In a pioneering effort taking place in Vrindavan, eye surgeons from Mumbai will be conducting surgery at Vatsalya Gram from 23rd February to 26th February, 2017. The surgery will be conducted under the auspices of Didi Maa Sadhvi Ritambhara. The registration of the patients will be done on 23rd February. The patients will need to carry their unique ID cards for this process.
The surgery itself will be conducted on the 24th and 25th of February. Spectacles and medicines will also be distributed to the patients. The distribution will be done by Didi Maa Sadhvi Ritambhara herself. Operations, lenses, pre and post operative medicines, spectacles and food for the patients will be provided free of cost. The team of surgeons will be led by Dr. Shyam Agarwal and the other participating doctors will be Dr. Rahul Jain, Dr. Vishal Rathore, Dr. Anand Jaipuria, Dr. Mayur Agarwal and Dr. Priyanka Sharma.
Bhaktisiddhanta Sataswati Thakur’s appearance day was celebrated in Vrindavan. The Gaudiya Vaishnavas assembled at Shri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math to celebrate the 144th appearance day of their founder. As a part of the celebration the devotees held ‘pushpanjali’ by offering flowers to the image of Prabhupada. They expressed gratitude to their spiritual master for introducing them to the consciousness of Shri Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The Sanyasis and devotees spoke about the glories and pastimes of Prabhupada Shri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. A grand feast was organized during lunch after offering the ‘Mahaprasad’ to Saraswati Thakur. Mahaprasad was distributed among hundreds of devotees.
A grand Nagar Sankirtan was carried out which passed through the packed lanes, markets and roads of Vrindavan, under continuous showers of flowers.
Thakur Shri Radha Damodar’s appearance day was celebrated at Radha Damodar Mandir. A Special abhishek was performed by the ‘ Sevait Goswamis’ of the temple, which was led by Mahant Shri Kanika Prasad Goswami.
The deities of Shri Radha Damodar were given a sandal oil massage. After the massage the deities were bathed with panchamrita (milk, curd, sweetened water, ghee and honey) and panchagavya. The deities were then bathed with exotic fruit juices and water mixed with herbal extracts. The Sarvaushadi and Mahausaudi snana was followed by 108 kalasha snana.
The deities were offered Chhappan Bhog (56 kinds of items) and a feast was organized during the noon when the Mahaprasadam was distributed among the devotees.
Shri Radha Damodar Mandir is one of the ‘Sapta Devalaya Temples’ of Vrindavan. It was established by Srila Jiva Goswami in the year 1542 C.D. The deities were served by Srila Jiva Goswami himself. This temple attracts thousands of devotees in Kartik, as the holy month is named after Damodar.
According to Shri Krishna Balaram Goswami, “The deities of Shri Radha Damodar were manifested by Srila Rupa Goswami, who handed over their ‘seva’ to his dear disciple and nephew Jiva Goswami for service and worship.”
The Shahji Mandir of Vrindavan is famous for its chandeliers, which are kept in a hall called ‘Vasanti Kamra’. This particular hall is opened only twice in the year for visitors, once on Jhulanotsava and once on Vasant Panchami.
Shri Rajkumar Rinwa, the minister of the department of Devasthan, Government of Rajasthan, visited Vrindavan on Tuesday along with the officials of his department. They visited the Radha Kant Mandir on the Parikrama Marg, near Vihar Ghat and the famous Jaipur Mandir. He announced on this occasion that his department will grandly celebrate the ‘Patotsava’ of the Radha Madhav Mandir as the mandir is completing 100 years of its establishment this year. The Radha Madhav Mandir is more famously known as the Jaipur Mandir.