Lordships Sri Sri Radha Golokanada, of Hare Krishna Land, Phoenix,
in the center of the island of Mauritius, were installed originally
by Bhagavana Prabhu on Janmastami 1983. The making of Their Lordships
in Jaipur, India, was expertly supervised by Sitala devi dasi
(ACBSP), as were the making of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama in the
Bhagavan das, Arjuna das and Atma-atma das installing Srimati
on Janmastami of 1983.
Sri Sri Radha Golokananda in 2002.
Radha Golokananda in 2005.
On the 31st
Dec 2001 evening, during being dressed, a pujari blacked
out & fell over with the Lord. His Lordship Sri Golokanadaji
devastated all the minds & hearts of all the devotees in Mauritius
by manifesting such an incomprehensible pastime of jumping off
His alter. He even arranged special glue to be on hand to glue
Himself back together. Some of our ISKCON leaders had a few of
the local leading devotees hold His feet while making false statements.
So instead of letting His devotees perish for having lied while
holding His lotus feet, He preferred to enact the lila
of falling off His alter.
the Lord being very much still present in His glued-up Deity Form,
for those who knew how to look with love and devotion, many of
the island's people of Hindu origin stopped coming to the temple,
due to the superstition of bad luck incurred in worshiping a broken
Deity. Therefore the ISKCON local leaders decided to get a new
Deity made in Jaipur, India. His replacement Deity would be installed
and the old Deity put to Samadhi in the ocean.
new Murti arrived from Jaipur on April the 6th. His auspicious
coming to Mauritius saw the country washed clean with torrents
of rainfall lasting three days! There was flooding in Port Louis
like never before recorded in history on the Sunday He came! On
the day of installation, Sri Ramnaumi, 11th
April, 2003, as well as the day after, it again rained like never
before! His Holiness BB Govinda Swami and His Holiness Bhakti
Vidhya Purna Swami came to Mauritius to conduct the installation
Bhakti Vidhya Purna Swami performs the yajna on the installation
Swami brought his Kazakhstan Bhajan Band for two weeks to perform
for the pleasure of Their Lordships and Their devotees.
Govinda Swami urging the devotees to chant enthusiastically.
Vidhya Purna Swami performs the
Abhisheka of Lord Golokananda.
Abhisheka ceremony His Lordship Sri Golokanada joins Sri Radha
on Their alter prior
to getting dressed and receiving the midday feast offering.
Giriraja Swami heard about the heavy rainfall that heralded
the coming of His
Lordship Golokanadaji, he wrote, "Auspicious indeed!"
After seeing jpegs of the new Deity Form of His
Lordship he wrote: "The face of the Deity
is hauntingly beautiful--so reminiscent of the original. I felt
He was telling me, "I am the same. Come and visit Me."
Audience (Darshan), Sri Ramnaumi, 11th April,
Sunday the 13th April, three boats holding a dozen devotees each
went out from the East coast of the island to accompany the Deity
Form of the Lord and immerse Him in Samadhi in the deep sea, at
a spot about 35 meters deep. Bhakta Mario, who is a professional
deep sea diver, arranged for the boat and scuba equipment to take
His Lordship to His Deep Sea Samadhi.
of the Lord is driven to the East coast.
and getting ready to head out to the deep.
on His way to His Deep Sea Samadhi.
of Devotees accompanying Him to His
Deep Sea Samadhi.
His Lordship into the sea.
Mario and Gaura Gopala das preparing to accompany His Lordship
to the sea bottom at 35m depth.
year later Bhakta Mario had these pictures taken of His Lordship
in His Deep Sea Samadhi, reclining on the Ocean bottom, still
playing His flute and being worshipped by Varunadeva and the fish.
A big blue
fish was swimming near the smiling Lord, seen in the top right
when these photos were taken.
following devotees' wonderful service was instrumental in having
the beautiful new Deity form of His Lordship Golokanadaji brought
to Mauritius. Advaita Krishna das and Ranchor das went to a lot
of trouble to provide the Jaipur Murti-walla
sculptors with exact drawings and measurements to ensure that
the new Deity is as exact as possible to the previous form. Sri
S. Adjodah (now Ayodhyapati das), together with Raghava Pandita
das, Vice President of ISKCON Delhi temple, went to Jaipur, India,
paid the balance owed to the Murti-walla, and
brought His Lordship to Mauritius.
Sri Radha Golokananda ki