History of the Deities
The Deities, Lord Gouranga and Lord Nityananda, also called GauraNitai were originally fashioned in New Vrindavan, West Virginia and worshipped for the first time at the Berkeley Temple in San Francisco, USA. They arrived on the auspicious day of Ram Navami at Glasgow Airport in the spring of 1996. As it was meant to be, the Customs on Glasgow Airport stamped the papers for Their official entry at sunset, the time of Lord Rama’s appearance, making Their entry all the more auspicious and special. They were then brought to Karuna Bhavan, where They have since been the presiding deities for all of Scotland.
About the Deities
The popular Gouranga campaign in North England and Scotland – ‘Call out Gouranga Be Happy’ is after Lord Gouranga or the Golden One. Lord Nityananda, Lord Gouranga’s eternal and intimate associate is All Merciful who sees the good in all and helps aid our spiritual progress. He moves us closer in our devotion to Lord Gouranga, avatar of both Lord Krishna and His consort Shrimati Radharani, who appeared 500 years ago in a small town in eastern India called Mayapur, currently in West Bengal, India. Lord Gouranga is also known as Shri Chaitanya Mahapraphu who gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India. Under His direction hundreds of volumes on the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness were compiled. And the sankirtana movement or congregational chanting of the holy name – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is being furthered and followed all over the world in His footsteps.