Sri Gaura Purnima 2013

You are cordially invited to attend Sri Gaura Purnima Festival at our temple located at 66 Brewster Street , Suva. The festival will be held on 27th March from morning and willl finish at 9pm at night ( day time there may be outside activities ). Sri Gaura Purnima Festival is celebrated on the appearance day of Lord Krishna in the form of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the most merciful incarnation of the Lord, is also referred to as Gauranga because of his golden complexion. He appeared in the beginning of Kali-yuga to start the congregation chanting of holy names. The Maha-Mantra that we chant was started by him and its was by his mercy that fallen souls got the opportunity to taste the transcendental bliss. When he came, he was accompanied by his associates from the spiritual world such as Lord Balaram in the form of Lord Nityananda. There are many citations, evidences and references in Vedic scriptures of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance in the age of Kali-yuga. The great saints and sages of India have confirmed him to be Lord Krishna’s incarnation with matching information about his place, time and lineage of birth. Anyone who prays to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will surely attain Lord Krishna’s abode. His life is full of beautiful past-times that can be read from Sri Chaitanya Caritamrta.

The Suva temple program is as follows:

4.30 am – Mangal Arati 

5.00 am – Japa ( Chanting / meditation of Maha Mantra)

6.00 am  Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja

6.15 am  Srimad Bhagavad Katha

7.00 am  Darshan of Lord Gauranga and other deities at the temple 

8-12.30  ( devotees can do book distribution, prasad distribution, harinaam and sankirtan)

12.30 pm Midday Arati

1.00 – 6.00 pm  ( devotees can do book distribution, prasad distribution, harinaam and sankirtan)

6.30 pm Sri Gaura Arati

7.00 pm Abhishek 

8.00 pm Pravachan on Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu

9.00 pm Grand Arati

Maha Prasadam follows

( Devotees are expected to fast till noon )

Attached is a beautiful poster that you can circulate amongst your friends and family for them to also participate at this festival.

Gaura Purnima Poster

Food distribution report

FOOD DISTRIBUTION REPORT
Soon after the major flooding disaster that inundated the Western Division of Viti Levu, Hare Krsna devotees quickly mobilized their resources to help the needy people. Our main focus was to distribute cooked vegetarian food in evacuation centers and in areas severely affected by the flood.
Devotees began distributing food from Sita Ram Temple in Nadi and Krsna Kaliya Temple in Lautoka. Our many thanks to members of Sita Ram Temple for providing us with a wonderful facility for cooking. They also provided transportation and help in cooking and distributing food in Nawaka and Navakai areas. Pandu Prabhu was coordinating the exercise and Hari Sauri Prabhu was the main cook. We would like to thank Pandu Prabhu and his team for soliciting donations and taking a great initiative in organizing everything in Nadi. Many thanks to our Donors in Nadi.
In Lautoka, devotees distributing food in evacuation centres with the help of DISMAC officials. We would like to sincerely thank Kalpesh Patel of Supreme Fuel for donating and transporting goods to Krsna Kaliya Temple and to Jay Dayals Compound in Ba in the initial period to give a big boost to our exercise. A total of 14,250 plates of food were given out to people in evacuation centres. Mr Jay Dayal of Dayals Saw Millers in Ba provided cooking facilities at his home and helped with transportation. Mahasingh Prabhu and his two sons (Sanjeev and Kamal) camped in Ba for 5 days and they were distributing 1000-1200 plates of food daily to severely affected villages and settlements. A total number of 7600 plates of food were given out in Ba. Sacimata and Radhasharan Prabhu provided help in Ba and Nadi and arranged Donations from Melbourne to prepare food rations. A total number of 150 families received these rations in Ba and Nadi. We would also like to thank Roy Prabhu and Sanatan Prabhu for providing transport and manpower during Easter weekend.
We would also like to sincerely thank Uday Sen and members of Radio Apna New Zealand for organizing a massive amount of groceries including Rice, Dhal, Flour, Sugar, Salt and Rotis which was another big boost to our exercise. This was received on the 7th of April 2012.
The second phase of our operation has been giving of lunch packs to students in schools in Nadi and Lautoka. We got inspiration and help from Mr Chandra Shekhar of Save the Children Fund who provided us with the information that a number of parents were not sending their children to school because they had no food to provide for their children’s lunch. Hari Sauri Prabhu started distributing promptly and to date devotees have distributed a total number of 7975 lunch packs to eleven different schools in Nadi. We continue to cook at Sita Ram Temple in Namaka and we are very grateful to Manoj and his members. Hari Sauri prabhu is doing a wonderful job of cooking and coordinating the distribution in Nadi. We have received a major cash Donation from Australian Aid (AUD12, 000) and this money is being used to give out lunch packs to affected students. Our sincere thanks to Australian government for their very kind gesture. In Lautoka, devotees have so far distributed 12,692 plates of lunch packs to 14 different schools. We would like to thank Radha Mohini, Jay Lalita and Nandanandan Prabhu who have been helping with cooking. Many thanks to Nand Kishore Prabhu for co-ordinating the relief efforts in Lautoka. We would like to thank Mr Shekhar of Save the Children Fund for giving us groceries worth thousands of dollars that was donated to Save the children fund by FMF. Our school lunch time distribution will continue for next 4 weeks. Once again a big thank you to all our donors and devotees who have provided help and support.

Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival

Let’s celebrate the Life and Teaching of that personality who has given us the knowledge about Lord Krishna, a philosopher, scholar and a bonafide spiritual master , the Founder Acarya of ISKCON His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We are inviting all ISKCON devotees, well wishers and the general public to be part of Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival that will coincide with the Public Holiday for Fiji Day. The program is a colorful one organized for devotees to collectively celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s achievements and also to go through the memory lane on his preaching activities in Fiji during the time when Krishna Consciousness was spreading like wild fire across the globe as a result of his immense amount of preaching.

Devotees are kindly requested that for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada ( if he is pleased than absolutely no doubt Lord Krishna will be pleased too) we are arranging many opportunities for devotees to serve Srila Prabhupada which are as follows :

1. Decoration of Srila Prabhupada Asana and temple 2. Preparation of Feast
3. Day time book distribution / Sankirtan ( that will be announced in the evening)
4. Harinaam during the day time ( will be announced in the evening)
5. Set up of temple hall from 5.30 pm for the festival
6. Preparing flower garlands and decorations for Srila Prabhupada
7. Cleaning of deity kitchen, temple hall, Srila Prabhupada museum and temple compound
8. Attend Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival etc

Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival will be held on 10th October, 2013 ( Public Holiday – Thursday ,Fiji Day) from 6.00 pm at the the Temple Hall. Devotees are kindly requested to be seated by 5.45 pm for the screening of Srila Prabhupada in Fiji DVD at  6pm.

Devotees present at the festival will also be able to collect a special Prabhupada Memory (gift) from the temple ( it contains Prabhupada’s bhajans and prayers recited by him).

There will be cultural performances by ISKCON Youths and Gurukul students besides glorification of Srila Prabhupada by senior Vaishnava’s. The program is expected to be concluded with Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja and feast organized for everyone.

Please circulate the invitation to as many people as you can get. Below is the invitation card

prabhupada festival invitation-1

This is our little endeavor to unite and enthuse devotees to serve Srila Prabhupada’s institution. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

For further information please contact
Radhakanta Das 9992163

Lord Vamanadev Appearance invitation

Invitation is extended to everyone for a wonderful festival Lord Vamanadev Appearance today , 17th September, 2013 at Sri Radha Golokabihari Temple. The celebration is to mark the holy apperance day of Lord Vamandev. The program will be as follows:

6.30 pm     Gaura Arati
7.00 pm     Kirtans and Bhajans by devotees
7.30 pm     Pravachan byHH Bir Krishna Goswami Maharaj ( Sanyasi / GBC from USA)
8.15 pm     Questions and answers
8.30            Feast ( dinner)

Please come along and celebrate Lord Vamandev’s appearance. Lord Vamanadeva appeared in this world from the womb of Aditi completely equipped with conchshell, disc, club and lotus. His bodily hue was blackish, and He was dressed in yellow garments. Lord Vishnu appeared at an auspicious moment on Sravana-dvadasi when the Abhijit star had arisen. At that time, in all the three worlds (including the higher planetary system, outer space and this earth), all the demigods, the cows, the brahmanas and even the seasons were happy because of God’s appearance. Therefore this auspicious day is called Vijaya. When the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has a sac-cid-ananda body, appeared as the son of Kasyapa and Aditi, both of His parents were very astonished. After His appearance, the Lord assumed the form of a dwarf (Vamana). All the great sages expressed their jubilation, and with Kasyapa Muni before them they performed the birthday ceremony of Lord Vamana.