Monday, November 23, 2009

Odana Sasti darsan of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in Mayapur, 2009

Odana Sasti is the first day of winter. Sri Sri Radha-Madhava & asta-sakhis were dressed in Manipuri outfit, made in the memory of Bhakti Swarup Damodara Goswami.

To see photos taken in 2009 click this line

Monday, November 2, 2009

Srila Prabhupada Disapearance Day, Mayapur, 2009

Devotees observing Srila Prabhupada's disapearance night in Samadhi Mandir - aroti & offering lamps:

Kolkata - Srila Prabhupada's birth place. Sankarsan Prabhu, physical family member of Srila Prabhupada, talks about importance to preserve places of Prabhupada's early life.

Poem Srila Prabhupada wrote to glorify His Spiritual Master, Bhaktisidhanta Saraswati Thakur - reading by RajendranandanaPrabhu:

Devotees assembled in Srila Prabhupada Samadhi, ISKCON Mayapur, to celebrate His Divine Grace's disapearance day. Devotees singing Samsara song - prayers to spiritual master.

Hare Krishna kirtan on Srila Prabhupada Disapearance Day in Samadhi Mandir:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Divali lamps offering at Damodara aroti

There nearly 4000 devotees came with him to Mayapur, with so many people lamps offering in the temple is spectacular expirience.

Radhanatha Swami is leading Damodara prayers.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ISKCON Mayapur Goshala - cow's recovery from foot-&-mouth disease

They just have recovered from very dangerous foot-&-mouth disease. Many have died, however, many of the main milking heard cows have survived. Milk is little less now, but the cows are still offering their milk to Radha-Madhava and devotees here, hopefully they will continue to get well.

Radhapati, the old padayatra bull, have expired 3 days ago and was put in Samadhi behind Gosala. He was pulling cart with Gaura-Nitai deities in whole India Padayatra for years, then retired in Mayapur Gosala and have now gone back to Godhead.

A new little cow was born, the calf is very small and prematurely born from recovered from the disease mother. The baby cow appears to be healthy and running on her own feet now.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Srila Prabhupada's Trees

by Giriraj Swami

Srila Prabhupada had to struggle very hard to build the Juhu temple. The first struggle was to get the land, the next struggle was to get the permission to build the temple, and the last struggle was to actually build the temple and install the Deities. And we had worked very hard to get the permission, but Indian permits often include many conditions. So although they give permission, the permission is not actually valid until one fulfills the conditions.

One of the conditions was that we had to have an internal access road of a certain width. And it just so happened that right where the access road was supposed to go, there were some palm trees. Once, when Srila Prabhupada came to Juhu after being away for some time, he noticed that one or two of the trees had been cut down, and he was very concerned-I would even say upset.
He asked, "Why did you cut down the trees?" We thought we had the perfect answer: we had to build the temple, and to get the permission for the temple we had to cut the trees in the way of the road. Srila Prabhupada said, "No, you go to the municipality and tell them it's against our religion to cut down trees." So we had no choice, and we did it. And of course the municipal officers objected.

But one thing that really struck me about how concerned Srila Prabhupada was for the trees was that the next time he came back to Juhu after a world tour, practically the first thing he said was, "I was in Tehran, and I have seen they have trees in the middle of the streets. So we can also have trees in the middle of our street." So on Srila Prabhupada's order, we held our ground with the municipality, and in the end they gave us the permission to keep the tree. And even today you can see that tree, which Srila Prabhupada protected, still standing there with asphalt all around it.

So I am thinking that if Srila Prabhupada has so much concern and care - and even love, I would say - for a tree, then how much care and love he must have for us. And it's just because of Srila Prabhupada's care and mercy and protection that we are able to stand in Krsna consciousness--no matter what else is around us.

All glory to Srila Prabhupada.
Hare Krsna.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Big Kadamba trees are cut down to make way for the new temple

Yesterday Mayapur Project started to clear up grounds for the Temple of Vedic Planetarium to be built in the area presently taken by the famous Mayapur gardens, situated on the age of Rudra-dvipa (Antradvipa begins just behind Lotus building).
Big Kadamba trees are getting chopped down, nearly 100 trees have been sentenced to die for the greater good.

