On December 27th, 2020, around twenty New Vrindaban devotees celebrated 52 years of worshipping the beautiful Little Radha Vrindaban Chandra with an abhisekha bathing ceremony, chanting, feasting and retelling of the Deities’ illustrious history.
While some longtime residents of the rural West Virginia community – ISKCON’s first farm – were present, hearing the history was an inspiring revelation for the young devotees in attendance.
“To understand that Little Radha Vrindaban Chandra are the first Radha Krishna Deities of New Vrindaban, that They were worshipped at the community’s first Janmastami celebration in 1970, and that Srila Prabhupada gave directions on how to worship Them, was very inspiring for the devotees to hear,” says temple president Jaya Krsna Das. “It really created a deeper relationship between the devotees and the Deities.”
The stage was set for Little Radha Vrindaban Chandra back on August 23rd, 1968, when Srila Prabhupada officially endorsed the start of New Vrindaban in a letter to pioneer devotees:
“Now we can work with great enthusiasm for constructing a New Vrindaban in the United States of America,” he wrote. “People who came from Europe to this part of the world, they named so many new provinces, and countries, just like New England, New Amsterdam, New York, so I also came in this part of the world to preach Krishna Consciousness and by His Grace and by your endeavor, New Vrindaban is being constructed. That is my great happiness.”
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