On August 27th at ISKCON Delhi the most auspicious occasion of the 75th Anniversary Vyasa Puja of His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami was celebrated. In attendance were about 8,000 disciples, well-wishers and friends for a one-day observance of the festival to honor his service to Srila Prabhupada and his being Srila Prabhupada’s and Srila Vyasadeva’s representative for so many Vaishnavas.
But Maharaja took advantage of the occasion to especially help the TOVP, putting the TOVP fundraising front and center of the event. Both Maharaja’s disciple and lead TOVP donor, Veda Vyas prabhu and Braja Vilasa spoke about the TOVP project for over 45 minutes giving updates and encouraging devotees to continue to support the project with their financial help, as this was a direct order from Prabhupada to Gopal Krishna Goswami:
“When you go to India, as you have asked me for something to do, and also you have an inclination to construct a temple somewhere in India, I would request you to consider if you can construct a temple at the birthplace of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
July 11, 1969
On this auspicious event Braja Vilasa arranged for a specially minted 75th Anniversary Vyasa Puja coin to be given to donors, along with a brick inscribed with Maharaja’s and the donor’s name to be placed under the Guru Parampara altar. Over 200 devotees gladly donated for these, as well as for three Kirtanam Pillars of Devotion selected personally by Ambarisa prabhu for the occasion. In total over $350,000 in pledges was raised.
Also significant during the event was the official launch of the new updated and improved TOVP App created by Aniruddha Chandra prabhu and his tech team. He personally has overseen the App’s production and wanted to launch it on the day of his Guru Maharaja’s Vyasa Puja as an offering to him. Details on the App and how to download it will be made available soon.
Ambarisa and Braja Vilasa prabhus are eternally grateful to Gopal Krishna Goswami and all his disciples who have enthusiastically supported the TOVP over the years. We have already attended other Vyasa Puja events for Maharaja and the same devotees continue to support the project again and again.
We are especially thankful to the Delhi temple management and the following devotees for their help in organizing our participation and facilitating our success:
Veda Vyasa das
Raghav Pundit das
Mohana Rupa das
Sadhu Hrday das
Rsi Kumar das
Adwaita Krishna das
All glories to His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja!
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