Gaura Purnima Festival – the Holy Appearance Day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (fasting until moonrise)

This was taken from “Prologue” to “Teachings of Lord Caitanya” (A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 1974. pages xiii-xxii.)

Caitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Mayapur in the town of Nadia just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna (1407 Sakadba), answering to the 18th of February 1486 of the Christian Era. The moon was eclipsed at the time of His birth, and the people of Nadia were then engaged, as was usual on such occasions, in bathing in the Bhagirathi with loud cheers of Haribol. His father, Jagannatha Misra, a poor ‘brahmana’ of the Vedic order, and His mother, Saci-devi, a model good woman, both descended from ‘brahmana’ stock originally residing in Sylhet. Mahaprabhu was a beautiful child, and the ladies of the town came to see Him with presents. His mother’s father, Pandita Nilambara Cakravarti, a renowned astrologer, foretold that the child would be a great personage in time; and he, therefore, gave him the name Visvambhara. MORE.

Schedule of Events for the Day:


  • 4:30 a.m. – Mangal Arati
  • 7:20 a.m. – Guru Puja
  • 8:00 a.m. – Deity Greeting (New Outfit)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Lecture – Caitanya Lila
  • 9:30 a.m. – Abhisheka of Gaura Nitai Deities- all participate
  • 9:30 a.m. – Ongoing bhajans
  • 12:00 noon – Raj Bhoga Arati
  • 4:15 p.m. – Arati and Maha Kirtan
  • 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Bhaktivedanta Academy
  • 5:30 p.m. – Sri Caitanya Astatarasatta Nama (108 names) Fire Yajna (Homa)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sundhaya Arati and maha kirtan, distribution of Holi colors
  • 7:00 p.m. – Prasadam Feast and Bonfire Burning of Holika
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