New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/21/14

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New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/21/14.

As a variation on a theme, the past few weeks we’ve  focused on the same era.

This week’s challenge: In addition to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, there are four devotees in the photo. At least two are recognizable. Can you identify them?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the Brijabasi Spirit Website.

Technical stuff: We share a photo Thursday and confirm known details Sunday. Let’s keep it light and have a bit of fun!

Special request: If you have a photo showing New Vrindaban devotees in action, share it with us and we’ll use it in a future posting.

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Here’s the info we have:


Top of scaffolding (left to right): Mahabuddhi (standing, wearing white a shirt & blue jeans), Soma (sitting, wearing a light colored kurta & dark pants).

Base of statue (left to right): Madhurya Lila (standing, wearing a brown sari), Gopi (standing, wearing a light colored sari).


Installing a flower garland on Lord Caitanya.

Madhurya Lila recalls:

“Gopi and I made the garlands in the jewelery shop using fiberglass/resin work. Each flower was made of layers of petals. We had an assembly line process as we had to time stacking the petal layers with the curing time.They were lined up so we could do multiple flowers at the same time, moving from one to the next while a layer cured partway. We pulled some late nights and at least one all nighter. The petals were cut from a fiberglass cloth, circular and assembled so they nested inside each other.”

When: Circa 1983 or 1984. Big Gaura Nitai were dedicated in 1984.

Where: New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

Special request: If you have a photo showcasing New Vrindaban residents in action, from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, please send it to us and we can share it in a future posting.

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