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Janmasthami At ISKCON Ludhiana

by Bhakta Kaplish

Posted August 26, 2008

Sri Krishna Janmashtmi was celebrated on 24th

August 08 at ISKCON, Ludhiana. 1008 bhoga of different varieties was offered to Their Lordships. This year every devotees who came for Darshan got an opportunity of Abhishek. Long queue of people were seen for Darshan and Abhishek. People had to wait for one hour to reach at Abhishek stage. It took about ten days to make a huge water proof pandal. Three stages were set up in the ground one for Abhishek, second for Altar of Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra and third for Kirtana. Altars of Their Lordship were beautifully decorated with flowers. Bhakta Prahlad school children performed drama and dance focusing on pastimes of Lord Krishna. A melodious kirtana was recited by devotees of Ludhiana, Delhi and Sri Dham Vrindavan dham.

A huge pandal for Japa of Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads was also organized by the congregation devotees. About 15000 people participated in Japa meditation, and promised to visit the temple to learn more about bhakti yoga.

AT midnight there was Maha Abhishek (the great bathing ceremony) of Krishna by temple devotees.

His Grace Vidurpriya Das, Co-Temple President, spoke on this occasion that all the saintly people and demigods pray for a birth in the age of Kali because in this fallen age of Kali it is possible to back to Godhead simply by the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna. This is the Supreme gift of Lord Chaitanya, who out of his causeless mercy appears in this world to freely distribute the love of Krishna to people who do not know Krishna. By his loving chanting of the Mahamantra He awakened the sleeping souls in bodies of men, women and animals alike. Later fasting prashadam was distributed to all the devotees.

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