Centenary Celebrations at Barishal, Bangladesh
District Barishal- producing many freedom fighters,
was the birth place of Sriman Mahanambrataji. In the heat of district
town Barishal, Sri Mahanambrataji birth centenary was celebrated
at the historic ‘Dharmarakhani Sabha’ which was associated
with the memories of his many Bhagabad-recitals. At 9am of 1st March,
in the presence of Janab Seikh Abdul Kalam, district magistrate
of Barishal, a well decorated benign procession, marched off. Everyday
in the evening discussion sessions were held and padavali kirtan
The discussion sessions were participated by local
monks and ascetics and eminent erudites and monks from Sri Angan,
Padavali kirtan was presented by the group of ‘Kakali’.
Sristidhara cultural organization performed a musical soiree. Srimat
Kanti Bandhu Brahmachari, Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, Srimat
Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Prof Harendranath Dutta and the like
participated actively in the discussions meet. The total programme
was overseen by Sri Gouranga Kundu- Secretary, under the presidentship
of Sri Atul Chandra Saha.
Centenary Celebrations at Pabna, Bangladesh
Pabna was the sacred abode of Sri Sri Prabhu Jagat
Bandhu Sundar’s divine-pastime. On 4th and 5th March 2004
Dr. Mahanambrataji’s birth centenary was celebrated at the
famous Sri Sri Radhagovinda’s Mandir and Sri Sri Jai Kali
Mandir at Pabna. On the evening of 4th March Srimat Upasak Bandhu
Brahmachari recited from Srimad Bhagabad. Then Padavali kirtan was
presented 100 oil lamps were lighted up on 5th March morning. At
9am Nagar sankirtan was led to the Lahiri house, which was associated
with many reminiscences of Prabhu Jagat Bandhu. Pabna’s ethereal
atmosphere was literally agog with the chanting of ‘Hari Naam’.
At the end of the super celebration at midday, an interactive discussion
session on the spiritual life style of Acharya Dr. Mahanambrata
Brahmachariji was conducted in the afternoon. It was presided over
by Sri Rabindranath Roy and inaugurated by Srimat Kanti Bandhu Brahmachari.
Eminent luminaries likes Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, Srimat
Bandhu Pritam Brahmachari, Srimat Gourav Bandhu Brahmachari, Dr.
Rabindranath Bhattacharya (Satsang) presented their view points.
In this celebration it is worth special mentioning of the role played
by Srimati Itirani Poddar- highly adored by Sriman Mahanambrata
and first class magistrate of government of Bangladesh. The celebrations
were highly enriched by the total dedicated cooperation of Sri Ganesh
Ghosh, the owner of famous transport house ‘Shyamali’
Birth Centenary Celebration of Sriman
Mahanambrataji at Srimongal:-
Srimongal is a small town under Moulavi-Bazar
in Syllet District of Bangladesh. A three-day long birth centenary
of Sriman Mahanam Brataji was celebrated at various temple complexes
between 29th November to 1st December, 2004. On the first day
progammes were arranged at the Durgabari Premises of Satgaon-East.
Samsi and Rajghat Tea-Garden. Rest of 2 days progammes were organized
at Sri Sri Jagannath Complexes. Sriman Mahanambrataji was remembered
and respected tributes were paid in memoriam to his birth centenary
through lighting up of 100 lamps, recitation from Gita, Studies
from Sacred Scriptures, procession of Nagar-Sankirtan, Centenary
Tree Plantation, Praying for World Peace, Distribution of Clothes,
Voluntary Blood Donation Camp, Religious Conferences, Skits by
Song and Dances, Sit & Paint Competition, Essay Competition,
and Conclave of Devotees. These programmes were participated by
eminent personalities and men of Multifaceted Qualities of Bangladesh.
Hon. Minister Sri Goutam Chakravarty graced the occasion. Religious
commentator Dr. Barun Chandra Roy was the President of the Centenary
Committee and Sri Bakul Chandra Pal was the Secretary. The dance-drama
“East & West” as presented by Smt. Lovely Dev
Roy captivated each and everybody.
Sriman Mahanam Brataji’s Birth
Centenary Celebration at Syllet Town:-
Syllet, The third largest city is known as the
London of Bangladesh. The treasures and mental faculties of the
people living here are worth mentioning. In the sacked firmament
of this Syllet or Old Srihatta, there arose the Gourya Thakur
Sri Adwaita Mahaprabhu. Mother Sachi was born at Jaypur of this
district. Sriman Mahaprabhu’s ancestral place was at Dhaka-South
in this Syllet district only. The residents of Syllet, organized,
a six day long Birth Centenary Celebration of Sriman Mahanambrataji
at Three Ashrams between 7th to 12th December 2004. Whatever information
we could gather various progammes, spanning about a month, were
conducted in and around the Greater-Stretch of this city, with
the central theme of Birth Centenary of Sri Mahanambrataji. It
was worthy of noticing the huge-humantide of devotees every where.
