This Gour Purnima will be different at Mayapur, the headquarters of Iskcon. Foreign devotees who flock there from all over the world to celebrate the birth of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that coincides with Holi every year, will be largely absent because of the pandemic.
Though they rue the fact that they cannot be physically present, they have made sure that the gifts for Sri Chaitanya and Radha-Krishna reach on time.
Be it chocolates and dry fruits or donations for preparing the bhog delicacies or the gaudy dresses and ornaments of the deities, gifts are pouring in everyday from across the world.
By this time every year, foreign devotees reach the campus and start preparing for the festivities. They bake cakes, make pizzas, buy ingredients for different sweet items. This time they have sent the gifts and are virtually monitoring the preparations through local devotees.
Mayapur has also made special arrangements for live streaming and virtual participation of foreign devotees in the different prayer sessions. So, devotees like Adideva Das from US sent a huge quantity of American almonds, while dry fruits are pouring in from middle eastern countries. Krishna Rupa Dasi from Australia, has sent stitched garments and ornaments for the March 28 festivities. “She has been doing this for the past three decades and will miss the celebrations this time. But she has ensured that the deities wear her clothes,” said Subrata Das, spokesperson of Iskcon Mayapur.
Source: Times of India