His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sums up the truth regarding Lord Krishna’s birth in his purport to the a verse in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.24.5) – “The Supreme Personality of Godhead does not appear as an ordinary child; He appears as He is. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (4.6), He appears by His own internal potency, ātmā-māyā. And how does He appear? He appears when pleased by the worship of a devotee. A devotee may ask the Lord to appear as her son. The Lord is already sitting within the heart, and if He comes out from the body of a devotee it does not mean that the particular woman becomes His mother in the material sense. He is always there, but in order to please His devotee, He appears as her son.”

Lord Krishna is not obliged to take birth by the laws of Karma as do we. Not only that, He also declares in the Bhagavad-gītā (4.9) that whosoever understands the truth of His birth and activities also gets released from the encumbrances of Karmic reaction and heads back to the eternal blissful kingdom of God, Vaikuntha after quitting this present material body. Such is the purifying power of hearing about Lord Krishna and His various avataras.

At Sri Krishna Mandir, it is our great pleasure to organize a grand festival on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmastami for the pleasure of our temple’s presiding deities Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan. This year, we saw an attendance of about 2,000 visitors on the 18th of August who came to witness the opulent celebrations and be blessed.

The main festivities started off at 7pm on the Monday evening with a Sandhya arati to the accompaniment of Kirtan by devotees. At 8pm, the cultural show under the tent on the road started off with the Temple President His Grace Sundar Gopal Das delivering his opening address to the packed crowd. Mr. Maneesh Tripathi, the CEO of Spice Telecommunications, who felt honored and humbled to grace the function as the Guest of Honor, delivered his address. After that, mementos were given away by His Grace Sundar Gopal Prabhu to all the devotees who were recognized for their exceptional service during the year 2013-14.

Then the cultural show officially kicked off with 3 impeccable dance performances by the students of the renowned Oriya dancer Srimati Chitra Shankar. After that, there was a very lively and energetic drama performance depicting the Killing of King Kamsa by Sri Krishna Mandir’s very own drama troupe Vaikuntha Players.

At 10pm, the Maha Abhishek ceremony started off and everyone got the chance of pouring milk on Lord Krishna to bathe Him. The ceremony went on until 11:15pm. A bhajan followed until 11:30pm. Then a brief talk was given by His Grace Sundar Gopal Prabhu on the significance of Janmastami.

At 12 midnight, the conch was blown and the curtains opened to reveal the beautiful darshan of Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan. Everyone was wonderstruck at the sight of the Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan and the exquisite outfits and breathtaking altar decorations veiled partially by the smoke from a dhoop (frankincense)!

After a fulfilling evening, everyone partook of the Prasadam and thus the event came to a close.

During a lecture on Janmastami in the 1970s, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explained, “We observe Janmashtami annually, but Janmashtami is ongoing at every moment. In the vast expanse of multiple universes, each moment that happens on this earth is replicated a hundred times over each and every second somewhere else. Meaning Janmashtami is every moment of everyday everywhere.”

Sri Krishna Bhagavan ki Jaya!!!