The Panihati Chida-dahi Utsava is celebrated to commemorate the meeting of Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami with Sri Nityananda Prabhu for the first time in a village named Panihati near Kolkata in West Bengal. This festival is also known as Danda Mahotsava (the Festival of Punishment). It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the bright moon in the month of Jyeshta (May-June). To this day, pilgrims visit Panihati to celebrate the Chida-dahi festival.
Click here to read the wonderful pastime that happened between Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
We invite you all to participate online in the celebrations and seek the blessings of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. All the devotees may participate in the festival by visiting us online at www.iskconbangalore.org/live-darshan
Panihati Chida-Dahi Celebrations
Under the prevailing situation of national lockdown, we will be observing Panihati Chida-dahi festival this year, on Thursday, June 04, 2020.
All devotees are requested to demonstrate their respect for the government restrictions on moving out from home as responsible citizens. No one is permitted to visit the temple on June 04. There will be no exemption.
Resident devotees on Hare Krishna Hill will conduct the festival, respecting the social distancing norms. The devotees shall also offer special prayers to Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga for the protection of all the devotees and for the welfare of the world.
Panihati Chida-dahi Utsava 4th June, 2020 (Thursday) Program details
5:50 AM – Pallakki Utsava of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga and Srila Prabhupada from the Main Temple Hall to Kalyani
6:05 AM – Announcements
6:15 AM – Theppotsava
6:00 PM – Recognizing the festival sevakartas
6:05 PM – Abhisheka to Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga in the Main Temple Hall
6:30 PM – Panihati Mahotsava Katha
7:00 PM – Arati to Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga
8:00 PM – Shayana Arati
8:15 PM – Shayana Pallakki
A unique opportunity to participate in the festival:
However, there is a unique opportunity for all of you to participate in this year’s Panihati Chida-dahi festival from your home.
If you are residing in Bengaluru, you can receive Chida-dahi Maha-prasadam directly offered to the Deities of Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga on the Hare Krishna Hill by offering Panihati – Theppotsava and Abhisheka seva. Chida-dahi prasadam will be delivered to your home on the same day. Click here to offer the seva.
You may also cook a special Chida-dahi feast for Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. Here is the recipe for Chida-dahi in different flavours. www.iskconbangalore.org/blog/recipe-for-chida-dahi
Offer the preparations to the picture of our Hare Krishna Hill’s Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga Deities and honour the prasadam.
We pray to Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga for protection, good health, and welfare of the world, in the wake of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
Wishing you all good health and Krishna consciousness,
Madhu Pandit Dasa