Devoting the Temple to Divine Love



In November of 2005 the temple of Bhakti Mandir was dedicated to the devotion of Radha Krishna. The ceremonies were glorious, replete with the Divine Love that permeates everything that the Kripalu Maharaj touches. In this case, over twenty thousand acolytes arrived via procession eager to consecrate their new home, bathing the building in the waters of the Ganges River.

A succession of ceremonies during the three-day event led up to the ultimate moment of dedication. Hours upon hours the devotees could be heard joyfully chanting, inspired by the occasion. On the final day the sculptures within the temple were named through a sacred ceremony and imbued with the personification of the deities they represent. The name presented to the deities by the Jagadguru? Shree Radha Govind. That evening a huge feast was held, donated lovingly by the Jugadguru, and more than 10,000 were served from various villages in the area. In the final ceremony Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj raised a golden flag with his own sainted hands, a symbol of the beauty of Divine Love to which he is devoted.