Vrindavan, 2017.05.08 (VT): Four hundred and seventy five years ago, Shri Radharaman manifested from a shaligram shila by the love and prayers of the great saint Shri Gopal Bhatt Goswami. This most special occasion will be marked by a grand festival at the Shri Radharaman Temple.
May 10th is the main day of the festival. A grand bathing ritual or maha-abhishek will be offered to Shri Radharaman Lal. The abhishek and related ceremonies will start around 8am and last till after noon. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s wooden seat and prasadi cloth will also be brought out for darshan on this day.
Devotees of Radharamanji from all over India and around the world will fill the temple to witness the divine event. But those who cannot come to Vrindavan are still looking forward to enjoying the festival remotely; Radharamanji has a vast social media following, with well over half a million people following his darshans on Facebook alone.
Celebrations began on May 6th and will last till the 17th. The special festivities include a daily flower-palace (phool bangla) and chappan bhog, congratulatory hymns (badhaai-gaan), 64-mahantas bhog aradhana (13th May), and a boat festival or nauka vihar (15 May).