Janmasthami 2016

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Weeks before the most awaited festival Sri Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsava, devotees and well wishers started to prepare for the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and thus devotees were at their best to make the festival unique and memorable. If some were busy with rehearsals for dance and drama performances, others used their talents to make decorative pieces of work for the pleasure of the guests, devotees and Lord hari.
On the eve on Janmastami, many devotees put their hands together in order to have everything ready to celebrate the appearance of the Lord and worked hard till very late at night. On the next day at 04h30 in the morning, the temple hall was full of blissful devotees dancing and chanting during the mangal arti and even more during the special darshan arti of their Lordships. Each and everyone were charmed by the magnificent and alluring deities who gave darshan to everyone during the whole festival. The main program started with kirtan by the children of the gurukula and was followed by devotional dance performances, drama, lecture and abhishek of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. The youth tent also welcomed many guests and devotees who got drowned in the nectar of the holy name through the spiritual concert. Ecstatic kirtan in the temple hall produced strong vibrations and many guests thus experienced transcendental happiness and satisfaction. Full feast prasadam was distributed to thousands of people. At midnight, the most awaited moment; their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Golokananda gave their transcendental darshan to the devotees in a ver colourful and opulent outfit while the pujaris performed maha arti and chamara seva to the deities. All the devotees in the temple hall jumped and danced out of love and excitement for the Lord. A powerful atmosphere of bliss and excitement prevailed in the temple room as well as throughout the Hare Krsna Land of Phoenix on the most special appearance day of the Supreme Personality Of Godhead Sri Krishna.
Written by Ashiv Gajadhur

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