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WELCOME  ISKCON’s Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur, West Bengal, will begin its months-long Grand Opening ceremonies at the end of 2024. Later this year, ahead of the Grand Opening, the TOVP’s East Wing will open. It will become the home of ISKCON Mayapur’s Prahlada-Nrisimhadeva deities during the Grand Opening. In this issue, Sunanda Dasa, director of fundraising and fundraising for the project, tells us about the history of Lord Nrisimhadeva’s coming to be worshiped at ISKCON Mayapur and describes some of the features of the Lord’s new temple.

Ramanatha-sukha Dasa introduces us to Gopishwara Mahadeva, an ancient deity of Lord Shiva in shiva-linga form worshiped in Vrindavan. Lord Shiva became Gopishwara by being blessed with the extremely rare privilege of taking part in Lord Krishna’s famous rasa dance. Since then he has served as one of the chief protectors of Vrindavan, Lord Krishna’s sacred abode on earth.

Another sacred site for devotees of Lord Krishna and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a village, now in Bangladesh, known as Kheturi. Satyaraja Dasa tells of the spiritual significance of this place, where the great devotee Narottama Dasa Thakura appeared in this world and where he and his associates organized a great festival that helped ensure the unity, stability, and eventual worldwide spread of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana movement.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Search for Satisfaction

Despite what our mind tells us, catering to the demands of our senses leads only to a life of inevitable ...
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When a Lion Has a Wing: The Grand Opening of the TOVP Nrisimhadeva Temple in Mayapur

While the months-long official opening of the TOVP is scheduled to begin in December 2024, one of its two large ...
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The Glorious Kheturi Festival

Five decades after Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s departure, His remaining direct associates join His later followers for a historic festival. By ...
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Lord Chaitanya’s Orders for Rupa Goswami

A look at some of the devotional accomplishments of this empowered, dedicated disciple of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. By Revati Devi ...
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The Enigma of Gopishwara Mahadeva

While devotees of Lord Shiva and those of Lord Krishna may seem to go their separate ways, the truth of ...
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Mighty Hanuman’s Thrilling Quest

Examples of why Vaishnava authorities consider Hanuman an ideal exemplar of Krishna consciousness in the mood of a servant. By ...
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The Value of Traditions

Traditions can exert a powerful influence on us, either positive or negative. By Dvijamani Gaura Dasa Lord Krishna’s teachings on ...
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Channel the Power of Emotion

A poignant scene from the Mahabharata sheds light on the role of emotions in spiritual life. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa ...
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The Proprietor of the Body

Srila Prabhupada explains the first essential point in understanding the fact of transmigration. By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta ...
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