Hare Krishna! ISKCON-Arya Samaj Rd to host Krishna Janmastami at Kudroli Temple on 24 Aug
Hare Krishna! International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)-Arya Samaj Rd, Mangaluru to host Sri Krishna Janmastami at Koragappa Kalyana Mantapa, Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Kudroli, Mangaluru on 24 August
Mangaluru : Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India in the month of August. According to the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon. Sri Krishna is considered as the one of the most powerful human incarnations of the Lord Vishnu. He was born around 5,200 years ago in Mathura. The sole objective of Sri Krishna’s birth was to free the Earth from the evilness of demons. He played an important role in Mahabharata and propagated the theory of bhakti and good karma which are narrated deeply in the Bhagwat Geeta.
Sri Krishna was born in a prison in the custody of Kansa. Vasudev, His father immediately thought of his friend Nand and decided to hand over his child to him to save Krishna from the clutch of Kansa. Krishna grew up in Gokul and finally killed his uncle, King Kansa. The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place during the midnight as Sri Krishna is believed to be born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and violence of his uncle, Kansa. All over India this day is celebrated with devotional songs and dances, pujas, arti, blowing of the Conch and rocking the cradle of baby Sri Krishna. The Janmashtami celebration of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Sri Krishna had spent his life, are very special. On this day temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious mantras are sung in the temples.
And locally here in Mangaluru, ISKCON which is celebrating this FEAST in a grand scale since years, is once again geared up for the Krishna Janmashtami. Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at Mangaluru Press Club, Sanandana Dasa-the Secretary of ISKCON said, ” International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Arya Samaja Road is organizing Sri Krishna Janmastami on 24th August 2019 in Koragappa Kalyana Mantapa, Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Kudroli, Mangaluru, from 9 am to midnight”
“On this day the Program starts with cultural programs like Krishna Vesha, coloring and painting Competitions for children from 9 am to 1 pm. This will be followed by the prize distribution of the ‘Heritage Fest’, Inter school competition which was held on 4th of August 2018 in Ramakrishna Higher Primary School, Bunts Hostel, Mangaluru. We have conducted different events like Gita Shloka Chanting, Classical Dance, folk Dance, Rhymes, Story Telling, Essay writing, vocal Music etc. for approx. 700 students from 30 schools in and around Mangaluru” added Sanandana Dasa.
He further said, “Japa Mantapam an exclusive 108 step-mantapam will be created to facilitate the chanting of the Lords holy name by all. Donna prasadam for all the devotees is also arranged. There will be a special swing for Little baby Krishna and people can offer “Jhulan Seva” to the Lord. Devotees can also offer pushpanjali seva to Lord Krishna during the same time on this day. Grand Maha Abhisheka of Sri Krishna Balaram at 9.00 p.m All are welcome for the festival without discrimination of caste, creed and religion”. Also present on the dais during the press meet were Shveta Dvipa Dasa-the Cultural Programme Coordinator, N Balakrishna Rai- volunteer and coordinator , among others.
Programme is as follows:
9.00 a.m to 1 p.m : Krishna Vesha, Colouring & Painting Competition for Children
12.00 p.m to 8.30 p.m : Darshan of Sri Krishna Balaram
4.15 p.m : Vaikalika Arathi
5.30 p.m : Sandhya Arathi
5.00 p.m to 8 p.m : Cultural Programs
9.00 p.m : Maha Abhisheka of Sri Krishna Balaram
10.30 pm to 12 midnight : Special talk on Sri Krishna Janmashtami & Video Show.
12.00 midnight : Maha Mangala Arathi
12.30 midnight : Mahaprasadam for all.
For Details : For Krishna Vesha Contact : 6361849582; For Colouring & Painting Competitions Contact : 7975434493