Bhajans, prayers, dandia and more was part of the delightful medley of festivities organized at the Chinmaya Maruti in Andover, MA on August 10th on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. It is on this day that Lord Krishna incarnated on earth. He was born to parents Devaki and Vasudev who were imprisoned by the evil Kamsa. Miraculously he was able to escape to Gokul and was raised by his foster parents Yashodha and Nanda.
The celebration is a favorite one for Hindus. They birth scene is recreated with the baby Krishna placed in a cradle and with much singing dancing. At Chinmaya, the celebration was a two day event starting on Thursday with Sri Krishna Abhishekam and Vishnu Sahastranam. On Friday there was a grand celebration with Bhajans by the children of the Bala Gopal Bhajan Mandali, CMB Sangeet and by Madhu Mathur Anand, Kumkum Dilwali and Nishikant.Solwalkar. The Bhajans were so beautiful that devotees young and old were inspired to dance. Later almost close to midnight, there was Dandiya and Raas led by Shital Shah.
Chimaya runs on the strength of its volunteers. For Ritu and Jagjit Gaind, Arumugam, Vishwanath, Raji Vishwanath and Sunita Mosurkal, who are an integral part of the event along with many other key Chinmaya volunteers, this was a moment of sheer joy. “We are so grateful to the Chinmaya management team to allow us to have these special events at the temple,” says Ritu. "It is wonderful to pray with all the devotees who come to the temple."
Shobha Shastry of Alankar Decors offers her unconditional support for all the decorations. So many make prasad and sweets to makes sure that no devotee goes hungry. Priest Sri Manju Nath provides devotional services.
I recently read a quote by a Swamiji that said “Lord Krishna is always smiling. He is never in a bad mood and always embracing each and everyone with love”. That love was visible in the celebrations and Chinamaya Maruti and hence Lord Krishna was certainly present.
We look forward to other celebrations at Chimaya Maruti in the near future.