26 Dec ISKCON Ujjain Update 26th December, 2010
Sent by His Grace Mukunda Dasa
Yesterday was an eventful day at Ujjain temple as we celebrated the disappearance day of Srila Bhakti Sidhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.
Guru Maharaj attended mangal arati and then we had his darshan during the morning class which he dedicated to the life and teachings of Srila Bhakti Sidhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.
At 10.30am Guru Maharaj along with H.H.Atma Nivedan Swami formally inaugurated the Avanthika Instute of Higher Education, an institute on the lines of VIHE in Vrindavan and MIHE in Mayapur. The institute will initially impart Bhakti Sastri course in Hindi to about 30 students in Ujjain. Later it will offer more courses like Bhakti Vaivhav, Bhakti Vedanta and Bhakti Sarvabhauma courses. At present the faculty includes very erudite scholars like H.H..Bhakti Gaurav Narayan Swami, H.H.Prabodhananda Swami, H.G.Vaishnav Das, H.G.Prahaldananda Das, H.G.Tulsi Manjari Devi Dasi and H.G.Yamuna
Priya Devi Dasi. Guru Maharaj specially mentioned the efforts of the director of the educational institute H.G.Krishna Balaram Das whose vision and hard work has made this possible. He also mentioned that this is the place where Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram had taken their education. The foundation will also conduct courses in different temples in India and abroad.
At 12 noon we offered puspanjali to Srila Bhakti Sidhanta Saraswati Prabhupada and had Guru puja. Later we were treated to a great feast on this auspicious occasion.
At around 5pm Guru Maharaj left for Mumbai by train and was given a touching send off by around 50 devotees who went to see him off at the Ujjain station. Later all the devotees felt a deep sense of separation with his leaving us for many many days.
Guru Maharaj’s forth coming schedule is as follows. He leaves for South Africa via Dubai on the 31st of December and will remain there till 27thJanuary. He then returns to Mumbai and is expected to reach Ujjain on 29 th. He will leave for Kolkata on 3rd February and will spend most of the time in Mayapur till around 3rd March. He will return to Ujjain and stay up to the Gaur Purnima festival.