On November 14th, 2016 Radhanath Swami visited Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai, India, for the welcoming ceremony, (prana pratista) of the form of Sri Chaitanya, to the Eco Village’s temple.
Govardhan Eco Village is a model farm community and retreat center, inspired by Radhanath Swami in the service of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s vision, highlighting the need to live in harmony with ourselves, nature and the sacred.
Sri Chaitanya now accompanies Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanbihari on the main altar. The ceremony was held on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima – the day Sri Chaitanya, the incarnation of love who established the devotional practice of kirtan – arrived on his historic pilgrimage to the holy place of Vrindavan. This year marked the 501st anniversary of that sacred event.
Around 3,500 devotees gathered. There were beautiful traditional ceremonies, kirtan and Radhanath Swami spoke to the devotees on the devotional path of Bhakti, citing historical stories and passages to lead the audience into the loving spirit of the event.