Gaura Purnima Celebration 2016

Date: Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Gaura Purnima is a Gaudiya Vaishanva festival that celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadwipa, India. Gaura Purnima means “Golden Full Moon”. The name signifies that Lord Caitanya took birth at time of full moon and He blesses everyone with the moonlike rays of His teachings.

Lord Caitanya is non-different than Lord Krishna appearing as His own devotees. He spread the congregation chanting of Holy Name and taught that one can gain enlightenment by chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Devotees fast till moon rise. Ekadasi prasadam is served after moonrise, while regular grain prasadam is served on the next day, which is starting a New Year for all Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

Festival at ISKCON South London (from 7pm)

  • Abhishek of the Golden Avatar
  • Arati
  • Special Lecture
  • Kirtan
  • Prasadam

The evening will end with the colourful celebration of HOLI

GAURA

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
If you would like to help support the festival, you can make a donation in person or calling on 07545 318 772
or 020 8407 6127
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Festivals bring a wonderful opportunity to offer some service to the Lord. Performing service to the Lord is always a spiritually rewarding experience.  For volunteering opportunities, please contact us on 07545 318 772
or 020 8407 6127

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Shree Krishna Janmashtami 2016

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What is Janmashtami?

Janmashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, who is described in sacred writings as God Himself. To devotees, it’s Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one. Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the most important festival of our temple.

What’s so special about Krishna, as opposed to any other form of God? It’s His personable-ness. He reciprocates in unique, personal ways with every devotee who offers Him love

— He is the most adorable, mischievous son,

—  The most romantic lover,

— The most compassionate friend.

On Janmashtami, devotees celebrate Krishna in all of these aspects. For just as Krishna reciprocates individually with His relatives and confidantes, he responds to the distinct feelings and desires held most deeply in the heart of every single worshipper.

So remember that whatever way you worship Krishna on Janmashtami, He will reciprocate with you accordingly. It’s a meditation that makes for an extremely rewarding devotional experience.

The entire temple is cleaned an the temple hall is decorated with flowers

One of the specialties of Janmashtami is the offerings made to the Lord. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is offered 108 different food items. With great care and attention, devotees prepare these food items to be offered to their beloved Lord.

Various arrangements are made to take care of the necessities of the pilgrims who visit the temple on this day and to ensure their security. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on the day of Janmashtami to be a part of the festivities.

Schedule

Morning Program

4.30am –  Mangal Aarti

5.00am – Tulsi Aarti

5.30am – Japa “Chanting” Time

7.00am – Deity Greeting

7.10am – Guru Puja

7.30am – Jhulan Aarti

8.00am –  Video to play in temple hall

 

Afternoon Program

12.00pm – Harinaam for 2 hours

12.30pm – Raj Bhoga Aarti

1.00pm – Video to play in temple hall

 

Evening Program

5.00pm – Guru Puja

5.30pm – Tulsi Aarti

6.00pm – Class + Q&A

7.00pm – Gaura Aarti

8.oopm –  Krishna Lila Play

10.00pm – Abhishek

11.00pm – Class

Midnight –  Aarti

Midnight – Prasadam

1.00am – Temple Close

 

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