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As part of Deepavali Celebrations, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad had organized Govardhana Puja yesterday(24/10/2014). This festival is celebrated to commemorate the pastime of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains sent by Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens. Lord Krishna forbade the residents of Vrindavana from worshipping Indra. He induced them to worship Govardhana Hill instead. The Govardhana Hill is not an ordinary hill. It is actually very dear to the Lord. On this day Govardhana Hill is worshipped in a small replica form, made of cooked rice and other edibles in temples all over Vrindavan. This replica of the Govardhana Hill is generally known as ‘annakoota’. Huge quantities of food are prepared in this ceremony and are very extensively distributed.

At ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad, the festival was celebrated with great pomp and splendor. The deity of Lord Krishna was attired in Govardhana Giridhari Alankara. The scene of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana hill on His little finger came alive in the altar. In the temple cultural hall, a replica of Govardhana Hill was made out of egg free cakes which weighed about 300 kg.

More than 800 devotees attended the festival. Special Aratis were performed. Go-puja was also performed. Fireworks were displayed for the satisfaction of the Lord. All the visitors were served with sumptuous prasadam and egg free cake.

Govardhan Puja

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The month long celebrations – Deepotsava, Festival of lights began at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad. Lord Krishna performed his most wonderful lila, Damodar Lila during this Karthika month. Mother Yasoda bound Krishna to a wooden mortar with ropes. Lord Krishna, the supreme Lord is not even obtained by the great yogis. But a simple cowherd woman like Mother Yasoda could catch and bind him. Padma Purana says that Mother Yasoda did not bind Krishna with ropes, she bound him with pure love. Through this lila, Lord demonstrates that he can only be obtained by pure love. To commemorate this event a grand festival is celebrated in all ISKCON temples across the world, throughout this Karthika month. This year, the festival is being celebrated from 8th October 2014 to 6th November 2014.

As part of Deepotsava celebrations, a diaroma depicting Damodar lila is kept for display in the temple hall. Lord Krishna was adorned as Guruvayur Krishna on 12th October 2014, Sunday. A grand arati was performed at 8pm with the accompaniment of soul stirring bhajans and kirtans. All the devotees who visited the temple offered ghee lamps to the Lord.

Guruvayur Krishna Alankar

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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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