Earthquake in Mayapur

by Samba Das

On Monday 21st September, Mayapur was swayed by an earthquake that was centered just inside the border of Bhutan, where it registered as 6.1 on the richter scale.
I was sitting for a few minutes and at exactly 2.30 pm I felt the whole building swaying gently. The chimes above my head began to ring, and I saw the water in a 12 liter bottle on the concrete floor moving from side to side.
It was the first time I ever actually felt an earthquake. I had experienced one once in Los Angeles, but it was only for a split second, and I heard it rather than felt it.
Very few devotees in Mayapur even noticed it. If you were moving about you could not tell. My neighbor Madan Mohan (originally from Canada) confirmed that he also felt it while sitting at his computer.
It would be interesting to know what time exactly it struck in Bhutan. There apparently it was only for a moment, but in Mayapur it appeared to last for about 30 seconds, albeit just a gentle swaying.

Your servant
Samba das

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Radhastami in Mayapur, 2009

Here is a video of mangala-aroti after Radhastami:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Srila Prabhupada's Appearance Day celebration in Mayapur, August 2009

Srila Prabhupada's Appearance Day was celebrated in Mayapur by devotees offering their glorifications to His Divine Grace, followed by abhisekha, puspanjaly, Gurupuja, kirtan and prasad.
Devotees read their offerings from community Vyasa Puja Book offered to Srila Prabhupada. Hari Sauri Prabhu was MC of the program, Padmalochan Das presented Vyasa Puja book, which is hand-made by community devotees, Suchitendriya Das was translating to Bengali.

This year we offered 12-th Vyasa Puja Book of this kind for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada:

Vyasa Puja book offering - acknowledgments of devotees participating in making this large hand-made book for Srila Prabhupada:

Offering by Padmalochan Das:

Jananivasa Prabhu reading his offering to Srila Prabhupada:

Umapati Swami reads his offering to Srila Prabhupada:

Hrimati Mataji reads her offering to SrilaPrabhupada:

In the evening devotes offered lamps to Srila Prabhupada:

Children's program was orginised by Ragatmika Mataji and took place day before Janmastami in the SB class room on the second floor of Pancha-tattva temple extention blding.
Children held the full Vyasa Puja celebration with reading offerings, abhisek, puspanjaly, Gurupuja, kirtan and prasad.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Janmastami in ISKCON Mayapur temple, August 2009

Janmastami day darsan:

Mangala aroti next morning after Janmastami night, shot inside the altar:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Balarama Appearance Day in Mayapur, August 2009

Abhisekha in the temple:

breaking honey pot pastime on Lord Balarama's Appearance Day:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Devotees are busy making Vyasa Puja book

Mayapur devotees are busy making community Vyasa Puja book for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.
Vasa Puja offerings from Mayapur residents will be presented in a hand-made book, made by hands of community devotees.

pictures of work in progress:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Free calls within ISKCON Mayapur compound

Mayapur telephone exchange has adjusted the system of calling on Government land line phones within ISKCON Mayapur compound. Now we have to dial "9" before dialling the number we want to call. If you calling to a land-line phone within ISKCON compound you don't get charged for the call.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Offerings for Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja book

Dear Mayapur devotees,
Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisancies.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Please write your offering to Srila Prabhupada for His Vyasa Puja this year and send it to us for inclusion in the Community Vyasa Puja book.
Devotees are already working on making the book, please send your offerings before 4-th of August 2009.
Those who are presently in Mayapur, please print your offering or write it neatly by hand on one side of A-4 paper. You can submit the offerings to New Devotee office in the Long bld or give to us directly.

Thank you, Hare Krishna.

your servants,
Padmalochan Das & Vrindavan Lila Dasi

Friday, June 19, 2009

Jagannatha snana yatra celebration in Mayapur, June 2009

Lord of Universe, Jagannatha, along with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra are bathed by devotees 2 weeks before Ratha-yatra parade. On this ocasion not only priests, but lituraly EVERYONE is allowed to bathe and touch the Lord. It is once a year ocasion.
Snana yatra - bathing of Lord Jagannatha. The story is that the deity is bathed (on this ocasion everyone is allowed to come and bathe, touch the deity, normally only priests can do it).
Then Lord "catches cold" after so much bathing and goes to bed for 2 weks, when He is given a special medicine to get better, it made of mixed curd, cream, candy and butter with cinamon.
After He gets better we will have even a bigger festival, Ratha-yatra, Lord Jagannatha will go out of His temple (once a year ocasion) in a big cart with large wooden wheels pulled by people. He goes around streets and everyone can come and offer service to the Lord, even people who normally don't go to the temple, animals, etc - all are given darsan and mercy of the Lord on that day.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Radha-Madhava water pastimes 2009

