On Friday, Radhanath Swami participated in the installation of Srila Prabhupada’s murti with other god brothers and sisters and attended the first arati as Virabadra Ram Das, visiting Executive Director of New York’s Bhakti Center, led a rousing Guru Puja kirtan. Later, Radhanath Swami presided over the netronmelan (eye opening) ceremony of Sri Radha Gopijan Vallab. Auspicious items were shown to Radha and Krishna as the gathered community had their first chance to see Their beautiful forms.
The next day Radhanath Swami took part in Pran Pratishta ceremony wherein Radha and Krishna are invited to reside in the temple. Then he spoke at length on the significance of the rituals of temple worship. Later, he witnessed the abhishek ceremony of the deities.
Local congress woman Christine Greig and Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey of were present for the occasion.
In the evening Radhanath Swami did the first Maha arati to the deities and then took a guided tour of the newly renovated temple building and met with many of the local devotees. On Sunday morning he gave Srimad Bhagavatam class which Christine Greig also attended.
Approximately 12,000 guests and devotees visited the temple and attended the festival.