Sri Krishna Janmastami 2003
Posted August 20, 2003
** August 20th - Sri Krishna Janmastami - a Grand Festival in the making **
This year, Sri Krsna Janmastami will be celebrated with even more pomp and celebration. Cerntered around the second annual Golden Kalash Maha Abhiseka program, this year's Janmastami program will be packed with excitement from morning till night. Deity darshan, readings and kirtans all day, volunteering in Radharani's kitchen to help make the Janmastami feast, are just some of the services and activites of this years festival. In the evening, Sri Sri Radha Govinda will be dressed in a stunning new Flower outfit, and will reveal themselves at 7pm with a rousing kirtan. There will be bharatn natyam dances, and a drama, and of course the Bathing ceremony of Sri Sri Radha Krishna. At 11pm the transcendental auction of Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Mahaprasad paraphenalia will take place, followed by the finale Midnight arati and Darshan of Sri Sri Radha Govinda in a stunning new Night dress.
We request all the devotees to come with a prayer in their hearts to continue and increase their service to Sri Sri Radha Govinda, so that They may be pleased with us and give us Their unlimited Mercy such that we can serve them eternally...
If you would like to sponsor a Kalash for the Abhisheka Ceremony, please contact Narada Rsi prabhu. We still have a few Kalashes left for sponsorship. With your donation, you will be supporting the activities of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, for years to come.
Furthermore, the temple has undertaken a sponsorship scheme for this festival, such that any and every donor who gives a minmum donation of $51 for the Janmastami Festival will receive a gift miniature deity of Makhan Chor or Gopal Krishna. Please inquire about this scheme by writing to the temple at: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Narada Rsi prabhu at (718) 855-6480.
** Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja - August 21, 2003 **
Please join us on August 21, 2003 for the 107th Vyasa Puja Celebration of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Beginning at 10am there will be readings from Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Book, as well as a Kalash bathing ceremony for Srila Prabhupada, followed by the Puspanjali and Arati at 12:30pm. This festival of course culminates with a Grand Vyasa Puja Feast.
** New Temple Room Floor **
As many of the devotees may have noticed this year, the Temple Room floor is ready to be replaced. After 20+ years of service by supporting the lotus feet of all the devotees who have gathered to sing and dance for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the Temple Management is undertaking a plan to remove all the floor tiles and the damaged sub-floor, and replace it with a brand new, more sturdy, and weather resistant floor. The temple's maintenance team, comprised of Jagatpati Das, Ujjvala Das Bhaktas Bharath, Dhaniram, and Hemchan will undertake this grand operation with the help of volunteers in the week immediately after Janmastami. Their goal, is to offer the brand new floor to Sri Sri Radha Govinda by Radhastami. Funds for the materials are slated to come from the 2003 Janmastami auction.
If you would like to help with the floor removal and installation, or would like to donate seperately for the new floor, please contact Ramabhadra prabhu, (718) 875-6127 who will give you more details of this project.