Thursday, March 12, 2020

10-day Brahmotsav begins at Rangji Temple of Vrindavan

Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar visits the city in a splendid golden chariot

Ten-day long Brahmotsav began amid grand celebrations at the famous Rangji Temple of Vrindavan on Thursday. The much-awaited festival began with the procession of presiding deity of the temple, Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar in a golden chariot ‘Sri Poornakothi Vahan’. A large number of devotees took part in the procession. To welcome the procession, devotees and temple priests made beautiful Rangoli on various spots of the Yatra-Marg.

Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar seated in a golden chariot during the Brahmotsav procession

The festivities of Brahmotsav began with the worshipping of Garuda-Stambha, a gigantic golden pillar situated at the middle of the temple premises, in the morning. Following this, a flag was mounted on Garuda-Stambha signifying the official start of the Brahmotsav. Colloquially, this golden pillar is also called ‘Sone ka Khamba’. Then, Sri Lord Goda-Rangamannar was carried out in a huge procession seated in ‘Sri Poornakothi Vahan’. A huge crowd of devotees from various parts of India gathered on the front door of the temple to welcome the procession. South Indian musical instruments like Nadaswaram and Thavil added a unique charm to the procession which reached the Temple gardens via Chungi Square. A large elephant wearing Ramanuja sect Tilak on his forehead was leading the grand procession. Temple priests or a group of Acharya Ji was chanting Vedic Mantra during the processions. After resting for some time at the Temple Gardens, the procession headed back to the Temple premises. For thousands of devotees of Sri-Goda-Rangamannar, Brahmotsav is one of the most anticipated events of the year.

   Temple priest worshipping Garuda-Stambha during the opening ceremony of Brahmotsav

As per the traditions of the Rangji Temple, one-day before the Brahmotsav, the chief commanding officer of Sri Ranganatha, Vishwaksena visits the Yatra Marg to review the preparations of the Brahmotsav. Thus, Vishwaksen was taken out in a procession on Wednesday to evaluate the arrangements. He was seated in a silver chariot and was accompanied by Temple priests and devotees of Sri Ranganatha.

Commander Vishwaksen in a silver chariot

As per Swami Raghunathji of the Temple, Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar will be carried out in various golden and silver Vahanas during 10 days of the Brahmotsav. Processions will be conducted during mornings and evenings for all 10 days.

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