Radhe Shyam’s Boat Festival
With many devotees arriving from Mayapur after Gaura Purnima, Krishna Balaram Mandir has become quite a buzz of activity. Daily parikramas have been arranged going out to different places in Vraj. Senior devotees like Bhakti Gaurava Narayan Swami, Bhakti Rasamrita Swami and Prabhodananda Saraswati Swami have been guiding the devotees on parikrama to various places. The highlight of the festival is the Boat Festival which is held every year since about 25 years in the courtyard of temple. It is very colorful event with gorgeous flower decorations done by flower petals on the water. The ustsav Deities come out the altar after the 4.30 pm aratik dressd in a flower outfit to ride in Their boat which is nicely decorated. This year the boat was decorated using mainly the trunk of banana trees and some flowers. Various offerings are prepared for Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar to enjoy in between Their boat ride and aratik is also offered. Mahaprasadam distribution is done directly from the boat as we ride the Deities around the courtyard and the devotees are very enthusiastically partaking in that as you will see from the video and pictures. As always in Krishna Balaram mandir the kirtan never stops but with events like this the kirtan ecstasy just increases. H.H Bhaktivaibhava Swami, Pancagauda prabhu, Ajamila prabhu and members of the 24 hour kirtan mandali kept the wonderful mood going singing nice melodies of the Hare Krsna mahamantra that had everyone chanting and dancing. Hope this inspires you to perhaps join us for the next Boat Festival in 2014. Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar ki Jai!!!! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!!!!
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