SRI GAURA PURNIMA The Glorious appearance day of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was celebrated on March 24th in Milton by members of ISKCON Milton Gaura Purnima is a significant festival in our Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, commemorating the appearance day of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

The festival is a time for devotees to reflect on the teachings and life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who emphasized the importance of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and spreading the message of love and devotion to God.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission was to propagate the Yuga Dharma of Sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the Holy Names, as the supreme method for attaining spiritual enlightenment in the age of Kali.

Throughout His life, He tirelessly promoted the chanting of Krishna’s holy name and the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavat Purana, aiming to bestow Krishna prema, or divine love, upon all conditioned souls.

During Gaura Purnima, devotees observe a fast until moonrise, abstaining from grains. They conclude their fast by partaking in anukalpa feast, comprising non-grain preparations. This feast commemorates the joyous occasion of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s birth, with devotees coming together to offer elaborate offerings to the Lord in celebration of His divine appearance.

This auspicious occasion is marked by fervent devotional practices, abhishek of Gaura Nitai deities, drama, melodious kirtan, enlightening discourse, and the sharing of sumptuous prasadam (sanctified food).