1000th Year Anniversary of Ramanuja Acharya
By Nanda Priya Nivedita - 30.3 2017
Over 5000 people participated in ISKCON’S celebration for the 1000th Year Anniversary of Srimad Ramanuja Acharya
The ancient city of Madurai visited by pilgrims year-round witnessed a rather unique event on the 26th March, 2017. More than 5,000 people from different walks of life gathered together in one of Madurai’s biggest outdoor auditoriums, Gandhi Mandapam, eager to celebrate the 1,000th Anniversary of a Stalwart Saint, Acharya and Guru, Srimad Ramanuja Acharya.
ISKCON Madurai, under the inspiration of HH Jayapataka Swami and leadership of HG Balaram Govinda Das and HG Shanka Dari Das, Temple President of ISKCON Madurai, organized the grand event.HH Ranga Ramanuja Jeeyar along with many other senior Sri Vaishnava Priests were the guests of honor. Seen along with the guests of honor on the dais was a Murti of Srila Prabhupada, HH Jayapataka Swami , HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, HH Bhakti Nityananda Swami, HH Bhakti Vinoda Swami and HH Bhakti Mukunda Swami. The event began with an Abhishek to the deity of Ramanuja Acharya. The Jeeyar spoke about the glories of Sri Ramanuja Acharya and his eminent role in spreading Vaishnavism all over the Indian subcontinent and now practically all over the world. He thanked ISKCON for organizing such an extravagant event and was very pleased that the followers of Vaishnavism celebrated the 1000th Anniversary in unison.
“All over the world, in different cities Ramanuja Acharya will be glorified”, Jayapataka Swami highlighted in the lecture. Maharaj went on to explain that Lord Chaitanya took two main principles from Sri Vaishnavism which included the importance of deity worship and Vaishnava Seva, which were both established by Sripad Ramanuja Acharya. “Ramanuja Acharya is from the spiritual world and he came to preach Krishna Consciousness. So we are very happy that we could unite today in the glorification of him”, Jayapataka Swami added. Maharaj began his talk by offering respects to ISKCON’s Founder Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C.BhaktiVedanta Swami Prabhupada; explained his significant positon and that ISKCON was based on the transcendental literatures that he has written.
The event was deeply appreciated by the residents of Madurai and countless devotees from the Sri Vaishnava tradition. The event spelt unity and left people with a sense of gratitude for the magnanimous Sripad Ramanujacharya. Due to the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, so many people got a chance to dive into mood and mission of a great personality.