Gaura Purnima celebrates the appearance of Chitanya Mahaprabhu. In this year Gaura Purnima brings in 2nd March. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is supreme Persons, 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 Mahaprabhu’s pastimes saw hime dance and chant with ecstatic love for god, the like 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 of God and experience great spiritutal pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra.
The present day ISKCON continues the work begun by Lord Chitanya, Who predicated that the chanting of the holynames of Krishna would spread all over the world.
Gaura Purnima means “Golden full moon,” Signifying that
- Lord Chaitanya was born during a full moon and
- Lord blesses everyone with the soothings, 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 ti the Lord and then enjoy by all.