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Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Ratha Yatra, the chariot procession was organized by ISKCON at Dharwad today(1/2/2014).  The inaugural function held at Lingayat Townhall, Dharwad at 4.00 pm in the gracious presence of Pandit Sriman Jayatirtha Acharya Malagi, Madhwa Scholar and Sri Dhama Krishna Dasa, Sr.Devotee ISKCON.  Sri. Pramod Mutalik  and others were also present during the inauguration.

 

The chariot of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram traversed through the main streets of Dharwad such as Vijaya Road, Gandhi Chowk, Subhas Road, Tikare Road, Line Bazaar and P.B. Road.  Hare Krishna Mahamantra resounded throughout the city lifting the devotional mood in the people.  The procession came to an end at 7.30 pm at Lingayat Townhall.  A grand Mahamangalarati was performed to their Lordships.  All the assembled devotees were fed with full meal prasadam.

Ratha Yatra Dharwad

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The grandest festival of Hubli, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Ratha Yatra, the chariot procession was organized by ISKCON today(25/1/2014).
The procession started with an inaugural function at Durgadbail circle in the gracious presence of Jagadguru Gurusiddharajayogindra Mahaswamigalu of Moorsaviramutt,Hubli, Shri  Pradyumnacharya Joshi, Uttaradi Mutt Gurukul, Hubli and Sriman Madhupandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore & Chairman , The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Sri Prasad Abbayya, M.L.A. was the chief guest. Sri Goutam Bafna, State President, Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana and others were also present. The deities, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram were graciously adorned in red garments with golden embellishments and dazzling jewels. Seated in the splendidly decorated Ratha, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram traversed the main streets of Hubli, bestowing their merciful glances upon the people.
At the sight of the Ratha, the people who would otherwise be busy in their daily routines, lay aside them just to participate in the wonderful procession. Earlier to the procession, the devotees were seen busy decorating the Ratha, sprinkling water and cleaning the streets in which their Lordships would take a stroll. During the procession, they were completely immersed in the mood of devotion conjoined in their efforts to please their Lordships with their menial services.
The holy names of the Lord were chanted and the Lord was glorified throughout the procession.
The devotees sang ecstatic kirtans while expertly playing cymbals and mridanga. The devotees also danced to their hearts content to please their Lords. The streets of Hubli metamorphosed into spiritual world being engorged in the devotional mood.
The chariot rambling through the busy streets of Hubli such as Marata Galli, Broadway, Station Road, Koppikar Road, Dajibanpet, Ranichennamma circle reached Gujarath Bhavan, Deshpande Nagar around 8.00pm. ISKCON Mysore President Sri Stoka Krishna Prabhu led the devotees in chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Sriman Madhupandit Das gave a short lecture on the significance of Ratha Yatra. Sri Rajiv Lochan Das, President, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad gave a presentation on the upcoming Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Rayapur, Dharwad. He requested the people of Hubli-Dharwad to participate in this holy endeavour by giving generous donations and rendering services.
A grand Mahamangalarati was performed to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram at 9.00pm. All the people who participated in this festival were fed with sumptuous prasadam.

Ratha Yatra Hubli

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Mokashada Ekadashi also known as Vaikuntha Ekadashi was celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm at Iskcon Hubli-Dharwad.

The day’s program started with Vaikuntha Dwara Puja at 8.30am. A grand Gold painted Vaikuntha Dwara was erected at the entrance of the temple. While the priests were chanting Venkateshwara Stotra, the dwara opened and hundreds of devotees who had gathered to notice this auspicious event soused in devotional mood. The devotees passed through the Dwara and entered the temple hall which was decorated with quintals of colourful flowers like Vaikuntha, to have the darshan of Lord Krishna decorated as the four handed Vaikuntha Narayana carrying lotus, disc, mace and conch.

ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad President, Shri Rajiv Lochan Dasa gave a special lecture on the significance of Vaikuntha Ekadashi. He said that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the event of the great Vaishnava saint, Sri Nammalvar entering the Vaikunthaloka. Lord Narayana Himself came to the entrance of the Vaikunthaloka to receive his dear devotee Sri Nammalvar. This shows the greatness of both the devotee as well as the Lord. The devotee was so great that the greatest of the greatest, Lord Narayana was Himself waiting to receive him. And the Lord is so great that he becomes a servant to his dear devotee.

Then, the gorgeously decorated deity of Srinivasa Govinda specially made for this occasion, out of mud, gave darshan to the devotees. Thus the Laksharcana seva began with devotees chanting the holy names of Lord Krishna. All the visitors to the temple were given a chance to participate in the Laksharcana seva. Traditional Indian clothes were provided to men to take part in this seva. The seva which started at 10 a.m. went on till 10 p.m.

For world peace and harmony, Venkateswara homa was performed in the Vanamali gardens at 5pm. The cultural programs started with Sri Krishna Bhajans by Anjana Bhajana Mandali, Dharwad. Smt. Maya Chikkerur enthralled the devotees with her Hindustani Vocal rendition titled ‘Dasaravani’. ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’, a dance drama was presented by Vidushi Smt. Sahana Bhat and group.

About 30000 people visited temple on this auspicious day. Everybody was served with donna prasadam. Many a devotees fasted the whole day but still participated vehemently in the festival.

Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi

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The first food joint of Iskcon, Krishnamrita was inaugurated today here at Shet Enclave, Shirur Park, Vidyanagar.

Iskcon Hubli-Dharwad President, Shri Rajiv Lochan Dasa, in his address said that Krishnamrita is cuisine for a cause. Krishnamrita is to financially aid the social development programs initiated by Iskcon Hubli-Dharwad.

Sriman Maharaj Niranjan Jagadguru Sri Gurusiddarajayogendra Swamigalu of Moorsaviramutt, Hubli graced the occasion with his auspicious presence. He said that in the age where it is very much difficult to get pure vegetarian food, Krishnamrita is a boon as Krishnamrita serves only sattvic food. He added that amrita means nectar, so sattvic food is nectar and it increases the life span. The shop is franchised to Sri Narendra Barwal, Proprietor of Himalaya Enterprises and Euro Kids, Hubli. Sri M.V. Karmari, President, Rotary Club of Hubli, Sri Mahesh Kamat of Shri Krishna milk products and Sri Jitendra Majetia of Majetia Foundation were also present during the inauguration.

Grand Opening of Krishnamrita

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The last day of karthika month was grandly celebrated. The deities were given special clothing decorated with pearls. The deities were seated inside a special Ratha like arrangement decorated profusely with pearls.

Evening noticed the grandest festival fervor. Thousands of ghee lamps were lighted in the temple hall. The temple hall was also decorated with colourful rangolis. All the visitors engaged themselves, very much enthusiastically, in lighting up the thousands of lamps.

The day also noticed many VIP visitors. The festival inauguration was done by Ex-Mayor of HDMC Smt. Poorna Patil. The Damodara arati began at 8.15pm. All the visitors and devotees offered ghee lamp to their Lordships. Srila Prabhupada’s Utsavar deity was carried on a pallaki around the altar amidst enthusiastic kirtans and dance. The celebrations came to an end at 9.00pm.

The last day of karthika month

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