Debasish Chattopadhyay ; Kolkata : Its West meets the East , for centuries ,the traditions, customs, costumes , spirituality and Vedic wisdom of India has attracted the attention of people from all over the world. As Holi nears a unique spectacle of global harmony is visible at the world spiritual headquarter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) in Mayapur, Nadia, West Bengal where devotees belonging to 300 ethnicities, from more than 88 countries and all major continents of the world are converging to celebrate the divine appearance day of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, better known as Gaur Purnima informed Subroto Das, Media Spokesperson of ISKCON Mayapur.
Setting aside all barriers of colour, creed , caste devotees from Russia, America, Japan, Spain , Ecuador, Jamaica, France, Italy, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Middle East to name a few, are seen singing kirtans accompanied by playing of traditional musical instruments like Dhol, Mridanga , Kartal; dancing raising their hands amidst loud chants of Haribol and doing Parikrama ( circumambulating) of the Nabadwip Mandal with enthusiasm. Their loud chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra resounded every corner of the holy Dham. Revered as the biggest festival in the Gaudiya Vaishnav Sampradaya- Gaur Purnima will be celebrated with fervour and gaiety in the entire of Nabadwip Mandal on March 9. More than 2 lakh people from all over the globe are expected to throng on that day added Das.
The month-long celebrations that began on February 13 with the inauguration of the biggest Pujari floor in the world, spread over 2.5 acres which has 69 rooms to facilitate service to the Lord. The Pujari floor is inside Temple of Vedic Planatarium, which will be the biggest Vedic temple of the world expected to be inaugurated in 2022. Sravan Utsav, Kirtan Mela, a weeklong Nabadwip Mandal Parikrama , Ganga Puja , Elephant procession and many cultural programmes have begun which will culminate into grand celebrations on March 9 Gaur Purnima day.