Sri Jagannatha Ratha-yatra

Sri Jagannatha Ratha-yatra

by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

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'Sri Jagannatha Rahta-yatra' is bound to take one's appreciation of Ratha-yatra to new heights, beyond the thrill of an extraordinary cultural or religious experience. Annually, in Puri, India, approximately a million people attend the ancient Ratha-yatra festival, to take darsana of Lord Jagannatha on His chariot, and at least three times that view it from other places in India and around the world. Still, the deep significance of Ratha-yatra, being most confidential, is not widely known. 'Sri Jagannatha Ratha-yatra' is rich with this significance, offering an invaluable Gaudiya Vaisnava perspective of this wonderful event. The book contains three separate ancient histories of Ratha-yatra as well as an elaborate description of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's inner moods during the festival.

The basis of this book is 'The Origin of Ratha-yatra', a transcription of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's English lectures, but because a written review and translation (into Hindi) of one's spoken word will naturally contain intensified focus and greater detail, as well as elaboration and omissions, 'Sri Jagannatha Ratha-yatra' is a new presentation of this subject. Due to Srila Maharaja's deep immersion in the beautiful moods of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, it is not surprising that his revelation of Sri Ratha-yatra is also suffused with this sublime sweetness and deep philosophical truths.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151014038
Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications
Publication date: 10/12/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

On the sacred and auspicious day of Mauni Amavasya, 1921, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja took his divine birth in a devout Vaisnava family in Tivaripura, in the state of Bihar, India.

In February, 1946, he met his gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajñana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, and his life of complete and exemplary dedication to Gaudiya Vaisnavism, or the path of krsna-bhakti in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, began to manifest.

He accompanied his gurudeva on his extensive preaching tours throughout India, actively assisting him in propagating the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the eternal benefit of the living entities in this world. This included regularly hosting the thousands of pilgrims attending the yearly circumambulation of Sri Navadvipa-dhama, the appear­ance place of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and Sri Vrndavana-dhama, the appearance place of Sri Krsna.

His gurudeva had instructed him to translate the writings of prominent Gaudiya Vaisnavas into Hindi, a task he assiduously assumed throughout his entire life and which resulted in the publication of nearly fifty Hindi sacred texts. Later, most of these invaluable masterpieces were translated into English and other major languages of the world.

For many years, he traveled throughout India to spread the message of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, and it was for this end, also, that in 1996, he journeyed abroad. During the next fourteen years, he circled the globe more than thirty times. Whether he was in India or abroad, his preaching always bore the distinctive characteristic of boldly unmasking any misconception obscuring the specific purposes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s advent, in strict adherence to the desire of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada and in perfect congruence with the conceptions of Srila Rupa Gosvami, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s foremost follower. Thus, in present times, in upholding the glorious tenets of the Gaudiya sampradaya, he performed the function of a true acarya.

At the age of ninety years, on December 29, 2010, he concluded his pastimes in this world at Cakratirtha, in Sri Jagannatha Puri-dhama. The following day, in Sri Navadvipa-dhama, Sri Gaurasundara’s fully empowered emissary, the very embodiment of His unique compassion, was given samadhi. He will never cease to reside in his divine instructions and in the hearts of those who are devoted to him.

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