Vrindavan, 2016.01.01 (VT): The Tirobhav Mahotsav (disappearance day celebration) of Shrila Jiva Goswami paad added a special sweetness to the Gregorian New Year Celebration. Devotees dedicated themselves through bhajan, kirtan, parikrama, Glorification of Jiva Goswami, prayers and other devotional activities throughout the day.
Several events were organized in various places in Vrindavan, in memory of Shrila Jiva Goswami. A grand celebration was held at Shri Radha Damodar Mandir, where Shrila Jiva Goswami’s samadhi (tomb) is situated. Another event was held at Jiva Institute, where more than fifty students of the bhakti tirtha course offered their respects to Shrila Jiva Goswami.
Special puja was conducted at the samadhi of Jiva Goswami, following the puja of Thakur Shri Radha Damodar ji. A great abhishek was held for the temple Deities and then the deity of Shrila Jiva Goswami was offered elaborate worship later in the morning.
On this occasion, there was a suchak kirtan, in which the life of Jiva Goswami was sung and devotees offered flowers to his lotus feet. Kirtan and devotional songs reverberated through the temple campus for the entire day.
Shri Radha Damodar Mandir, which is one of the seven principal temples of Vrindavan, was founded in 1542 by Shrila Jiva Goswami.
The entire temple of Radha Damodar was decorated with flowers. A vidvat goshthi was held in the evening in the temple, in which several well-known scholars glorified Shrila Jiva Goswami. His life, work and entry into the nitya lila (eternal Abode) was commemorated by many scholars and Acharyas. A kirtan procession (nagar sankirtan) was taken out through the streets of Vrindavan on the following day.
A cultural event was also held at Jiva Institute on this occasion. Dancers from the Venu Naad Kala Kendra performed Odissi dance, which was witnessed by the students of the bhakti tirtha course. Jiva Institute is a platform where many of the works of Jiva Goswami are translated and commentaries are written on his works.
Addressing the students of the bhakti tirtha course, Mahant Satyanarayan Das Baba ji, the President of Jiva Institute said, “Sri Jiva Goswami has provided the Gaudiya Vaishnava school with a clear identity on a par with those of Shri Ramanujacharya, Shri Madvacharya, and others, through his works on the Sat Sandharbhas. He drew feely from the entire heritage of Vaishnava philosophical thought available to him. Shri Jiva wrote no important conclusion without supporting scriptural references, and yet his conclusions are not mere repetitions, but bear the mark of originality and deserve independent consideration. They are widely acknowledged within the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition as Jiva Goswami’s philosophical magnum opus.”
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