The last five days of Kartik beginning with Utthana Ekadasi on November 25 and ending on the Purnima on November 29 are known as Bhisma Panchaka. These are the final days of Grandfather Bhisma’s mortal existence when he instructed King Yudhisthira on various aspects of material and spiritual life in the presence of Lord Krishna and the other Pandavas while lying on a bed of arrows following the Battle of Kurukshetra.
He was given the benediction to choose his own time of death, and thus selected the Utthana Ekadasi day which is also the full moon and last day of Kartik, and specifically he did so in the presence of his Lord, Sri Krishna as Partha-sarathi, driver of Arjuna’s chariot, Whom he wanted to see at his last moment.
There are various recommendations for fasting and worship during these five days for spiritual advancement, but we will leave it up to the reader to get that information elsewhere. We wish to encourage devotees during Kartik and especially during these last five auspicious days to render service to the TOVP project by contributing towards the installation of the new Prabhupada murti, scheduled for October, 2021. There are five kinds of abhishekas that can be sponsored, and our aim is to have every ISKCON devotee sponsor at least one so we can combinedly welcome Srila Prabhupada to the TOVP in 2021.
ABHISHEKA AND SEVA SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS
1. SACRED WATER BATHING – $25 / ₹1,600 / £20
(sponsor for each family member)
2. COPPER COIN BATHING – $300 / ₹21,000 / £250
3. SILVER COIN BATHING – $500 / ₹35,000 / £400
4. GOLD COIN BATHING – $1,000 / ₹71,000 / £800
5. PLATINUM COIN BATHING – $1,600 / ₹1 Lakh / £1,300
6. BHAKTI CHARU MAHARAJA SEVA – $2,500 / ₹1.5 Lakh / £2,000
7. SAMSTAPAK ACHARYA SEVA – $10,000 / ₹7 Lakh / £8,000
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