Balaram jayanti (26th Aug, Sunday)

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Balaram Jayanti

Devotees of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh share the special blessings of having the personal association of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram in the temple altar. Balaram Jayanti, the festival of divine appearance holds special significance for devotees here, and the festival was celebrated with grandeur and festivity.

A special abhishek of Sri Sri Krishna Balrama was performed on this occasion along with katha, kirtan and special decorations in the temple. ISKCON Punjabi Bagh is the only Krishna Balaram Mandir in the Delhi NCR.

Rath Yatra (25th Aug)

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Jagannath Rath Yatra

ISKCON Founder Acharya- Srila Prabhupada wanted to share the fortune of spiritual life with everyone, even with those who for some reasons choose not to come to temple. In Rath Yatra, Lord Jagganath Baladev Subhadra themselves would come out of temple, riding on chariots to give an audience to everyone. ISKCON Punjabi Bagh celebrated their annual Rath Yatra on 25th Aug, 2018 Saturday with great jubilation and festivity.

The festival, centred around the pastime of devotees inviting Lord to visit Vrindavan from Kurusetra, and also in their own hearts, saw participation from thousands of devotees, who assembled for pulling the chariots, chanting, dancing and distribution of prasadam to general public. There was special provision for smooth flow of traffic and cleanliness after the festival. The colourful parade of devotees, blissfully dancing in groups, and chanting, and wishing to share the message of peace and love with everyone, was appreciated by public, who showed their interest by enthusiastically participating in the parade and buying the literature.

A Special Stall by Deity Department (21st Aug)

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Deity

What to do with old dresses of deities, which are no longer usable as such for their Lordships? Having been used by deities, they are spiritually potent. A group of devotees headed by HG Vallabh Vishakha Devi Dasi dedicated themselves to take those dresses and mystically turn them to dresses for smaller deities of Ladoo Gopal, Radha Krishna and Gaur Nitai., Tulasi cover, SB covers, aasans, bead bags, counters, mukut, pagdis, backdrops, deity towels, and many more items of utility by grhasthas devotees. A special stall was put up from Jhulan Yatra to Janmastami for selling these items, whose contributions would go to temple.

Bahadurgarh Temple Opening (18th-20th Aug)

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Temple Opening

It was certainly an occasion of great joy, excitement and auspiciousness as devotees from around the world gathered for the opening of a beautiful, magnificent temple at Bahadurgarh, NCR built under the guidance of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja. The 3 day program consisted of Vastu Dosh yagya, Netronmilan utsav, prana pratishta yagya, Maha Abhishek, 24 hour chanting of holy names of Krishna, cultural program and Boat festival.

Constellation of Srila Prabhupada Disciples, Sanyasis, and senior leaders of the society were also present on this occasion. Sh Kaptan Singh Solanki (Hon’ble Governor of Haryana ) and Sh Manohar Lal Khattar (Chief Minister of Hariyana), who could not be personally present due to 7 day nationwide mourning for demise of Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sent their best wishes through video message.

Annual Day (12th August 2018)

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Hare Krishna School

The Hare Krishna Sunday school celebrated its first annual day on 12th August 2018. All its five centres came together along with alumni team to depict some of the things that has been imparted to the children in the last one year. The zeal of students was contagious and was felt by all parents and guests from the temple. The program consisted of skits, dance performances, aerobatic performance by blind school, speeches and thank giving ceremony to all teachers. The school would be opening another centre post Janmashtami.

How to give best experience to more than 300,000 visitors who come to take Darshan and celebrate Janmastami at ISKCON Punjai Bagh? What will inspire them towards devotional service? Why do some people leave upset and how can we serve our guests in best possible ways?

It requires proper training and education for more than 1000 volunteers to host, receive and welcome 3,00,000 visitors coming as guest to their Lordships. Special training programs were organized for different departments of Janmastami festival to empower volunteers to serve the guests in best possible ways. Special emphasis was put on appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, punctuality, accountability, safety measures, proper communication, challenges involved and respective details of each department. More than 1800 volunteers serve under 52 different departments to host 3 lakh guests to give them devotionally rich and memorable experience on Janmastami.

More than 50 schools visited ISKCON Punjabi Bagh with their thousands of students as part of their educational tour on the occasion of Janmastami. The students are briefed about purpose of a temple, its relevance to modern world, Vedic culture along with singing and dancing on Krishna’s holy name, which they really enjoy. Occasionally, they are shown some animated movies on Krishna’s pastimes.

Brief History:

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in History

During the stage program of the inauguration, Smt Usha Bhardwaj w/o Late Sri Gopal Bhardwaja revealed that they met Srila Prabhupada for the first time in 1972 in Australia and their faith grew in spiritual life upon receiving personal care and affection from him. They became the first life members in Australia and felt inspired to contribute in building a temple at Bahadurgarh, their homeland(on the borders of Delhi and Hariyana, India).

To them, however, Srila Prabhupada did not seem to be very interested at first. Upon insistence by their family and by their seriousness, Srila Prabhupada invited them to visit and meet in India. However, the family did not go immediately but in early 80s. Upon reaching Delhi, the old temple at Lajpat Nagar, they inquired the local devotees to meet Srila Prabhupada and were informed of his passing away. They felt shocked and deeply disappointed that their dream of serving him by building a temple would not be complete.

However, they took courage, and in later years met HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja and donated the land to ISKCON. Upon passing of Sri Gopal Bharadwaj, Smt Usha Bharadwaj wanted to see its completion in her lifetime and requested devotees to start and complete the temple.

The Temple

22 Aug 2018, Posted by VANI Group in Temple Opening

The construction began in early 2013 with the installation of deity of Ananta Sesa. It took 5 years to complete this temple which is built in form of a palace for Radha Madangopal. Spread in 2.5 acres, the temple has an incredible resemblance to the great Sri Sri Krishna Balaram temple in Vrindavan. Stepping onto the main courtyard, one is floored by the tranquillity that echoes through the walls of the temple. The central courtyard and its surrounding areas are filled with incredible piece of arts, depicting the pastimes of Lord Krsna.

These Minakari paintings, compounded with intricate glasswork and woodworks makes it an incredible sight to behold. The temple includes a big temple hall, an altar of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madangopal and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, deity kitchen, upcoming Govindas’ restaurant, gardens, a guest house, brahmachari ashram and administrative block in its premises. It is also located at a logistical point, connected to metro station and other public transport, with sufficient parking capacity.

ISKCON Bahadurgarh is an extension of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh community. 15 full time monks have been shifted from Punjabi Bagh to Bahdurgarh at present that are committed to serve the people there by sharing the message of vedic culture.