Water pastimes of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Madhava is one of the summer festivals - Small Radha-Madhava deities are placed in a lotus fauntain - it is in the shape of a lotus and also filled with pink lotus flowers, infront of Radha-Madhava is a small fauntain and Their altar is surrounded by water.
Devotees come and offer flowers to Their Lordships chanting Their names, Jananivasa Prabhu and Ramaniya Mataji giving out flowers along with one of 1000 names of Radha-Krishna to chant.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chandan yatra in Mayaur - lila darsans, 2009

Chandan YAtra is a time of a year when Deities covered with Sandal wood paste (chandan) to keep cool in summer's heat. For 21 days of Chandan yatra devotees were offering a different lila-outfit every day to Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Nrisimha Chaturdasi

Nrisimha Deva abhishekha:

H.H. Jayapataka Swami could not come this year, he was in a medical facility in
South India, H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami was present, H.H. Umapati Swami (his vyasa puja is on the same day as Nrisimha Deva's appearance), abhishek was conducted by seniour devotees and pujaris under guidence of H.H. Bhaktividyapurna Swami.

this video shows flower shower of Nrisimha Deva, the final part of abhishekha:

photos are posted HERE

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nrisimha Deva adhivas

Video of Nrisimha Deva adhivas ceremony (welcome the night before Appearance Day)
H.H. Umapati Swami and H.H.Gopal Krishna Goswami were conducting the adhivas, offering auspicious items to the Lord.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hare Krishna!
Today we have partialy published a new Darsan photo book, Mayapur Chandrodaya Darsan.
I had uploaded a small sample book of 40 pages, 7x7" to my book store on
Preview first 15 pages + 2 covers HERE
order it HERE
Please note that the price on website is set by the publishers (, not by me, postage is a seperate cost.
This is a small sample of what's coming, an "utsav" Darsan book. We hope to print the main book in India, size would be 11x11", 120 pages, with full color hard cover.
50% of the profit would go to the Deity Department of ISKCON Mayapur, printing cost returns would be used for publishing more photo books of Mayapur.
Please kindly contribute for the printing of this Darsan book.
Please pass around this request among your friends.
Thank you. Hare Krishna.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


by Ramadevi Devi dasi

Dear Friends of Braja Sevaki and Jahnudvipa,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Hare Krishna.

For now the general news about Braja and Jahnu is good. As you may well know, Braja is back in Mayapur and, for the time being, recuperating at my house. She’s still very sore all over but her face is improving every day.
And today she wanted cheese and tomato toast for breakfast so things are looking up :0)

Jahnu was moved to a private room yesterday and will have a 24 hour attendant with him as Braja is not able to be there. He still has one chest drain in and was sedated again because of agitation. The doctors say this is normal in these situations. But hopefully, being in a private room will be more peaceful for him and he can make speedy progress. He still needs many of your prayers.

The cost of the medical treatment so far has been upwards of $20,000 and Jahnu is not out of there yet. So it could be as much as $30,000 by the end. Many of you have enquired as to how you may offer some financial assistance for the medical expenses.
After discussing it here and understanding that some of you may be concerned as to where the money might go, we decided it would be best for donors to send the money for Braja and Jahnu directly to Braja’s personal account.

We will be setting up a paypal account which will be accessible from Braja's blogsite

Anybody sending a donation should let me know by email as to when and how much you have sent so we can keep track of it.

There will be separate information for donations to help the driver but I haven’t been given them yet. I’ll send them out as soon as I can.

Braja and Jahnu are so grateful for all the love being sent their way. They feel that their recoveries have been expedited by all your love and prayers. Thank you on their behalf.

"And big licks from the cow shed!" said Braja!!

