This year in Mayapur they have arranged special events to celebrate Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja. Srila Prabhupada's adivas ceremony was performed on 29th evening after sandhya arotik.

Three day Vyasa puja celebrations happenned in three different locations. On 30th the celebration took place in Bhaktivedanta National school. During Kolkata Ratha Yatra the National school had enacted a drama of Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Devi written by HH Gour Govinda Maharaja. Guru Maharaja watched this drama and he really liked it. When he came back to Mayapur he wanted to make a visit to National school but Guru Maharaja had to go back to Kolkata for his treatment and then to Bangladesh. Therefore the principal of the school, Radhakanta Gopal prabhu and Padma Radhika Mataji after discussing with Bhakti Purushottama Maharaja came up with the plan to celebrate Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja at the school and invite Guru Maharaja.

The staff and students read their offerings to Srila Prabhupada. They enacted drama, performed dance and sang songs. HG Jananivas prabhu, HG Pankajanghri Prabhu and HH Bhakti Purushottama Maharaja were also present along with Guru Maharaja. There was abhisek and aroti to Srila Prabhupada. Guru Maharaja gave a small speech appreciating the efforts of National school, how it is significant to have both spiritual and material education. Gour Govinda Maharaja's drama, touched Guru Maharaja's heart and his appreciation for Maharaja grew even more. Guru Maharaja said he was praying for all the students, staff and the parents. Guru Maharaja took his lunch at the school. The room were he had his lunch was decorated with colorful papers and balloons, and they had decorated the walls of the room with greeting cards made by the students welcoming Guru Maharaja. After prasad Guru Maharaja blessed the teachers and students.

by Ratnavali dd

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