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Around 1000 prizes were distributed under ISKCON Heritage Fest, a competition of Indian heritage based events for school students on 26th and 27th September 2014. The festival which spanned over a period of 12 days, was the biggest cultural festival organized for children in Hubli and Dharwad. A total of 30 contests were conducted. More than 13,500 children participated from various schools, including Government schools. It involved a number of colorful events like drama, dance, rangoli, vocal music, Vedic quiz, painting contest, etc. Students from classes LKG to 10th Standard was given an opportunity to display their creativity and talents in these contests.

Smt. Bharthi Patil, Sri Hitesh Modi – President, VHP-Hubli Mahanagar, Official Sponsor of Heritage Fest 2014, Sri Narinder Barwal of Himalaya Enterprises & Euro Kids, Sri Mohan Guruswamy of Colour point and others distributed the prizes in presence of Sri Rajiv Lochan Dasa, President, ISKCON-Hubli-Dharwad.

An attractive “ROLLING trophy” was awarded to JSS MANJUNATHESWAR SCHOOL DHARWAD for overall best performance and runner up trophy was shared by two schools – PARIVARTHAN GURUKUL SCHOOL and CHINMAYA VIDYALAYA . Top 5 Schools were given mementos. All teachers who had trained the winning students were also given mementos.

Heritage Fest 2014 Prize Distribution Ceremony

Around 1000 prizes were distributed under ISKCON Heritage Fest, a … Readmore

King Bali, the grandson of Prahlad Maharaj was so great that Lord Krishna himself as Sri Vamanadev appeared to propound his great qualities as a devotee. Lord Vamanadev appeared in the court of King Bali begging for three paces of land. Shukracharya, the spiritual master of King Bali warned him not to give anything to the dwarf brahmana as he was disguised Lord Vishnu. But King Bali, rejecting the orders of his guru, surrendered everything to Lord Vamanadev. Lord Vamanadev covered the entire universe with his two paces and he was not left with space to keep his third foot. King Bali offered his head so that Lord Vamandev could place his third foot. Pleased by his devotion in the mood of full surrender, Lord Vamandev gave many benedictions to King Bali even though he did not ask for anything.

The appearance day of Sri Vamanadev was grandly celebrated at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad on 6th September 2014, Saturday.

Here is a video on Vamana Jayanthi. Click to have a glimpse at the celebrations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdcrY-nkEQU

Vaman Jayanthi

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The divine appearance day of Srimathi Radharani, the topmost devotee of Lord Sri Krishna was celebrated at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad on 2nd September 2014. It was a day of ecstatic bhajans, kirtans and aratis.

The special programs for the day started at 6.00pm with Bhajans composed by the Gaudiya Vaishanava Acharyas on Srimati Radharani and Lord Krishna. This was followed by a discourse by HG Rajiv Lochan Prabhu, President, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad. The eyes of the devotees welled up when they had the darshan of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram in the main altar and Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra in the special festival altar. The festival altar was designed in the form of a Jhulan(Swing) on which a cut out of Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra was placed. The cut out looked exactly like a live deity. With colourful flower decorations and lamps, the altar looked gorgeous.

Here is a video on Radhastami. Click to have a glimpse at the celebrations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG8MktKnz5M&list=UUTQi2CdkMmBFzwkUWdE3Pug

Sri Radhashtami

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Grandeur and festivity marked the celebrations of Sri Krishna Janmashtami,

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Grandeur and festivity marked the celebrations of Sri Krishna Janmashtami,

The II Batch of Culture Camp 2014 was conducted from12th May 2014 to 27th May 2014.  About 60 children participated in the camp.  6 to 9 year old children were taught Krishna Rhymes.  They were engaged in activities such as colouring, painting etc.  They were also made to memorize slokas from Bhagavad Gita.

10 to 16 year old children were taught to recite slokas from Bhagavad gita.  They were also taught how to apply those principles in their daily life.  They were instilled with values like co-operation, simplicity, humility, cleanliness and tolerance.  They were also taught to respect elders & teachers and how to control anger.  All these were taught in a very playful way with active participation of all the children through group activities such as group discussions, role plays, quizzes etc.  The children were also taught clay modeling and many other art & craft works.

The highlight of the camp was Talents day, which was conducted on 25th May 2014, Sunday.  Children displayed their talents which they acquired during this camp.  Lakshmi Harakuni, Shivani Harakuni, Shrigouri Kadam and Surabhi Arakasali displayed their dancing abilities by gracefully dancing for the songs composed by the dasas of Karnataka.  Lakshmi Harakuni and group presented a lovely Dandiya dance.  ‘Krishna’s Headache’ – a play enacted by 19 children was the talk of the day.  The dialogue ‘aiyo, no no no no’ spoken by the sages in the drama echoed throughout the hall even after the program came to an end.

As part of Industrial visit, the children visited the Akshaya Patra Hubli Kitchen, which is the World’s largest kitchen.  The children were taken for a tour to Central Science Centre, Dharwad on 27th May 2014.  And the camp came to an end there.  The children departed with heavy hearts promising to attend Culture Camp 2015.

Culture Camp II Batch

The II Batch of Culture Camp 2014 was conducted from12th May … Readmore

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