Your servant
Ramadevi dasi

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pancha-tattva maha-abhishek video

Prananatha Prabhu from New Zealand has produced a wonderful video-presentation of Pancha-tattva maha-abhishek. He wishes to distribute this video and requesting everyone:

Please consider making a generous donation (minimum $1.00 US) to Sri Pancha Tattva at PayPal account:

Here we post this video:

Prananatha Prabhu made a new version of this video now that includes kirtan, we will post that as soon as it become available in web-format.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An update on Jahnudvipa and Braja Sevaki prabhus

by Hari Sauri Prabhu:

This is a brief update on the condition of Jahnudvipa and Braja Sevaki prabhus.
Braja Sevaki is doing well and will be discharged today.
She is going to return to Mayapur to complete her recuperation.
Jahnudvipa prabhu is also progressing.
After a brief relapse which required him to be sedated for the last two days, he is now fully conscious and can hold brief conversations. He still has a fair way to go due to multiple fractures but the concerns about his internal damage is now over and doctors are pleased with his progress.

I wish to also correct a miscommunication wherein I previously reported that the Mayapur temple was going to cover the medical expenses for these two devotees and the driver. This was incorrectly conveyed to me, and the actual situation is that the Mayapur temple has guaranteed to the hospital the payments for all care so that there would be no delays in getting any operations done and medicines administered.
However, this is only meant as a bridging loan, and will have to be repaid to the temple.

This will be the last bulletin from myself, and any further inquiries may be directed to Braja Sevaki directly.

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gaura Purnima darsan 2009 in Mayapur

Vraja Sevaki Mataji and Jahnu Dvipa Prabhu had a car accident

this report is based on reports from Hari Sauri and Tusti Mohan Prabhus:

We humbly request all the devotees to please pray for Jahnudwipa Prabhu and his good wife Brajasevaki devi dasi as both are in the Apollo hospital in Calcutta after having a very dangerous accident.
Jahnudvipa prabhu from Denmark, and his wife Brajasevaki dasi from Australia, were badly injured in a car crash at Madhyamgram just near the Kolkata airport.
They suffered a head-on crash with a truck in the early hours of this morning on the way in to Kolkata, at Madhyamgram just before the airport.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pancha-tattva mangala aroti

After maha-abhisek Pancha-tattva altar finally has a different backdrop (it is still to be compleated)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pancha-tattva maha abhishekha in Mayapur

In celebration of 5-th anniversary since installation of large Pancha-tattva deities in Mayapur, devotees performed a maha-abhishek this year.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mayapur Chandrodaya Darsan book

by Vrindavan Lila Dasi

Darsan book of Mayapur Deities is nearly ready for publishing.
We are looking for donors contributing financial support towards the publishing.

50% of the profits from sales of the book would go to the Deities - so by supporting this book you will be also donating to Mayapur Deity department.
The initial printing cost would be used for printing more Mayapur photo-books.

Please contribute if you can, any amount is appreciated. We can receive contributions via PayPal.

Thank you.
Hare Krishna.

Historical footage from 2004 - bringing Pancha-tattva deities to the altar at ISKCON Mayapur temple

On the eve of 5-th anniversary of Instalation of Pancha-tattva in ISKCON Mayapur, we remembered how Pancha-tattva dieties came to Mayapur and were brought onto the altar in 2004, year of Their Instalatoin. They were installed on 23 February 2004.
In this film you can see historical footage of how these very large deities were put on the altar (Chaitanya, Nityananda and Advaita are shown) - each one weigh more than 3 tonns.

Friday, February 20, 2009

H.H. Jayapataka Swami came to Mayapur

On 20th February, devotees brought Srila Jayapataka Maharaja to Mayapur.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Advaita Acharya Appearance Day

Advaita Acharya Appearance Day celebration in Mayapur. Abhishekha:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mayapur grounds - walk around with camera, beginning of February 2009

by Vrindavan Lila Dasi
The look of ISKCON Mayapur grounds as of Jan-Feb 2009, some construction, some destruction... please pardon the background song - a small weakness of self-expression (it reflects well how I felt and thought while filming this video), those who understand Russian will be able to understand, but it isn't that important to know what I think, what important is to see Mayapur and get idea of what is happenning here.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Looking back - Installation of Sri Pancha-tattva in Mayapur

This is small video clips taken during Pancha-tattva Instalation in Mayapur, 23 February 2004.
This year, 25-02-09, we will have a maha-abhisek of Pancha-tattva in celebration of 5-th anniversary of Their instalation.

Hare Krishna.