The 529th anniversary of the auspicious appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was celebrated on March 5th, 2015. Lord Chaitanya, the original supreme personality of Godhead, Krishna appeared to establish Sankirtana Movement – the yuga dharma for this age of Kali.
At ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad, the day was observed with all solemnity. The festival started at 5:30pm with Narasimha Kirtan and Tulasi arati. The Deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga were carried in a pallaki decorated with colourful flowers in a procession. After the procession, the Deities of Nitai Gaurange received a grand abhishekam.
ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad President, HG Rajiv Lochan Prabhu, gave a discourse on the life and precepts of Lord Caitanya. This was followed by a grand arati with the accompaniment of soul stirring bhajans and Maha Sankirtan. The deities received a wonderful offering of 56 dishes(Chappan Bhoga).
The special attraction of the day was the flower decoration done in the Fountain Pond, in front of the temple hall. The festival concluded with an anukalpa feast, made from non-grain ingredients for devotees.