Chakra Announcements

Transcendental Birthday Party

by Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah

Posted August 10, 2006

Where: The Krishna Temple, 8628 S. Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah
When: Saturday August 19, from 8 pm until Midnight
Contact: Charu or Vaibhavi: 798-3559/787-1510 or Click Here for the article

The Krishna Temple at 8628 S Main St. in Spanish Fork has planned a transcendental birthday party for Saturday August 19th. to celebrate The Appearance Day of Shree Krishna. From 8 pm there will be Indian dance, drama, musical concerts, hot meals, exhibits, and gifts available to all.

This holiday for Hindus compares to Christmas Day. Five thousand years ago Shree Krishna appeared on earth to protect the pious, annihilate the miscreants, and reestablish the principles of virtue. This was accomplished in a span of 125 years even at the end of which the Lord appeared as a fresh blooming youth of 16 or 20 years. Before returning to His own spiritual abode, the Lord spoke the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) to his friend and disciple, Arjuna, thus leaving behind Him a legacy of wisdom for the ages. So stimulating and profound are these words of Shree Krishna that there have been over 300 translations of Bhagavad Gita in the English language alone.

The word "Krishna", means "All-Attractive" in Sanskrit. Krishna, in his manifest pastimes, exhibited six principle attractive qualities in full: beauty, knowledge, fame, wealth, strength, and humility. No other incarnation of Godhead exhibited these qualities to the same degree, and therefore Krishna is worshiped throughout India as "The Supreme Personality of Godhead." Devotees chant His Holy Names considering that the names of the Absolute are non different from the Absolute Himself. Aside from the ubiquitous chanting there will be many other elements to celebrate His advent on August 26 th.

Admission to this event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Caru or Vai (801)798-3559/787-1510.

Janmastami, Saturday August 19th, Programs from 8 pm. Menu of Events:

  1. Musical pageant of Krishna's Birth (includes Vasudev, Devaki, Kamsa, Putana, Narada, etc.)

  2. Dances by Bonhi Dey Chaudhuri and Neda dasi

  3. Musical Program by Arun Mehta

  4. Govinda Ala Re: As Krishna did when a child, participants will climb on each other's shoulders to reach a break a high suspended pot full of butter and yogurt. We are thinking of having two competitive teams, Cougars & Utes. Call (801) 787-1510 to sign up for one team or another.

  5. Rathayatra around temple verandah with hand carved Ratha (Chariot)

  6. Musical program by Vatsala Naageshwaran. She will present a program of 20 min of Shree Krishna Darshanam - songs on Lord Krishna by various composers and saints for this including Meera Bhajans, Vaishnava Janatho etc ( about 5 songs).

  7. Abhishekam (Bathing Ceremony). Sponsors will assist the priest in bathing the Deity, and take home the kalashas along with other gifts.

  8. Kirtans and Bhajans

  9. Midnight arati

  10. Huge feast (everyone is welcome to bring preparations to augment the feast) sold up until the midnight arati and served free afterwards.

The kalasha abhishekam (bathing ceremony) will take place about 10:30 pm. We'd like to thank the fifty families who participated last year, and all those who have been regularly supportive over the years.

This year we were hoping for new members, or heretofore marginally supportive ones, to step up to the plate, and to double the number of kalasha sponsors. In expectation, we ordered 100 kalashas from Vrndavan, India.

The photos of the kalashas can be viewed by clicking at the bottom of our home page.

For anyone who cannot be present to personally bathe the deities, we shall do the bathing in your name and send the kalasha and other gifts by post. To see and hear the festivities (except when we are doing the ratha yatra and the breaking of the butter pot outside) one can go to this web site, and click both the buttons for temple web cam and the radio buttons for live audio.

For sponsorship and to receive either the deluxe kalasha for a donation of $ 251.00 or the golden kalasha for $ 108.00, contact Caru Das at (801) 787-1510.

****Vatsala Naageshwaran : Performs South Indian classical music also called Carnatic music in the vocal style. Her principal gurus are Shri Seetharama Sharma and Shri Vairamangalam Lakshminarayanan. She started learning at age 5 from Venkatrama bhagavathar ( student of Musiri), later learnt from Alathur Panchpakesa Iyer , her mother's guru. Joined Kala Peetam a music school started by Dr Ramanatham and learnt extensive vocal music as well as music theory. She was a youth artiste at AIR. Was a member of YACM and Spic Macay. Performed several mini concerts in Chennai , India. She came to the US to do a Masters degree in Molecular Biology from Mt. Holyoke College. Presently lives and teaches music in Salt Lake City.