Path of Bhakti. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gitaSrimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths.

SRI GAURACHANDRA INSTALLATION FESTIVAL

with special guest Radhanath Swami

dates –
Day 1 / october 3rd – Fundraising Event with Radhanath Swami
Day 2 /october 4th  –  Installation Ceremonies Begin
Day 3 /october 5th –  Completing The Installation Ceremonies & Celebrating Rasa Purnima

time – see schedule below

location – the bhakti center / temple 3e

admission – free of charge


The Bhakti Center is very happy to invite you to attend the Sri Gaurachandra Installation Festival!

For over twenty years 25 First Avenue has been the home of the beautiful Temple of Sri Sri Radha Muralidhara (Radha & Krishna). This October the divine form of Sri Chaitanya will be installed to share the altar with them. He will be called Sri Gaurachandra (The Golden Moon).

Sri Chaitanya is Krishna immersed in the devotional mood of Radha. He popularized the practice of kirtan (congregational chanting of the names of God). His followers revere him as an incarnation of Krishna, prophesied in the later chapters of The Srimad Bhagavatam, who appeared to teach the path of Bhakti.

We welcome the opportunity to have his divine presence at The Bhakti Center, and to worship Him through  the beautiful meditative rituals that have been carefully preserved for centuries, handed down in a lineage of the great saints and teachers of the Bhakti-yoga tradition.

The ceremony to install Sri Gaurachandra in the temple will take place over a three day period beginning with a fundraising event on October 3rd and culminating in a grand festival on the evening of October 5th.

Special Guest Radhanath Swami will grace us with his presence during the entire festival. We invite you to join us for three days of talks, kirtans, feasts and sacred rituals – a very special, once in a lifetime event in the history of the Bhakti Tradition in New York City.

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SCHEDULE
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Day 1 – Fundraising Event with Radhanath Swami
Wednesday, October 3

The first night of the festival is a fundraising event – an opportunity to come together as a community to prepare the center to welcome Sri Gaurachandra. Our goal is to raise $75,000, which will cover new outfits and paraphernalia for Sri Gaurachandra’s seva, festival expenses and the remaining building improvement and repairs.

6:30 – 7:00pm – kirtan
7:00 – 8:00pm – talk by Radhanath Swami
8:00 -8:30pm – fundraising presentation by Virabhadra Ram
8:30pm – kirtan & feast serve out begins
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Day 2 – Installation Ceremonies Begin
Wednesday, October 4

On day two we will begin the sacred rites to invite the Lord to appear. This will be the public’s first chance to see the form of Sri Gaurachandra. The evenings festivities will be accompanied by beautiful kirtan throughout.

6:30pm – kirtan
7:00 – 9:00pm –  adivas ceremony (a traditional ceremony that precedes any auspicious event)
8:30pm – feast serve out begins
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Day 3 – Completing The Installation Ceremonies & Celebrating Rasa Purnima
Thursday, October 5

On the final day we will complete all the rites for the installation of the Deity in the morning. In the evening guests will have their first darshan of Sri Gaurachandra residing on the altar alongside Sri Sri Radha Muralidhara, full dressed and decorated. The evening is also the celebration of Rasa Purnima, the night that Krishna dances with the gopis and the beginning of the sacred month of Kartik. Radhanath Swami will speak, there will be wonderful kirtan, singing of the Damodarastakam, and all guest will have the opportunity to offer lamps the Radha Muralidhara and Sri Gaurachandra.

morning
9:00 – 11:00am – preliminary rites, homa & prana pratistha (homa – offering of oblations made into a sacred fire accompanied by mantra  /  prana pratistha – the ceremony by which the form is consecrated in the temple, with hymns and mantras recited to invoke the presence the Deity, and Sri Gaurachandra’s eyes are opened for the first time)
11:00am – 12:30pm – Maha Abhishek (ceremonial bath of the deity accompanied by kirtan)
1:00pm – Lunch

evening
6:00pm – kirtan
6:30pm – first Darshan and Gaura Arati
7:00 – 8:00pm – talk by Radhanath Swami
8:00pm – lamp offering and singing of the Damodarastakam (in celebration of Rasa Purnima & the beginning of the month of Kartik)
(feast serve out begins)