A momentous event is going to take place in the annals of the city of Kolkata. Of course, it is of significance only to those who believe in God , his various incarnations, spirituality, and above all, in the sweet and all-pervading philosophy of “bhakti” or pure devotion and love for the Supreme Lord.
For the first time after more than four decades the streets of Central and North Kolkata will be reverberated with the soul purifying sound of the -
“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krisha Hare Hare
Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.”
-mahamantra in the morning of 8th March, 2015. Devotees will go in the Sankirtan or procession with the Name (of God) from Sahid Minar maidan to Baghbazar Bhagini Nivedita Udyan via Lenin Sarani, Raja Subodh Malick Street , Bidhan Sarani and Baghbazar Street. The occasion is the celebration of the 529th Advent Anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Gaudiya Mission Baghbazar in association with ISKCON and People’s Forum for Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, is organising this great event which was a regular annual feature in the city in the 1960s and early 1970s when morality, spirituality or words of this genre had really meant something for the people.
On 9th March a two-day National Conference will begin at Bhagini Nivedita Udyan on the Subject “ Contribution of Sri Chaitananya Mahprabhu on Indian Philosophy and Culture”. The two day conference will be graced by senior monks from Gaudiya Mission ISKCON, Ramkrishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, some other Gaudiya Sects as well as a galaxy of intellectuals and scholars.
Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi, is scheduled to address a special session as Chief Guest on 10th March. There will be an exhibition of books, paintings and artifacts as well as a fair where both devotees and common people will intermingle and enjoy some memorable time.
For the people of Kolkata the occasion is going to gift them an opportunity to take a fresh look at life and make a choice between crash materialism and devotion for God or at least to soak in an atmosphere of bliss and pure happiness.