The Boston GOD Chapter celebrated a week long Madhura Utsav in the esteemed presence of Sri Ramanujamji from December 2nd to 7th, 2016.
On Friday(12/2/2016), the event kicked off with the rendering of Madhuragitam by the Quincy -Weymouth team. This was followed by Sri Ramanujamjis discourse on the 11th Canto of Srimad Bhagawatam where he highlighted the importance of Nama and greatness of
On the morning of Saturday, the devotees gathered to read the chapters from Srimad Bhagavatam that pertains to the Govinda Pattabishekam in the 10th Canto. While the ladies were busy rendering the Madhuragitams relating to Govinda Pattabishekam, the gents were busy arranging all the mixed rice prasadams and vadas on a banana leaf in the form of Krishna carrying Govardhana.
Following this, Sri Ramanujamji showered flowers on Premika Varadhan, Madhuri Sakhi and Sri Swamiji while the hall reverberated with the “Govinda” Nama. Govinda Pattabishekam concluded with the discourse by Sri Ramanujamji. This was followed by lunch prasadam.
Sunday was a joyous day when the divine wedding of Radha and Madhava was to take place. As the devotees got assembled in the hall, the chapters of Rasa Kreeda from the 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam were read. The fragrance of jasmine, tulasi and lotus filled the air. The Lordships were decorated in their sparkling jewelry while as the music of Madhuragitam filled the hall. This was followed by singing of Ashtapathis while the ladies arranged the seeru sweets and snacks. Admist the chanting of Churnikam and Pravarams the bride’s family and the grooms family celebrated the divine wedding of Radha and Krishna. The songs relating to swinging the couples on the swing were also sung. This was follwed by Sri Ramanujamji’s discourse on the 11th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam and highlighting the significance of Radha Kalyanam.
Earlier, on Friday, Krishna Jananam was celebrated with the reading of 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam at Sri Ram and Smt. Hema Ram’s residence in Acton MA. Sri Ramanujamjis discourse was followed by celebration of Nandotsavam and kolattam and little Krishna was placed in a cradle with the ladies dancing around him.
Monday – Wednesday celebration of MadhuraUtsav started with the rendering of Madhuragitam by kids and ladies from various neighborhoods of Boston like Hopkinton, Westford, Shrewsbury and Norwood. This was followed by Sri Ramanujamji’s discourse on 11th Canto of Srimad Bhagawatam highlighting topics of shradha, bhakti, faith and prema or love. On the concluding day, Sri Ramanujamji highlighted that in this gory age of kali, Namakirtan is the easiest way to attain the feet of Lord Krishna. As the satsang concluded with the singing of “Jaya jaya Bhagavata”, the devotees lined up to perform the Harathi of the divine couple and Sri Swamiji and collect the “mangala akshada” prasadam from Sri Ramanujamji.
About 200 devotees were blessed to take part in the utsav.