272 steps to Batu Caves

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
pict0001KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – A trip to the famous Batu Caves was arranged for the year end for the children from Gokul Garden and Gopal’s Fun School from ISKCON KL and ISKCON KLANG on Christmas Day. They had loads of fun and the trip was really memorable.

Batu Caves is a 400 million limestone hill with beautiful stalactities and stalagmites is natures wonder. The massif and its caves shelter a variety of flora and fauna – some are so rare that they are only found here.

A 113 year old main temple dedicated to Lord Subramaniar (also known as Lord Karttikeya or Lord Muruga) is lodged in a cave known as the Temple Cave, 400 feet above ground level.  One has to climb a 272 step stairway to reach the temple. Close to a million people converge here on the eve of Thaipusam. Thaipusam falls on the full-moon day of the Tamil month of  Thai. The day also marks the day on which Lord Siva danced with His consort Uma and the day where Lord Muruga received his divine spear, Vel,  from His mother, Uma. Continue reading

Lord Jagannath reciprocates

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

KLANG, MALAYSIA – In Malaysia, the festival deities Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhatra travel throughout the country to give their blessings and mercy to the people at large. There are over 20 Ratha Yatras in Malaysia and the grandiosity and pomposity increases every year. We are also very lucky to get many sanyasis who visit our country during this period. Their presence enhances the festival mood and their purity fills our hearts. Continue reading

Ratha Yatra – Penang Island

Source: Iskcon.com.my

bs.jpgPENANG, MALAYSIA – You can be sure to be immersed in kirtan and dance during the Ratha Yatra in Penang Island. This festival was celebrated this year on 13 December. The chariot procession started at 5.30pm from the Dato Keramat Sivan Temple with crowd of devotees only enough to pull the chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra Devi and Gaura Nitai. But within one hour the crowd swelled to about one thousand and when the chariots reached little India at about 8pm the crowd had jammed the streets. At Little India some tourists and onlookers joined the festival, singing and dancing with the devotees. Continue reading

HH Jayapataka Swami leaves hospital

BY RATNAVALLI DD

jps_1The day we had all waited for has arrived! Guru Maharaja leaving the Hindhuja hospital after 2months of his admission.

Braja Hari prabhu and Rajasuya prabhu went to the hospital to bring Guru Maharaja. Bhadra Balarama prabhu and Vaikunthapati prabhu were already in the hospital for the night shift. Ekanath Gaura prabhu, Acintya Nitai prabhu, Maha Varaha prabhu and Isvara Puri prabhu went in the morning to assist in this process. Continue reading