A major spiritual event was organized at ISKCON Mayapur i.e. the appearance day of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur on February 12, 2012. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was a preacher of Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He was born as Bimal Prasad Dutta in the sacred city of Jagannath Puri. His father, a Vaishnava scholar Sri Kedarnath Dutta, was later known as Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the first to present the teachings of Chaitanyite Vaishnavism to the the West and was a notable Gaudiya Vaishnava. Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was well known for having a fiery preaching spirit and especially acute intellect. A scholar of Sanskrit, Mathematics, and Astronomy, he won the title Siddhanta Saraswati in recognition of his scholastic achievements. In 1905, following the advice of his father, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati accepted spiritual initiation from Gaurakisora dasa Babaji.
The event was organized with great fervor and the atmosphere was spiritually surcharged. All the senior devotees attended and shared some divine nectar on this auspicious day. The day started with the divine mangal aarti. Later, all the senior devotees and GBC members reached the Pancha Tattva hall and offered pushpanjali to Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.
Further, after afternoon prasadam, the divine celebration continued and at 4 pm, a massive Harinaam Sankirtan was organized. All the senior GBC members attended this Harinaam Sankirtan. Some of the divine names who attended the sankirtana are His Holiness Lokanath Swami, His Holiness Jaya Pataka Swami, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, His Holiness Bhakti Purushottam Swami and many other senior devotees. The Harinaam Sankirtan concluded at 6.30 pm.
Furthermore, all the devotees went to the Prabhupada Samadhi, where His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaj touched everyone’s heart by his divine speech on Early Days of ISKCON. Hari Sauri Prabhu elevated the atmosphere to higher spiritual level by a wonderful speech on Early days of ISKCON and Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. And with this, the major transcendental event came to an official end at 7.30 pm.
Another major event organized for paying obeisances to Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was at Bengali Pendal. The program began at 7.30 pm and all the Gaudiya Math and ISKCON devotees attended the spiritual evening. Earlier that day, the Gaudiya Math had organized a Harinaam Sankirtan to earmark Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s Appearance Day. During the evening programme, the stage was so set that Gaudiya Math devotees and ISKCON’s senior devotees sat side by side.
The senior leaders of ISKCON who attended this event are His Holiness Lokanath Swami, His Holiness Jaya Pataka Swami, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, and His Holiness Bhakti Purushottam Swami. His Holiness Lokanath Swami gave a short talk and all the devotees glorified Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur and thus the whole day was spent in commemorating Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur.