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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 was fully pleased and he 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

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Hiranyakashipu was ready to kill his own son Prahlada Maharaja, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared in front of the demon as Sri Narakesari, half lion and half man, and killed him.

Following the instructions of Prahlada Maharaja, all the sons of the demons became attached to Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When this attachment became pronounced, their teachers, Sanda and Amarka, were very much afraid that the boys would become more and more devoted to the Lord. In a helpless condition, they approached Hiraëyakaçipu and described in detail the effect of Prahlada’s preaching. After hearing of this, Hiranyakashipu decided to kill his son Prahlada. Hiranyakashipu was so angry that Prahlada Maharaja fell down at his feet and said many things just to pacify him, but he was unsuccessful in satisfying his demoniac father. Hiranyakashipu, as a typical demon, began to advertise himself as being greater than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but Prahlada Maharaja challenged him, saying that Hiranyakashipu was not God, and began to glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead, declaring that the Lord is all-pervading, that everything is under Him, and that no one is equal to or greater than Him. Thus he requested his father to be submissive to the omnipotent Supreme Lord.

The more Prahlada Maharaja glorified the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the more angry and agitated the demon became. Hiranyakashipu asked his Vaihnava son whether his God existed within the columns of the palace, and Prahlada Maharaja immediately accepted that since the Lord is present everywhere, He was also present within the columns. When Hiranyakashipu heard this philosophy from his young son, he derided the boy’s statement as just the talk of a child and forcefully struck the pillar with his fist.

As soon as Hiranyakashipu struck the column, there issued forth a tumultuous sound. At first Hiranyakashipu, the King of the demons, could not see anything but the pillar, but to substantiate Prahlada’s statements, the Lord came out of the pillar in His wonderful incarnation as Narasimha, half lion and half man. Hiranyakashipu could immediately understand that the extraordinarily wonderful form of the Lord was surely meant for his death, and thus he prepared to fight with the form of half lion and half man. The Lord performed His pastimes by fighting with the demon for some time, and in the evening, on the border between day and night, the Lord captured the demon, threw him on His lap, and killed him by piercing his abdomen with His nails. The Lord not only killed Hiranyakashipu, the King of the demons, but also killed many of his followers. When there was no one else to fight, the Lord, roaring with anger, sat down on Hiranyakashipu ‘s throne.

The entire universe was thus relieved of the rule of Hiranyakashipu, and everyone was jubilant in transcendental bliss.

To commemorate this pastime of Prahlada Narasimha, Narasimha Jayanti was celebrated with great enthusiasm on 13th May 2014, Tuesday.  An elaborate Narasimha Yagna was performed in the temple cultural hall in the evening.  There were elaborate aratis, kirtan and bhajans that evening.

Narasimha Jayanthi

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