Gadaira Gauranga’s das’ Second Initiation (7/15/08)

L-R, Prabhu Gadaira Gauranga, Sripad Giri Maharaj, Prabhu Gokulananda.

Gadaira Gauranga’s das’ Second Initiation

Sriman Gadaira Gauranga received first initiation from His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj in December, 2002. Since that time he has been a regular supporter of our preaching and other activities. A simple hearted practitioner, he is always ready to do the needful. With an interest to expand his service he recently requested and received gayatri mantra. L-R, Prabhu Gadaira Gauranga, Sripad Giri Maharaj, Prabhu Gokulananda.

Gokulananda’s Private Photos from 1992-1994

Gokulananda’s Private Photos from 1992-1994

Second initiation ceremony New Jersey 1993. Sripad Giri Maharaja and Gokulananda das during the second initiation ceremony in New Jersey 1993. Second Initiations in New Jersey 1993. Srila Govinda Maharaja and Sripad Sagar Maharaja in front of the World Trade Center in 1993. This picture was taken on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel looking towards Manhattan’s downtown. Srila Govinda Maharaja seated with Sripad BK Giri Maharaja and Sriman Rshabhadev Prabhu at the San Francisco airport 1992. Sripad Giri Maharaja, Srila Govinda Maharaja and Sruta Srava Prabhu  – San Francisco Airport 1992. Srila Govinda Maharaja takes Prasadam and has a nice talk with Pradyumna das, Sripad Sagar Maharaja, Sripad Giri Maharaja at the New Jersey Math in 1993. Srila Govinda Maharaja delivering a class in San Jose 1992. Sriman Mohanananda Prabhu with Sripads Vaishnava, Giri, Sagar and Ashram Maharajas with Srila Govinda Maharaja in San Jose 1992. Srila Govinda Maharaja leading a kirtan in California 1992. Srila Govinda Maharaja at the San Jose Math in 1992. Sirla Gurudeva enlivening the devotees in San Francisco 1992. Srila Govinda Maharaja at the San Fransisco Airport 1992. Also seen are Sripad BK Giri Maharaja, Jonathan, Sruta Srava Prabhu and the back of Mohanananda das. Srila Govinda Maharaja at the San Francisco Airport in 1992. Also seen are Sruta Srava Prabhu, Sripad BK Giri Maharaja, Rsabdhi Prabhu Mathuranath Prabhu. Srila Govinda Maharaja gives japa mala to Gokulananda das at the time of his first initiation in 1992. Srila Govinda Maharaja chanting on the beads for a devotee’s initiation into the Mahamantra.

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Roof Repair Project Update!

As you can see the roof has been repaired, and just some tiles need to be put up. The rains have already come and gone – the good news is that there are no more leaks!.

As you can see, by the time the picture below was taken, the number of roof tiles that need to be put up are substantially smaller.

Completion date is very near…!

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Roof Repair Project Has Commenced!

The Roof on the Math has sustained some damage (see above) from water leaking through worn out tiles and rotting wood. The decision was made to raise funds and repair the damaged wood and tiles before the winter sets in. Failure to repair this now would have endangered the temple room itself when snow and ice start melting in February and March.

Fortunately, the funds were raised and the work has commenced. Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Swami (shown below) has estimated the repairs could take 5-7 days, provided the clear weather persists.

When the work is completed we will be bringing you the “before and after” pictures. Stay tuned!

Placing Ornaments Atop the Vrindavan Math (February 2005)

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

Photos of the placement of the permanent ornaments atop the Temple of

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Rasabiharijiu.

Sri Vrindavan Dham, Sri Krishna Vasant Panchami, February 2005
Webpage by Swami B.K. Giri

Sri Krishna Vasant Panchami, the first day of spring the best of all the seasons. The Jamuna River enhances the beauty of Sri Vrindavan Dham increasing the transcendental happiness of the Lord and His devotees.

chaya rtu-gana yahan vasanta pradhana

[Where the six seasons are present, spring is supreme.]

On this beautiful sunny day work begins to permanently affix the flag, chakra and other ornaments to the dome of the mandir. One of our masons finishes up the details of the new wall surrounding the roof of the mandir. Sriman Purnananda Prabhu oversees all the work. In the background are the flag and some of the ornaments that will be used. Lightning rod in hand, Purnananda directs the work going on above. A multi level scheme takes some to the very top. Starting at a lower level, this man delivers the goods as he works his way up. Here’s the hand off… the lift off…

The take off…

[Notice the hole in the wall to support the heavy bamboo scaffolding. Purnananda, anticipating this work, kept these holes for this purpose from the time of the original construction. Now they will be filled in.]

A helping hand stabilizes the mortar as it moves onwards and upwards. And it’s up, up…