Lord Balarama's Appearance Day

Lord Balarama is Krishna’s elder brother and His appearance day takes place on the full moon day (purnima), two weeks before Krishna Janmashtami. Krishna and Balarama were the darlings of Vrindavan/ Vraja. Together They would spend the day enjoying the company of the cowherd boys in the forests of Vraja. Their wonderful pastimes are related in the tenth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which Srila Prabhupada also translated as The Krishna Book. Lord Balarama is also considered the original spiritual master and His worship is therefore most important for Vaishnavas.
ISKCON does not have many temples where Krishna and Balarama are the presiding Deities. However, our ISKCON Vedic Farm at Bon-Acceuil is the home of very beautiful Deities of Krishna and His brother, Balarama. Therefore this festival has very special significance in Mauritius.

At Bon-Acceuil, the programme of lecture, drama, chanting, dancing, and feasting begins at noon. Devotees from around the island attend the festival and the mood is very jubilant. Lord Balarama loves honey and traditionally a drink called varuni which has high honey content is offered to the Lord on this occasion. It is then distributed to the devotees, who have been fasting till noon. At Phoenix the programme is in the evening unless it falls during the weekend or on a public holiday.