Flower festival at ISKCON at Mayapur

Debasish Chattopadhyay

Nadia: The auspicious conch shell of festive season is blown at the spiritual headquarter of in International Socirty for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) Mayapur with the celebration of Sri Krishna Pushya Abishek which will be held on January 10 , Friday. This is the first major festival of the year and it heralds the new season of upcoming festivals .

More than 300 kg of fragrant flowers are lovingly prepared by the devotees and offered to Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Asta Sakhis through the most colourful abhishek and grand dresses made of flowers. Head Pujaris of ISKCON Mayapur His Grace Jananivasa Prabhu was instructed by Srila Prabhupada to celebrate festivals related to the pastimes of the Sri Sri Sri Radha Krishna in a grand way in Sri Dham Mayapur.

In this period Mayapur is surrounded by the festivals atmosphere because Gaura Purnima is knocking at the doorstep . A group of 250 community devotees from more than 30 countries toil for 70 hours to make it a grand success.This is a very unique and special opportunity for the entire community of devotees to come together and  perform service for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhava and  Asta Sakhis.

The devotees sit around, plucking out tender petals from different kind of flowers. There are around five types chandramallika, three types of marigold, dopati and dalia flowers and thousands of roses. All the flowers are coming from different part of India.The preparation looks as festive as the festival itself. Even in the night some devotees remain awake to finish the services. The flowers collected are not used only for the abhishek, but also to make an 8ft tall dresses out of multi-coloured flowers that will be offered to the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava. Each year, the flower dress has its own unique design and flower choices. Sri Madhava also has a uniquely special flower outfit which is made and cut to perfectly fit His Tribanga form, as well as flower jewellery and flower mukut pieces for His turban. Srimati Radhika and the eightGopis have their own full outfit of a flower skirt, top and veil, complete with flower jewellery from head-to-toe. His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada said “Pusyabhisheka means a ceremony to decorate the deity profusely with flowers, ornaments, cloths”.