Specially, the unbridled passion of the laborers at such festivals
in the tea-gardens, put us into embarrassment, too. The four-day
long main celebrations were arranged at Sri Sri Basudev Temple
at Biyani Bazar, at Dhaka-Dakshin temple complex of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s
Birth-place and at Sri Sri Nimbak Ashram, situated at Mirjajangal.
Birth Centenary Celebration at Fatehabad in Chitagong and
Opening of a New Temple Complex:
On 17th December, 2004, Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari
and Srimad Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, along with so devotees from
India, started from Sri Sri Mahanam Angan for Bangladesh, on the
occasion of celebrating the Birth Centenary of Sri Mahanambrata.
After, having a blessed vision at Faridpur – Sri Angan, they
went to Fatehabad in Chitagong. On 13th December, the new temple
complex, of Sri Sri Prabhu, was formally inaugurated, Srimad Kantibandhu
Bhattacharya, hoisted the flag on top of the temple’s pinnacle.
Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari inaugurated the main temple complex.
Srimad Gourav Bandhu Brahmachari did the invocation of the deities.
This whole programme was presided over by Pandit Sri Promodranjan
Bhattacharya. It was a really eye-enchanting temple. It was a huge
one as well as beautiful too. Sri Guruji’s idol was installed
here. Srimad Bandhu Pritam Brahmachari, inaugurated this abode of
Sri Guruji. Many eminent personalities and artists, took part in
this celebration. Elaborate arrangements for boarding and lodging
for the devotees were made at the Ramkrishna Math – attached
to the temple. Their entertainment of the guests charmed everybody.
On behalf of India, Sri Samir Das conducted smoothly the arrangements
for the transportation of the devotees. The untiring efforts of
Sri Shilajit Chowdhury and lavish donation of funds by Sri Pulin
Banik Haat-Hazari, for establishing this temple at Fatehabad, are
worthy of special mentioning.
Centenary Celebration at J.M. Sen Hall in Chitagong:-
From 17th to 20th December, 2004, span of 4 days,
the whole of Chitagong city was, as though, intoxicated with the
hilarious jubilation in the name Mahanambrataji the Nagar Sankirtan
procession deserve special mentioning. On that day thousands of
religious-minded Hindus in Bangladesh, walked down the streets of
Chitagong, in tune with the united-soul-stirring tunes of Mahanambrataji.
Their heads were decorated with Head-Gears, depicting Mahanambrataji’s
picture and chests adorning scarves. Every day, Leela Kirtan was
presented by India’s Sri Anjan Upadhyay. The following speakers
from India, placed their thoughts in these programmes:- Srimad Devananda
Brahmachari, Srimad Vrindavan Bihari Das – Kathiababa, Srimad
Kinkar Samananda, Srimad Binod Kishore Goswami, Srimad Swarup Damodar
Goswami, Dr. Pabitra Gupta, Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, Srimad
Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari & Dr. Haran Bandhu Brahmachari. Mr.
A. B. M. Mohiuddn Chowdhury, Mayor of Chitagong, inaugurated the
religious convention. A commemorative booklet titled ‘Satabhisha
Mahanambrata’ was published on this occasion. An exquisite
exhibition was arranged, with the help of 100 Earthen Models / Idols,
depicting the complete life of Sriman Mahanam Brataji.
Sri Mahanam Brataji was Felicitated with the Honour
of Freedom Fighter of Bangladesh
While inaugurating the first day’s programme at J. M. Sen
Hall of Chitagong, The Hon. Mayor Janab A. B. M. Mohiuddin (Awami-League),
learnt that Sriman Mahanam Brataji did not take rice for nine months
during the Freedom-Struggle of Bangladesh. Then and there he announced
to confer upon Mahanam Brataji. This worthy son of Bangladesh, The
Honorary Title of silent freedom-fighter. As per his commitment,
on 20th December, 2004, at 10 AM a conference, - Dr. Mahanambrata
Brahmachari, with the Honour of Bangladesh’s freedom fighter.
