ISKCON Janmastami Celebrations

September 6, 2007 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Immersed: While elders were immersed in ‘bhajans’ at ISKCON temple in Secunderabad on Tuesday, this little one appeared to be Krishna personified, busy playing his flute.

Sep 5, INDIA (WED) — A compilation of news reports on temple Janmastami festivities.

Hyderbad: Police keep strict vigil on temples in the wake of blasts

‘Bhajans’, special ‘poojas’ and cultural programmes marked ‘Janmashtami’ celebrations in the city on Tuesday. Devotees, in the grip of fear after the recent bomb blasts, visited the ISKCON temple at Nampally and Secunderabad and had ‘darshan’ of Lord Krishna. “Though the temple is typically crowded on Krishnashtami, the devotee count this time is definitely unusual,” said K.B. Anki Reddy, a life-member of ISKCON. The temples were kept under strict vigil by the police. Metal detectors were installed at the entrances though no frisking was carried out.

Pomp, gaiety mark Krishnashtami in Vijayawada

ENS reports that “Pomp and gaiety marked Sri Krishnashtami celebrations in the city on Tuesday. The Akhila Bharata Yadava Mahasabha organised the Janmashtami celebrations at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Music College this evening. Cow-worshipping, Govardhanagiri Puja and cultural programmes were organised.

Members of Venugopalaswamy Temple Committee organised the celebrations at Gosamrakshana Sangham at Mallikharjunapet. Similar celebrations were organised by Srikrishna Prardhana Mandiram at Kothagullu.

In a programme organised at Bloomingdale Play School, programme was organised in which children were dressed like Krishna and Gopikas.

At Chirala, Krishnashtami celebrations were held on grand note under the auspices of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at new township here on Tuesday.

The devotees organised singing and dancing programmes in praise of Lord Krishna. Swami Harikirtana Das and Swami Prabhupada performed Srikrishna puja and Vyasa puja at ISKCON centre.”

Revelling on Janmashtami in Bangalore

Times of India reports “Chants of ‘Purusha Sukta’, ‘Brahma Samhita’ and a host of other soothing mantras, rendition of ‘Krishna Ganamrita’ and ‘Dasara Pada’, set the perfect tone to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on Tuesday. Lord Krishna temples across the city held various special pujas and ‘seva’ (offerings) like ‘koti thulasi archane’, ‘Pushpanjali’ and ‘Thulabhara’. Devotees made a beeline to temples to perform ‘Jhulan seva’ – where decorated swings carrying idols of infant Krishna swayed to the tunes of devotional songs and lullabies.

At the Radha Krishna Mandir at Iskcon temple on Chord Road, presiding deities – Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra were bathed in ‘Nava Kalashas,’ having panchamrita, pancha gavya, pancha ratna, herbs, fruit juices and flowers. This was followed by sevas like ‘Pushparchana’ – offering fragrant flowers while chanting His holy names, Ekanta seva, Abhisheka Seva, Prasadam seva, Vastrabharana seva and so on. Gently swinging the specially-installed deity of infant Krishna – ‘Navanita Krishna’ on a decorated swing was one of the popular sevas. Iskcon also distributed sweets to the prisoners.

On September 5, Nandotsava, the festival observed by Krishna’s foster father, Nanda Maharaja in Gokul, will be celebrated. His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Iskcon founder acharya, will be present. The festivities saw ‘Thulabhara seva’ at Venugopala Krishnaswamy temple in Malleswaram amidst vedic chantings, while special pujas were offered at Govardhangiridhari temple in Basavanagudi.

At homes, women drew little feet symbolic of infant Krishna’s entry into the house. The deity was decorated and offered several home-made dishes made of milk, curd and beaten rice, apart from fried snacks.”

Janmashtami Celebrations Underway in Mathura

NDTV reports, “Indians are celebrating Janmashtami, the colourful festival marking the birth of Lord Krishna. And while the Lord’s birthplace Mathura or Braj-bhoomi remains the traditional hub of celebrations, the fervour is no less in cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

In Delhi festivities have kicked off in style at the ISKCON temple, with the singing of bhajans since daybreak. And Mumbai has its unique boisterous way of celebrating, with the colourful dahi handis being the central theme there.

Dahi or yogurt is strung from a pot and enthusiasts form a human pyramid to get to the pot and break it. As young men make attempts to get to the pot, there is much dancing and singing. This year, all women’s group took on the men and broke the Dahi handi near Sena Bhavan in Mumbai’s Dadar area around midnight on Monday.

And every year, on Janamashtmi, maestro Hari Prasad Chaurasia plays the flute, traditionally associated with Lord Krishna, for 24 hours at his gurukul. Thousands of devotees have gathered in Mathura to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.

At Mathura and Vrindavan, which is the land of Krishna, festivities began with the midnight aarti on Monday night in temples all over, while aartis have been scheduled in various temples.

Police baton charge ISKCON activists in Allahabad

ANI reports, “About half-a-dozen devotees were injured in mild cane charge by police, which was seeking to disperse an ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) procession in Allahabad. Devotees had assembled in the Civil Lines area and were planning to take a different route on Monday, as they wanted to avoid the curfew-bound city’s old quarters.

Police claimed that ISKCON had not obtained permission for the procession, and added that there was a ban on mass assembly following Friday’s candalism by Muslims over a torn and damaged copy of the Quran.

In Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, security forces have been deployed in and around the main temple, where thousands of devotees are attending ‘Janmashtami’ celebrations.

Black commandos and the elite National Security Guards have also been deployed.

“A layer of security checks have been enforced in different parts of the city. Around 1,000 police officers and 16 paramilitary companies have been deployed to guard the area in and around the temple,” said Ram Krishna Chaturvedi, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mathura.


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