After Janmastami in Abentheur, Kadamba Kanana Maharaja spent a few days in Radhadesh and thereafter headed-off to South Africa for a three week tour. Despite his still fragile health, Maharaja continues to do programs whenever the opportunity arises. Audio recordings and photos from all these events will be posted on the blog shortly but for now, we will report on Radhastami.
For the second consecutive year, Maharaja celebrated Radhastami at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban and as is the case every year, the Radhastami festival in Durban is a huge spectacle that attracts devotees from all over the country. Other senior guests that participated in the festivites included Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Bhakti Charu Swami, Partha Sarathi Das Goswami and Medhavi Prabhu (ACBSP).
From mangal aarti until late at night, the day was nectar-filled with darshan of the deities in three new outfits, a big initiation ceremony, abhishek, glorification of Srimati Radharani by various senior devotees, lots of kirtan and of course prasadam.
At the initiation ceremony, where forty-six devotees in total were initiated by different spiritual masters, three were from the KKS family. Melissa, Premona and Eurika have been given these beautiful names: Merumala dd, Prema Wanya dd and Radhadyuti dd. In his class at the ceremony, Kadamba Kanana Swami elaborated on the ten offenses that need to be avoided in the chanting of the Holy Name.
Following the initiation, abhishek of the deities took place. During this time, Maharaja led kirtan for almost two hours and thereafter, glorified the qualities of Srimati Radharani in a class that was shared by Bhakti Caitanya Swami and Bhakti Charu Swami. After a midday feast, the program continued with more kirtan and pastimes…
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