About Us Contact Us Help


Archives

Contribute

 

ISKCON Temple Shree Krishna Janmashtami

Geetha Patil
09/19/2018

Janmashtami, the festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna was celebrated with great fervor at the ISKCON Boston temple with hundreds of devotees. The festival is observed on the ‘Ashtami’ (eighth day) of the month of Bhadrapada (September-October), as per the Hindu Calendar which was September 03, 2018 from 6:00PM to 1:15AM. It is believed that Lord Krishna, who was born roughly 5000 years back, is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

On the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, temple shrine was decorated with beautiful flowers, fruits, lights and other decorations. Devotees thronged to temple to participate in the Krishna Janmashtami from all over New England area to be part of the biggest gathering in the temple. In the first part of Janmashtami program, melodious Kirtans (Call & response singing) were sung by devotees followed by guest acknowledgements from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Devotees rushed for a special Jhulan Yatra (Swing event) of Baby Krishna with Radha. In the second part of Janmashtami, between 8:00PM to 9:45PM, the temple priests performed Vedic rituals of Shree Krishna Janmashtami.  Firstly, they performed Radha Krishna Abhishekam by sponsors, that is bathing of deities in various purifying sacred liquids like milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sugar, oil and fruit juices, and others. By offering the Abhishekam representing five elements, the devotees ask the deity to purify those elements within themselves as well as the corresponding five senses: vision (water), taste (earth), hearing (fire), smell (ether) and touch (air) followed by Sayana Arati (Call & response singing). In the second part, they performed Radha Gopivallabha Abhishek to the statues of a deities with utmost devotion while also chanting mantras. The principle behind Abhishekam is total surrender to and love to the deity. It is believed that bathing the Murti, or statue helps the devotees cleanse and purify their own minds. Mataji Indulekha, Shree Brajendranandana Das and Shree NiskinchanNitai Das lead the Abhishekams with all the Vedic rituals.

In the third part of the Janmashtami program, from 9:45PM to 11:15PM, Ms. Mellisa and Ms Karuna Randolph performed stunning Odissi Dances. The spiritual tempo of the music and their perfect mudras, abhinaya, agile footwork and grace was a treat to watch. Stories of Lord Krishna’s Pastimes were narrated very clearly and entertainingly by Ms Atulya Mata Ji to the devotees especially to the children.

In the last part of Janmashtami program, more Kirtans were sung and created a unique spiritual atmosphere in the shrine and made the devotees to immerse in the devotional world. Midnight Maha Arati was performed by the priests and devotees together with greatest devotion. Dedicated volunteers of ISKCON Temple prepared and served the Maha Prasadam to all the devotees with much love and devotion.

A huge crowd of devotees was managed very nicely by Charan Renu Das. Vishakha Priya Mataji managed the entire event very meticulously. Temple President, Shree Vanamali Das Ji thanked all the devotees for their active participation and making this event a grand success. He also thanked the sponsors and families for their kind support to the temple events. He acknowledged with great appreciation the time and services of all the dedicated volunteers.



Bookmark and Share | Share your Comments

Comments :
Post a new message

In this Issue
Carnatic Vocal Arangetram: Yash Ravish


by Ravikanth Rayadurgam
Arangetrams are meant to be the first formal concert in public for an aspiring musician. Typical expectations include a solid grasp of the technical fundamentals of the music along with the sort of preparation required to sing a full-length concert in the traditional paddhati. What is not necessarily expected is the complete composure and abandoned singing that we saw in this concert by Yash Ravish, a student of Smt. Tara Anand.
[more]

Carnatic Vocal Arangetram: Yash Ravish
Nashua Hosts Inaugural Multicultural Festival


"On behalf of the Cultural Connections Committee and the 2018 Nashua Multicultural Festival Planning Committee I am beyond thrilled with the enthusiasm and generous response with which the inaugural event was received. The success is even more gratifying as this was the kick off event to Nashua's Welcoming Week celebrations. We had 23 artisan and display tables, samples of food from at least 8 different local ethnic restaurants and a dozen exciting stage program of music and dance as well as an international traditional dress fashion show! This celebration of diversity brought us all together as one and as an immigrant myself it was immensely satisfying to see all the smiles. We will begin work on the next year's event shortly! We sincerely hope to see more cultures involved in the festivities in 2019!" - Deepa Mangalat.
[more]

Nashua Hosts Inaugural Multicultural Festival
SETU: The Fire & The Rain


SETU presents The Fire and The Rain this weekend with an 'all female cast' of 28 actors and dancers that illuminate age old human relations with Gods.
[more]

SETU: The Fire & The Rain
Gurjar Heritage Fest


by Rachana Shah
Gurjar organized second fun filled cultural fest held at the Heritage Park was a tremendous success. Over 4,000 people attended the festivities and enjoyed the mouthwatering delicacies from various food vendors.
[more]

Gurjar Heritage Fest
Shree Ganesh Bhajans And Visarjan At Satsang Center


Satsang Center invites you to Shree Ganesh Bhajans on Sunday Sept 23rd from 1:30 pm and Shree Ganesh Visarjan at 4:30 pm.
[more]

Shree Ganesh Bhajans And Visarjan At Satsang Center

You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/





































Home | About Us | Contact Us | Copyrights Help