“If someone approaches you and offers to serve you in your home and in your business and wants nothing in return — just wants to make you happy — then you will naturally feel inclined toward that person. ‘This is a sign of your sincere devotion.’ With God it is the same way. If you approach God with no material desire, you want only His pleasure, then He will makes all arrangements for you, His devotee. So Lord Nityananda gave Raghunatha dasa a service that would attract the attention of Lord Caitanya. He said, ‘You make a big feast of chipped rice and yogurt and distribute to all the Vaishnavas in the area.’ And once the word got out — you know how devotes are — once the word got out that there was a big feast being prepared, thousands and thousands of Vaishnavas came.” — Indradyumna Swami
On June 15, 2008, His Holiness Giriraj Swami and His Holiness Indradyumna Swami celebrated the Panihati Cida Dahi Festival at the Panca-tattva temple in Laguna Beach, California. Giriraj Swami was asked to give the main talk, and Indradyumna Swami too gave a wonderful talk. Both spoke eloquently on the glories of Srila Raghunath dasa Gosvami in relation to the Cida Dahi festival. This MP3 recording includes both lectures.
The festival concluded with the sumptuous, world-famous feast of the Laguna Beach temple. The feast included samosas, chutney, dahi wada, pooha (cida), a pastry with corn and panir, a spiral savory, a rich sabji, a drink, and a four- or five-tier cake with icing and strawberries.