Fun, feast, games, enjoyment and be merry… were the emotions which the students of this school were carrying on 19th November. They visited Jaganatha Temple in Haus Khas and Lodhi Garden. The whole day was enlivened with lot many devotional amusements, which the kiddies enjoyed fully. Sumptuous feast added more to their delight.
It was a remarkable experience for a group 20 French students to visit ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, this month. Not only did they find the deities enchanting, but this also invoked their curiosity to know more about Lord Krishna. They participated in group chanting and danced to the tunes of the Mahamantra. The entire bunch was amused by knowing more about rich Indian Vedic culture.
It was an auspicious moment for us all at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, as many senior and exalted Vaishnavas visited the temple and gave lecture. Amongst them were, HH Veda Vyaas Priya Maharaj, HH Bhakti Rasamrta Maharaj, HH Sachinandan Maharaj, HH Bhakti Ashraya Vaisnava Swami Maharaj, HG Mandakini mataji, HG Gaurang Prabhu. The devotees seemed to sufficiently nourished after each class. We pray for more of such association and Shravan!
A Spiritual yatra to Nandgaon Govardhan and Vrindavan was organised by ISKCON Punjabi Bagh on 7th and 8th Oct.The trip was attended by 175 devotees.
The yatra included visit to Ter kadamb Govardhan parikrama Visit to Vrindavan and enlivening lectures in between.
It was led by HG Rukmini Krishna prabhu and HG Namprem prabhu.
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“He reasons ill who tell that Vaishnavas die, When thou are living still in sound! The Vaishnavas die to live, and living try To spread the holy name around!”
A day not to mourn but to replenish our love for our dearest of the dear shiksha guru A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
A day to feel responsible of the legacy left by him, for us to preach and propogate.
We at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, celebrated this auspicious day on October 23rd with great enthusiasm. The day started with MangalArti with a myriad of devotees attending it, followed by Prabhupada worship, Prabhupada class, abhishek and bhoga offering.
The main attraction was the glorification wherein quite a few shared their realizations and reminiscences with our most revereredSrilaPrabhupada. The sombre atmosphere was surcharged by their speech.
Goverdhan Puja was celebrated on October 20th 2017. It commemorates the pastime of Lord Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavana from the wrath of Indra.
Devotees gathered in large numbers and witnessed the Annkuta festival. Following in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavana, this festival is celebrated every year in the month of Kartika. Devotees prepared varieties of foodstuffs with grain and ghee and all kinds of milk preparations. The food was stacked like a small hill and offered to the Lord. Thus the name Annakuta Festival.
The main highlight was katha by HG Rukmini Krishna prabhu, followed by prasadam.
This Deepawali, was blessing in disguise, with the orders of the Supreme Court to ban crackers in Delhi NCR. ISKCON Punjabi Bagh had organized a special HarinamSankirtan on Deepaawali, 7.30 pm onwards which attracted throngs of devotees.
They all jubilantly participated in the PalkiHarinamSankirtan. The high amplitude of Holy Names in the entire area made everyone forget the sound of crackers and everyone absorbed in the blissful singing of Mahamantra.
Kartik, the festival of light, radiance, devotion and most importantly love was celebrated with great enthusiasm. A month-long festival commemorating Damodara-lila, the sweet pastime of baby Krishna stealing butter and consequently being tied to a mortar by His dear mother Yashoda. In Sanskrit, “dama” means rope and “udara” means belly. Damodara refers to Krishna who was bound with a rope by His mother Yashoda.
From morning mangalarti till evening Deepdan and Palkikirtan, devotees from all classes exuberantly participated in this festival for the entire month.
Thousands of diyas lit before the altar and in the temple compound area, surcharged the spiritual atmosphere and elevated the devotion to an ecstatic level. Each one could feel the resistance to move from their place, after taking darshan of Sri SriRadhaRadhika Raman in spiritual atmosphere.
Echoes of Damodarashkatam with its melodious music, reverberated the hearts of many.This most auspicious month concluded with BheeshmaPanchak on 4th November 2017.
After a long time, a mega camp of ISKCON YOUTH FORUM, Punjabi Bagh was organised, this time at the Holy land of Chitrakoot, having a participation of more than 225 young, ethusiastic devotees! Other than ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, devotees from ISKCON Bahadurgarh, ISKCON Juhu, and ISKCON Chandigarh were also a part of it. It was a great fortune of the devotees to get the association of a number of senior vaishnasliks HG Rukmini Krishna prabhuji, HG Kamal Lochanprabhuji, and HG Murali Krishna prabhuji. The devotees had an opportunity to have a marathon of classes from them on several topics from Ramayan like ‘Qualities of Lord Ram,’ ‘Qualities of mother Sita,’ ‘friendship between Lord Ram and Sugriva’ etc. Other festivals, like disappearance day of SrilaRaghunath Das Goswami and Krishna Das KavirajGoswami, were also celebrated.
The devotees also visited several places like Ram Ghat, beautiful Mandakini River, Sati-Anusuya temple, Gupt Godavari (a beautiful cave with Godavari river water dripping from the top) & Hanuman dhara temple located on mountain-top.
Other features like ecstatic morning arati, sankirtan, book-distribution, Ganges bathing, lipsmackingprasadam, dramas on Ramayan and life of Raghunath Das Goswami kept the devotees boosted up for all 4 days.
In the end, there was a Festival of Inspiration wherein, HG Murali Krishna prabhuji talked about the history of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, along with the contributions of senior vaishnavas. A token of appreciation was also given to the devotees who have rendered significant services in IYF Punjabi Bagh.