THE BEGINNING: DECEMBER 31, 1999 A.D. On 31st December 1999 A.D., it was unprecedentedly resolved by venerable Gurushree Vedprakash Jee to begin a Sahastrabdi Vishwa Uddhar Raas Samkirtan Mahayajna (A Millenium World Salvation Observance of Singing in Loud Tone in Praise of Lord Krishna’s Name by devotiinal Dance in Salempur Town of Deoria district in Uttar Pradesh Province of India. For successful execution of the Mahayajna, idols of Lord Srikrishna and Goddess Radha Rani were set.
OBJECTIVE It is the objective of the Mahayajna that Lord Dear Srikrishna may incarnate with His Divine Flute on this earth not to eliminate the witless people but bring them to salvation. With this prayer, aspiration and objective, the Mahayajna began on December 31, 1999 A.D.
- TRADITIONS It is a Mahayajna of worshipping in Gopi Bhava ( the devotee considers himself/herself as the beloved of Lord Krishna) and worship of the love of Shree Radha Madhav as provided in Vaishnava Sect of Hindu Religion. Bhagvannaam Samkirtan (singing in loud tone in praise of God), Namjap (reciting God’s name), Bhav Nritya (dancing by expressing different moods and emotions) and Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Worship) are the means to express one’s devotion. The basic mantra of this tradition is: !! SRIKRISHNA GOVIND HARE MURARE, HEY NATH NARAYAN VASUDEVA !!
- NATURE OF MAHAYAJANA Bhajans, Naam Samkirtan, Naam Jap (reciting God’s name), Bhav Nritya, Pravachan (sermon) and Sant Samaagam (congregation of saints) is organised everyday three hours each in the early morning and evening. The morning session begins with Gopika Geet (songs and bhajans of Gopikas) and the evening session with recital of “STOTRA SHYAMDAL SHATDAL” composed by Gurushree Ved Prakash Jee. Besides, the daily routine of Radha Krishna, their daily bath, clothing and Raag Bhog (offering sweets, fruits and other eatables to the God) etc. is also performed with complete love and devotion. After Aarti, doors of Lord Shree Krishna and Goddess Shree Radha Rani are closed for their rest.
- MAHOTSAVA During Mahayajna, Janmotsava (birth celebrations) of Lord Shree Krishna and Radha Rani is celebrated for continous 17 days every year during Bhadrapad Maas (month of August-September). During Mahotsava, ceveral celebrations including birth celebrations of Lord Shree Krishna, Gokulotsava (the celebrations of Gokul, the place where Lord Shree Krishna spent his childhood, Nandotsava (the celebrations of Nand’s place; Nand and Yashoda brought up Lord Shree Krishna and Lord considers them as His parents), Chhatihaar (the celebrations made on the sixth day after birth) of Lord Shree Krishna, Dandiya Dance (a type of dance in which wooden sticks are played in a rythm), Matki Phod Leela (the celebrations in which earthen pots containing butter are placed on a high place and group of youth compete to reach the pot and eat butter contained in the pot), Prakatya Mahotsava (birth celebrations) of any one Sakhi (female friend) of Lord Shree Krishna, Shree Radha Janmotsava (birth celebrations of Shree Radha Rani), congregation of saints, seminars, recitation of songs of Shree Radha Krishna, Dadhi Kardmotsava (celebrating Holi with curd, butter, turmeric, sandalwood etc.) and Katha of Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran are organised. In addition, Gopujan (worship of mother cow), Gurupujan (worship of Guru), Ahoi Ashtami (celebrating Lord Shree Krishna’s win over Vrishabhasur; ‘Ahoi’ word drawn from ‘Aha’ an expression of joy), establishment and worship of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund, Raas Purnima (performing Raas on full-moon), Govardhan Pujan (worship of Goverdhan mountain which was lifted by Lord Shree Krishna in order to save the people of Braj), Annakoot Mahotsava (celebrations of offering eatables of six Rasas and atleast fifty six varueties), Shree Mahalakshmi Pujan (worship of goddess lakshmi, the goddess of wealth) etc. are also celebrated. The anniversary of Mahayajna is also celebrated as Vaarshik Mahotsava (the annual function). In the Vaarshik Mahotsava, a grand Rathyatra (the chariot procession) of Lord Shrikrishna and Radharani is also organised. Besides, 48 hours non-stop Bhagannam Samkirtan (singing in loud tone in praise of God), bhajan singing, Bhagwat Katha, Sant Samagam (congregation of saints), Kavya Goshthi (recitation of self composed poems one by one by a number of poets at one stage) and seminars of scholars from different fields are also organised. The Indian New Year of Indian Panchaang Tradition (the Indian Calender) Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada is also welcomed with a 24 hours non-stop Bhagvannam Samkirtan. A grand Bhandara (free feast to all) is also organised on every Thursday. Bhajans, Kirtan, Satsang Pravachan (sermon of Gurushree and Vaishnava Saints), Bhavnritya etc. are organised every early morning and evening.