Traditionally in Vrndavan, Vasanta Pancami is celebrated very wonderfully. All the deities are dressed in beautiful yellow cloth and elaborately decorated, and all ladies dress in various shades of yellow or green.
In Mayapur, Sri Sri Radha Madhava are offered a new dress designed by the community devotees and decorated with many flowers. Everything, from the cloth to the jewellery to the decorations and even the complexion of Srimati Radharani and the gopis, is yellow.
The deities look so breathtakingly beautiful in Their new flower-bedecked outfits, which perfectly complement Their golden complexions, and the heavenly aroma from the bodies of Srimati Radhika and Her sakhis permeates the temple hall, and amplifies the sweetness and ecstasy of the devotees.
Three years ago, when she had finished the girls' school of Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja in Mayapur, I had taken her on a little tour around Europe for four months. She had moved to Mayapur with her parents at the age of one year, and she had only been outside of Mayapur two times for two weeks, to renew her passport. After finishing school she had turned 18, and her parents desired for her to see the world of ISKCON and travel a little. Even though they did not know me, they somehow trusted me and put their daughter under my care. It had been a nice experience for her, and I felt honored to offer some insignificant service to her by broadening her life experience.
This wedding was the most stylish and beautiful wedding I had ever attended. The venue was behind the Mayapur goshala, under the trees - in open nature. There was no fancy pandal, but everything was kept so simple, natural and tasteful: the trees decorated with lights served as the pandal, and a little mandap for the sacrifice was made from flowers and lights. The area was nicely decorated with naturally kept flower arrangements and painted water pots. The bride arrived in a beautifully decorated bullock cart driven by her brother, who was festively dressed up and was wearing a turban. The bride was accompanied by her girl-friends from school riding along in the bullock cart, carrying beautifully decorated and painted water pots. It was truly a scene from Vraja, reminding of the gopis! All the young ladies emanated such a chaste beauty - they had grown up with good Vaishnava training according to the principles of chastity and shyness.
And while taking the delicious feast, we could hear the cows and bulls mooing in the back ground......
The beautiful impressions stayed with me for a few days. It was a wedding in the mood of "Mayapur meets Vrindavan"......
Your servant, Devaki dd