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Shri Krishna Jansmashtami Celebrations at ISKCON Bahrain

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Last 10 days, we were in a mood of bliss and celebration. The celebration was of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, the appearance day of Lord Shri Krishna. All the 10 days, classes were held, at our Temple, on the appearance of Lord Krishna on Earth. There were cultural programmes held. There was a dance by small children, where my little daughter participated as Radharani. There was Quiz based on the book, ‘Krishna- The Supreme Personality of Godhead’ and ‘Acting Competition’. All devotees had an enjoyable time, completely immersed in divine bliss.

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His Grace Hari Shauri Prabhuji had come all the way from Mayapur, India to grace the occasion. He was present here for the final 4 days. He is a library in himself. He has been the secretary of Srila prabhupada and has shared many memorable moments from the life of Prabhupada and his association with him. It was a great opportunity for us to have him with us in bahrain and just to listen to him gave a feeling as if Srila Prabhupada himself is always there with us.

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On the first day of his arrival, he took a class on Srila Prabhupada and then he spoke about Scientific Evidences of the Existence of God. It was a highly intellectual class and would be understood by very senior devotees. This topic was explained on Friday morning class. Friday evening, he spoke about Bhakti Vinoda Thakur. He showed images of the house, temples of Shiva, his hand written books etc. Saturday morning, he discussed about the poems written byBhakti Vinoda Thakur.

 

Saturday evening, he showed us a slide show of the latest library which he has started in Kolkata. The primary aim of the library  is to preserve the Vedas and Vedantic literature for the future generation, which will also act as evidences.

Sunday, the 17th of August, 2014, was the day of Shri Krishna  Janmashtami. Evening after the aarti, Prabhuji took a class. Later, there was abhisekam of their Lordships followed by Archana. Abhishekam is usually done with panchamritam which includes milk, honey, curd, coconut water, mango pulp juice etc. After that, their Lordhips are decorated int he best of clothes, jewellery and flowers. Temple was over-crowded andSankirtan too was going on. The best part was the 12 am aarti. As Lord appeared at mid-night, devotees observe fast till mid-night. When the curtains were removed for darshan, Lord appeared so magnificently beautiful. The darshan, after fast is holy auspicious and wonderful. I had tears of emotion in my eyes. I felt, this fast is completely worth as I got such a beautiful darshan of my Lord.

On Monday, Nandotsav was celebrated. It was also the appearance day of Srila Prbhuapada. Evening, after abhishekam, Prabhuji took a class on Srila Prabhupada. After that, there was a song presentation by all the young girls followed by aarti of PrabhPada. During the aarti, a prayer song offred to Guru was also sung.

There was a small round of Dahi-Handi which was enjoyed by children. The evening concluded in prayers offered to Lord Narsimha Dev, followed by honouring of Mahapprasadam.

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ShriKrishna Janmashtami : The Day to celebrate the appearance of The Lord on Earth

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Lord Krishna is considered to be the complete incarnation or avatars of Lord Vishnu. ‘Krishna’ means ‘The one who is all-attractive’. Lord is believed to all-pervading. The one who is present every where at all times. The Lord appeared on Earth to protect the good, innocent and the Saintly and to punish the wrong-doers. His teachings are contained in ‘The Bhagwad Gita’ the most sacred book of the followers of Hinduism. In the Gits, the Lord promised that whenever there will be a fall in righteousness, the Lord will manifest himself from time to time.

20140309_210202 Shri Krishna Janmastami is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of Shravana Month according to the calender followed in Northern India. Some states of South India also celebrate on the same day except the state of Kerala.

Devotees of the Lord fast on this day till mid-night. There is a tradition of observing a total fast where water is also not consumed. This in one way of loving the Lord. The Lord appeared at mid-night and hence the Lord is worshiped at mid-night with flowers, sandal wood paste, Tulsi leaves, Incense sticks, lamps, fruits and sweets. 

2014-04-11 13.08.29 Places like Vrindavan, Mathura, Dwarka, Jaggannath Puri and Mayapur in India receive a huge number of devotees on the occassion of Janmashtami. The next day is celebrated as Nandotsav.