Today is Gaura Purnima. And its also Easter Friday. And that means holidays and devotional service ofcourse. Gaura Purnima means “Golden Full Moon”, signifying that Lord Caitanya took birth at the time of the full moonrise and also that the Lord, being extremely merciful, would benedict everyone with the soothing moonlike rays of His sublime teachings. His followers spend this festival fasting and chanting congregationally, then at moonrise a sumptuous feast is enjoyed by all.
This is what The Melbourne Hare Krishna temple has planned today:
“Since this nectar-filled festival falls on Good Friday this year, we are planning a gigantic celebration of Lord Caitanya’s Appearance.
We’ve got a solid line up of special guests and events over the weekend. Bhanu Swami and Devamrta Swami will be in Melbourne for the occasion. The feast menus are all prepared.
Our festivities will begin with kirtana and arati for the Deities at 4:30 pm. At 5:00 pm. our priests will perform a special yajna. 6:00 pm. will see our special guests bring you a blissful class about this most merciful of all Krishna’s incarnations. Arati and an elaborate abhiseka (bathing ceremony) for Mahaprabhu follow at 7:00 pm. To top the festival off, at 8:00pm. we will offer you a delicious break-fast feast!
You will also be able to offer individual arati trays to Sri Caitanya from 5:00 pm. Prasada will be available to all our guests from 6:00 pm. (Those who wish may fast till moon rise at 5:43pm.) Please come and join us for the fun!”