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.
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
12.00pm – Harinaam for 2 hours
12.30pm – Raj Bhoga Aarti
1.00pm – Video to play in temple hall
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