The Honourable, Mayor showered profuse praises on Sri Mahanambrataji’s
self-sacrifice for the independence of Bangladesh. Eminent personalities
from the corporation along with Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari,
Srimad Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, Dr. Rabindra Chandra Banik and
Lion Pintu Dasgupta shared their thoughts. The Mayor Presented a
beautiful metallic ‘Crest,’ with Sriman Mahanambrataji’s
name inscribed in it. In that ceremony, the Mayor reacted positively
and expressed his benign desires in response to the submission for
a space for establishing a temple of Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundar,
The Idol Deity of Mahanambrataji inside Chitagong city.
Birth Centenary Celebration at Rangunia
Gurudev used to comment “Devotees of Rangunia
are the beads of my Japa-Mala.” If he heard of anybody going
to Chitagong, he would tell him – “you must visit Rangunia!”
We could realize the significance of Gurudev’s statements
on reaching Rangunia. On the outskirts of Chitagong, it was a small
Hindu predominated village having a few male and female disciples.
Most of them were engaged in farming or teaching profession. Yet
with their heart-full-passions and unthinkable monetary contribution,
a huge temple of Prabhu Jagat Bandhu Sundar’s was build up
bits by bits. Because of their sincere attraction, delegation of
devotees from India participated in these 2-days brief programmes.
This created an ecstatic stir among the local devotees. By the side
of Chitagong city of pomp & splendor, this seemed to be a piece
of charming Brajabhumi. On 22nd and 23rd – a tow day long
programme was conducted at the unfinished premises of the temple
complex. On the first day morning, a colourful procession was inaugurated
by Prabhupad Srimad Binod kishore Goswami, From Kolkata. The complete
village was encircled by walking for a long period of two and half
hours. It is pertinent to mention that Local Chairman Janab Mohr.
Nurul Islam, Traveled all along with this ‘Kirtan’ party
by walking and he even lead this Harinam-Chanting Procession of
Kirtan, right in front of the office of Union Council. This reminded
of devotee Chand Kazi, during Mahaprabhu’s era.
In the afternoon, students of Rangunia Mahanam Bidyaniketan, recited
from Gita. After worshipping and Kirtan Offerings, a cultural programme
was arranged by eminent artists at the Mahanam Conclave. Conductor
Dipak Saha, requested each speaker to talk on specific subjects
on Mahanamji. At the end of the convention ‘Leela Kirtan’
was performed well-known debonair ‘Kritania’ Sri Anjan
Upadhyay, from India. On the second day also, after the worshipping
and ‘Kirtan-Offerings,’ ‘Mahanambrata-conference’
was held. Speakers from India, like Srimad Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari,
Srimad Haranbandhu Brahamachari, Srimad Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari,
Srimad Binod Kishore Goswami, Dr. Pabitra Gupta and Sri Nilratan
Biswas etc. presented their talks.
Smt. Dipali Saha, The President of Rangunia Mahanam Sevak Sangha
and the prime-mover of all these activities, appealed to all with
great favour for monetary and physical help to complete the construction
work of the temple at the earliest. Sri Nilratan Biswas from India
put up a proposal to the Chairman of the Religious Convention, to
rename a road in the name of Dr. Mahanam Brata Brahmachari. The
Honourable Chairman gladly approved this proposal then and there.
Birth Centenary Celebration At Dhaka
From 24th to 27th December, 2004, the main function
of birth centenary of Sri Mahanambrata was celebrated at Dhaka,
the capital of Bangladesh. These combined progammes were organized
on the wide king’s-way before the Dhaka Mahaprakash Math,
under a Shamiana and in the Assembly Hall of National Museum. Religious
conventions and cultural programmes were held in the premises of
Assembly Hall. Anjan Upadhyay presented his ‘Kirtan’
in the pandal before the Math. On 25th December at 12 noon, procession
of communal harmony was flagged-off by Mayor of Dhaka city, Janab
Sadek Hossain (Khoka). On the concluding day, all the flaws and
impunctualities of the prograammes at Dhaka were forgotten; by the
staging the drama ‘white face mountain,’ which depicted
Mahanambrataji’s event-full life at America. “Parash
Manir Parashey” – a drama was scripted by Sriman Pathik
and Directed by Famous dramatist Sri Amal Bose.
The Central Committee on Centenary Celebration at Dhaka, published
a commemorative treatise named “Satadeepalokey Mahanambrata.”
On the occasion of Centenary Celebration, a Website was also launched.
Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Education Minister of Bangladesh
and Ex-Speaker of Awami League attended these programmes. All Lecturers
and Artists were presented with beautiful mementos.