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The auspicious occasion of Sri Nammalvar entering
into the Kingdom of God, Vaikuntha, was celebrated with all enthusiasm and gaiety at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad today(1st January 2015). The temple was bustling with activities throughout the day. Devotees were pouring in to have the darshan of their Lordships on this auspicious day.

The day’s celebrations started as early as 4:30am with grand Mahamangalarati to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram. Hundreds of devotees participated in the programs at such wee hours of the day. Lord Krishna adorned as Vaikuntha Narayana, gave his magnificent darshan at 7.30am. This was followed by bhajans and kirtans glorifying Lord till 8:30am. The devotees sang and danced gracefully in front of the deities. The specially erected gold painted Vaikuntha Dwara was opened in the presence of Sri Rajiv Lochan Dasa, President, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad and other devotees at 8:30am. The devotees passing through the Vaikuntha Dwara entered the temple and had the darshan of Vaikuntha Narayana. They were seen soused in devotional mood.

A special deity of Sri Srinivas Govinda, made out of mud, especially for this occasion was installed for darshan in a Visesha Mandapa. The deity was decorated with dazzling jewels and fresh colourful flowers to resemble Tirupati Balaji. Laksharchana seva – the chanting of 1 lakh names of the Lord, was offered to the deity throughout the day. All the visitors to the temple were given an opportunity to personally offer flower archana to the kalashas that were aesthetically arranged in front of the Visesha Mantapa.

Seeking the blessings of Lord Srinivasa and praying for world peace and harmony, a grand Venkateswara Homa was performed in the Vanamali Lawns. Hundreds of devotees were seen chanting the holy names of the Lord during the Homa.
Evening witnessed the artists of Hubli-Dharwad coming together to glorify the Lord. A Hindustani Vocal rendition consisting of Dasara Padas was performed by Sri Y. Kashanna & team and Smt Maya Chikkerur & team. Vidushi Smt. Sahana Bhat & group presented a dance drama titled ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’.

Overall, the festival was a majestic spiritual fare with thousands of devotees participating in the day long events with vigour and zeal. All the visitors to the temple were served with prasadam in leaf cups.

Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi

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Hara Krishna Movement’s “Krishnamrita” Store was inaugurated by Shri Dr D Veerandra Heggade, President, SDM Society, this morning at the super specialty block of the SDM Medical College & Hospital, Sattur , Dharwad.

The ceremonial lamp was lit by Shri Heggade, Shri D Shreyas Kumar, Director Projects SDM Society, Dr Niranjan Kumar, Medical Director, SDM Medical College & Hospital, Shri Jinendra Prasad, Secretary SDM Edu., Society and Shri Rajiv Lochan Das, President, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad. Mr Kiran Shah who is the franchisee of the “Krishnamrita” Store welcomed the delegates & felicitated them along with Smt Meena Shah.

A very large cake in the shape of the “Krishnamrita” logo was cut by Shri D Shreyes Kumar, Director Projects SDM Society. It was offered to all visitors who were extremely appreciative about it.

The store will serve freshly baked cakes, pastries, breads, biscuits, saviors, hot snacks, Vedic coffee & alike. The store will offer home deliveries of Cakes, snacks & alike. This is the second store after Sirur Park. Soon more stores will open in the twin cities. In the next few days Deshpande nagar, hubli will start functioning. Dharwad outlet near court circle will start in the following month.

The store will offer fresh juice, sandwiches. Mr Kiran Shah said fresh ice cream will be offered in days to come.


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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

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