Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja 2012

Sri Krishna Janmastami Festival 2012

Sri Balaram Jayanthi 2012

Sri Balaram Jayanthi 2012 SRI BALARAM JAYANTHI 2012 Festival that commemorates the appearance day of Lord Balarama. Balarama Jayanthi this year is on August 2nd, 2012. Celebration at the temple will be on 5th August 2012, Sunday. Srimad Bhagavatam Narration of Lord Balarama’s Appearance: Lord Balarama is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. In Chaitanya Lila, Lord Balarama appears as Lord Nityananda, the bestower of mercy to even the most fallen conditioned soul. Therefore His appearance as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva is celebrated by devotees with great jubilation. The foremost manifestation of Krishna is Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is known as Ananta. He is the origin of all incarnations within this material world. Previous to the appearance of Lord Krishna, this original Saṅkarṣaṇa will appear as Baladeva, just to please the Supreme Lord Krishna in His transcendental pastimes. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.24) Śrī Baladeva is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. He is equal in supremacy to the Supreme Godhead, yet wherever Krishna appears, Śrī Baladeva appears as His brother, sometimes elder and sometimes younger. When Krishna appears, all His plenary expansions and other incarnations appear with Him. This is elaborately explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta. This time, Baladeva would appear before Krishna as Krishna’s elder brother. (Purport) “One devotee described the personal beauty of Baladeva as follows “Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of Balarāma, whose beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from kastūrī [musk], and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of guñjā [small conchshells]. His complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, He wears garments of blue color, and His voice is very grave. His arms are very long, touching His thighs, and He has shown His great strength by killing the Pralamba demon. Let me take shelter of this chivalrous Balarāma.” (Nectar of Devotion Chapter 41) Once when Krishna, Balarama and the cowherd boys were walking through the forests of Vrndavana Krishna spoke the following affectionate words to His brother: My dear brother, You are the supreme worshipable Godhead. Just see how the peacocks are dancing before You in great ecstasy. The deer, whose behavior is just like that of the gopis, are welcoming You with the same affection. And the cuckoos who are residing in this forest are welcoming You with their joyful, sweet cries because they consider that Your appearance in their home is so auspicious. Even though they are trees and animals, these residents of Vrndavana are glorifying You. They are prepared to welcome You to the best of their ability, as is the practice of great souls in receiving another great soul at home. As for the land, it is so pious and fortunate because the footprints of Your lotus feet are marking its body. (Krishna Book Ch. 15 “The Killing of Dhenukasura”) “Lord Krishna and Balarama are not two different Personalities of Godhead. God is one without a second, but He expands Himself in many forms without their being separate from one another. They are all plenary expansions. The immediate expansion of Lord Krishna is Baladeva, and Brahmā, born from the lotus flower from Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, is an expansion of Baladeva. This indicates that Krishna and Baladeva are not subjected to the regulations of the universe; on the contrary, the whole universe is under Their subjugation. They appeared at the request of Brahmā to liberate the burden of the world, and They relieved the world by many superhuman activities so that everyone became happy and prosperous. Without the grace of the Lord, no one can become happy and prosperous. Because the happiness of the family of the Lord’s devotees depends on the...

BalaUtsav 2012

BalaUtsav 2012 PUDUCHERRY   INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONCIOUSNESS (ISKCON) Founder Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Celebrates BalaUtsav 2012 (Inter-school competition for School childrens)   Let your children’s creative & devotional spirit soar at ISKCON’s BalaUtsav 2012. We’ll have different activities to stimulate appreciation and create an awareness of Vedic Culture and traditions.Festival is open to all school going childrens,they can grab the opportunity to display their creativity and talent in the competitions. Venue: Sri SankaraVidyalaya Matriculation Hr. Sec. School,  Sri KanchiKamakoti Complex Maduvupet, ECR Road, Lawspet, Puducherry – 605008.   Date:   29.07.2012, Sunday 1. Shyama(Drawing & Painting competition) Registration will start at 9.00 a.m Time :10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m – shyama competition for all groups from 1st standard to 8th standard Groups: Group A – LKG &UKG – colouring of krishna’s picture (outline for drawing will be provided) Group B – 1st and 2nd std. – colouring of krishna’s picture (outline for drawing will be provided) Group C – 3rd and 4th std.- colouring of krishna’s picture (outline for drawing will be provided) Group D – 5th to 8th std. – drawing on the theme based on Ramayana and Mahabharata Schools can send any number of entries Participants should be equipped with colors, brushes and board. Only drawing paper will be supplied by the organiser 2. Story –telling competition (for 1st and 2nd standard students only) Registration will start at 2.00 p.m Time :2.30 p.monwards Students should participate as individual only  Participants can tell any story from Ramayana and Mahabharata  Time allotted is 3 minutes only.   3. Vaiyasaki- Sloka recitation competition( for3rd to 5th  standard students only) Registration will start at 2.00 p.m. Time :2.30 p.monwards Students should participate as individual only Participants can recite slokas from Bhagavad-gita 12th chapter first five slokas with meaning Time allotted is 3 minutes only.   4. Quiz competition: (for 6th to 10th standard students only) Registration will start at 2.00 p.m Time: 2.30 p.m First round of quiz competition-written test for the teams – questions with multiple choice based will be from Bhagavad-gita as it is) Students should be in teams which consist of two students and five teams will be selected on the basis of scores secured in the written test for the final round on 9th of august 2012 by evening 4.00 p.m. at JayaramThirumanaMandapam   5. Rasabihari (Dress Competition): Venue: JayaramThirumanaNilayam (Backside Balaji Theatre), Sithankudi, Puduchery – 605009 Date: 9.8.2012, Thursday. Time : between 2.00p.m and 4.00p.m Registration: 1.00p.m. onwards Groups: Group A – LKG &UKG Group B – 1st& 2nd std. Group C – 3rd to 5thstd. Each school can send any number of entries Only children below 10 years, or upto 5thst.aeelibgible. Single entry or group entries allowed (maximum four) Children can dress any characters, from ramyana and Mahabharata Musical and singing accompaniments are allowed. Tableanuss are not allowed, Registration feefor all the competitions:Rs.25 per entry per competition (to be collected on the spot) Note: Certificates and Prizes for winners will be distributed on the Day of Sri Krishna Janmastami, 9th August 2012 in JayaramThirumanaNilayam from 6.00 p.m. onwards. For more information and Registration, please contact: SarvanandaDasa (Mananger) ISKCON – Puducherry No.41 First Floor 8th Cross,  Rainbow Nagar Pondicherry – 605 013. Ph. 0413-2213402, 9940864086,9443468923 Email: sarvananda2003@yahoo.com    ...