ISKCON set for a World-stopper

BY BELLA JAISINGHANI (TNN)

Source: Times Of India

14 Lakh (1.4 million) Devotees Expected To Converge In 48 Hours For A Glimpse Of The World’s Largest Janmashtami Celebrations

Fourteen lakh cups made of dry leaves, or dronas as they are called, are stacked in the store room of the ISKCON temple in Juhu, waiting to receive the delectable ‘halwa prasad’ that is bubbling in huge cauldrons in the kitchen. One of the largest gatherings in the world on Janmashtami will unfold at this signature Krishna temple where up to 14 lakh devotees converge to pray over two days.

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Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila

BY SRILA KAVI KARNAPURNA

Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila from Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura
Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami, Published by Mahanidhi Swami

Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, saying, “Please deliver Goddess Bhumi who is feeling greatly distressed by these demoniac kings. Only You can remove this terrible influence from the earth.”

The time for an appearance of the Lord coincided with two internal desires of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. First the Lord desired to descend on earth to increase the fortune of Yasoda and Nanda. Also at that time Krishna wanted to relish the sweet mellow of smgara rasa (paramour love) while enacting His worldly pastimes. For these two reasons the Lord appeared within the material creation on Bhuloka, (earth planet), along with His parents, friends, and other eternal associates.

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They are dancing like peacocks

BY AMOGA DAS

KUALA LUMPUR – Last night about 400 devotees were at the temple to greet Lord Jagannatha, Who returned from the 6 hour Ratha yatra at 10pm. The kirtan was so jubilant, devotees dancing together in several clusters across the temple floor. They were spinning, dancing in circles, moving in and out of the center raising their hands, and going nuts. One turning circle of devotees (joined by holding hands) surrounded another circle going the opposite direction. Both went faster and faster until the spin force broke them apart. Continue reading

Ratha Yatra Youth Wave in Cameron Highlands

BY JAI SITA RANI DEVI DASI
VIDEO BY MULAKARANAM DASA
PHOTOS BY ISKCON MALAYSIA DEVOTEES

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, MALAYSIA – For the first time, a Ratha Yatra or Chariot Festival was held in Cameron Highlands. Malaysia’s largest and best-known hill resort, once the retreat of 19th century British settlers and today easily reached by road from Kuala Lumpur. Here, a mile above sea-level, stretch the cool rolling vistas of Malaysia’s green bowl, whose fruits and vegetables feed the nation’s cities. It has a charm of its own with its Tudor architecture style buildings, strawberry farms, vegetable markets, fresh flowers, tea plantation with its soothing greenery and breathtaking scenery.
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Snana Yatra – Deities in a tub

BY JAI SITA RANI DEVI DASI

KUALA LUMPUR –  It’s time again for Their Lordships, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhatra mayi to take Their yearly bath. But there was a difference, instead of taking bath in their usual manner, They were placed in a tub and abhisheked with milk, yoghurt, honey and fruit juices. They seemed to enjoy it tremendously seeing from Their beaming wide smiles. Continue reading