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Gaura Purnima-Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya


Today is the most auspicious day. On this day devotees fast all day until moonrise and then partake of a feast which has been offered to Lord Caitanya. This day is the transcendental appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna appearing in His most magnanimous incarnation. His magnanimity is that He is bestowing what no other incarnation has ever freely given before, pure love of Godhead. Srila Rupa Goswami prayed to Him as follows:

namo mahā-vadānyāya
kṛṣṇa-prema-pradāya te
kṛṣṇāya kṛṣṇa-caitanya-
nāmne gaura-tviṣe namaḥ

“O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

 

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