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Sri Gaura Purnima
Because I still crawling in the philosophy, I am not the gourangamost qualified person to describe this festival. But taking affection as being the most important subject, I will make use of my profession as a journalist to describe a very special event that happened - much more than a simple extended holiday in Brazil.
This year, the Easter day was celebrated in the same day of our Gaura Purnima, the day that we commemorate the sacred advent of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the great avatar that came to this world to reveal the congregational chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, the most appropriate mantra to the age that we are living.
For three days this festival was celebrated in Sri devotasChaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram. Bhakti Yoga ceremonies were held in the temple, distribution of prasadam (food prepared and offered unto the Lord) to friends, guests, local residents and a assembly of devotees engaged in the glorification of the Holy Names and to pay homage to Him who is also know as the great golden avatar, the guardian of devotion.
rohini2Under the command of  Srimati Rohini Shakti d.d., all the resident devotees (Sundar Gopal Prabhu, Venu Gita d.d., Kamala Priya d.d., Vraja Kumar Prabhu e Dina Bandhu Prabhu) the ashram was all renovated and decorated for the festival.
The arrived and departure of the devotes of Saint Paul was celebrated with all presents singing the Saint Names (Santos Nomes) under the batons the Rohimi Shakti D.D. that receive the group with petals of roses e very afect.
Devotees and friends
In addition to the resident devotees team, many others boleirashelped like Kamala Sundari D.D. and Govinda Nandini D.D. - they took the seva of making a big "happy birthday" cake, that was distributed in front of the temple, in a happy afternoon party where all the local residents and their children, where able to taste this nectar dedicated to Sriman Mahaprabhu.
The clothes used by Mahaprabhu in this great day were made by the stylist Madhavi D.D., who is showing great dedication to her service to the Mission.
dritaIn the ashram´s kitchen, Dona Rita, Cidinha, the italian family (Santamani D.D. and her two daughters Chandramukhi D.D. and Tulasi D.D.) and Rajiv prabhu (who came from Rio de Janeiro) united to prepare delicious samosas and many other irresistible dishes. Also in the kitchen, Praphulla Krsna prabhu revealed his talent and prepared an authentic Indian Dahl for lunch.
Panca-tattva Prabhu coordenated the group that made the painting and renovation and also donated the all the paints used to do the service.
Besides taking care of each detail of the reception, organization of the temple activities and the ashram itself, Rohini Shakti D.D. also distributed to the local residents and their children many clothes, food, sweeties and gifts. Nobody has gone unnoticed in this auspicious date. Many kilos of foodstuffs where prepared and distributed to all.
A golden moon in the sky
lua douradaIn the night of the great celebration, the full and bright moon gave a transcendental touch to the event here in Sri Chaitanya Sridhar Govinda Seva Ashram. The Temple was full of people, all gathered to chant, with happiness and reverence, The Holy Names.

In the Saturday's morning, a Parikrama (a procession) maha altatook place and the Deity was taken all over the surrounding land, in a ceremony that spread the blessings of Sriman Mahaprabhu to each corner of this holy land because it was declared by our Srila Gurudev as a "piece of the Himalayas manifested in Campos do Jordão"
With so many blessed events and harmonious mood, the 523 years of the holy advent of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was celebrated in this place of light and peace.
Among the devotees that helped the festival´s camaradasorganization we need to highlight Sri Hari Prabhu, Kamala Sundari d.d. and her sons, Murari Prabhu, Madava Prabhu, Arjuna Prabhu , Govinda Nandini D.D., Manohara Prabhu, Premananda Das, Lila Sundari Didi and the little and enchanting Jaya Vinodini D.D. and her grandmother Iswari D.D.
Also, many devotees came to the festivities, including Haridas Prabhu, Ramananda Prabhu, Malati D.D., Satyavaca Prabu (who donated many beautiful flowers), Karuna Sindhu Prabhu, Ananda Moy D.D., and others from many places,  Jamuna Priya D.D. family (who live in Araquara town), and others.
Each one in his own mood, and under his possibilities, helped in the festival, making garlands, decorating, and over all, bowing down to the Lotus Feet of our masters.

MaharajSripad B.V. Trivikram Maharaj, representative of Srila Gurudev Mission, was not present because He is in India serving and receiving instructions of our master. All the resident devotees worked to coordinate the whole festival with sincere affection in this most auspicious event.
Ishanandini D.D.
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