Event Date: Sunday 12th March 2017
Gaura Purnima Festival Schedule12th March - Sunday
4:30am - Morning Program followed by Japa,
7:30am - Deity Greetings
8am - Morning Class
9am - Darshan
12pm - Abhishek & Kirtan
2pm - Love of God - Hindu-Christian discussion between His Grace Shaunaka Rsi das and The Rt. Reverend Martyn James Snow
3pm - Kirtan
5pm - Krishna Clubs Gaura Purnima Play
6:05pm - Prashadam thereafter to Gaura Aarti
8:50pm - Final Darshan
9pm - Temple Closes
*all programs at our ISKCON Leicester Temple
*times are subject to change --
This festival celebrates the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in February - March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where Mahaprabhu appeared in the year 1486.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Person, Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Those who witnessed Mahaprabhus pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before. He encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—could develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
The present-day International Society for Krishna Consciousness continues the work begun by Lord Chaitanya, who predicted that the chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world.
Gaura Purnima means golden full moon, signifying that:
1) Lord Chaitanya was born during a full moon, and 2) The Lord blesses everyone with the soothing, moonlike rays of His sublime teachings.
His followers generally observe this festival by fasting and chanting the holy names all day. At moonrise, a vegetarian feast is offered to the Lord and then enjoyed by all.