ISKCON Punjabi Bagh celebrated the month of Kartik with great joy and spirit of devotion. The month started with special festival of Sharad Purnima, with more than 500 devotees attending the mangal aarti. There was special kheer kept in moonlight on Sharad Purnima day, which was distributed among devotees the next day. During the month of kartik, hundreds of devotees visit the temple, especially in the evenings to offer lamps to the lord and Tulsi devi. As kartik is considered to be the most auspicious month for all kinds of spiritual activities, ISKCON Punjabi Bagh has introduced special Donations offers for the pleasure of the lord, for all interested devotees.
IGF of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh organized a TALENT HUNT, with devotees participating in various activities including singing, dancing, sketching, sloka recitation, make up art, instrument playing etc. The program also included a special drama on gopashtami pastime. The winners were awarded special Diwali hampers. Another major highlight of the program was discussion on Kartik glories and vows. There was an ecstatic dancing sankirtan, cake cutting as well as some interesting games on team building, and program concluded with delicious krsna prasadam for all devotees.
A special Kirtan by HG Madhav prabhu and Her Grace Radhika mataji, was hosted by ISKCON Punjabi Bagh. The kirtan was a deep dive, going beyond surface offering an immersive and incredible journey for all kirtan aficionados. The event was attended by over 500 enthusiastic devotees who sung and danced along with Madhav prabhu for over two hours. The program concluded with feast for all devotees.
As the great business tycoon Late Henry Ford said “Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success.”, The Kurukshetra Dham Yatra, wonderfully organised by ISKCON Youth Forum Punjabi Bagh, taught its participants the values of coming, staying and working together to witness beginning, progress and success.
It all began on the blithesome day of 10th October 2019, when all the participants of the ‘camp’ reached the Kurukshetra city in Haryana. The devotees enjoyed thought-provoking lectures by expert speakers like HG Kamal Lochan Prabhu, HG Rukmini Krishna Prabhu and HG Murli Krishna Prabhu, on Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and about great devotees like Bhishmadev.
Various sacred places were visited including Brahma Sarovar, Bhadrakali temple (where the deity of Bhadrakali protected a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, Jada Bharat), Bhishma Kund (the place where Bhishmadev rested on the bed of arrows after the Mahabharata war), Jyotisar ( the divine place where Srimad Bhagavad Gita was personally spoken by Lord Krishna Himself) and the upcoming ISKCON Temple at Kurukshetra, which was under construction. To conclude the event Aabhar-utsav was organized where many camp participants shared their experiences and realisations
Lesson to abide by throughout one’s Life: Special Dussehra lecture by HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj (8 Oct 2019)23 Oct 2019, Posted by VANI Group in Dussehra Festival
HH Lokanath Swami visited ISKCON Punjabi Bagh for a special lecture on the occasion of Dussehra Maharaj started with a melodious bhajan glorifying lord Rama, followed by a lecture on nectarian pastimes of lord Rama. The devotees were totally immersed in relishing the beautiful pastimes of the lord. Maharaj stated the importance of chanting the name of God and narrated a story:
“Nal and Neel were writing Ram’s name on the rocks being thrown into the ocean to build a bridge to get to Lanka. These rocks were not drowning, but floating because of their association with the name of Lord Ram. There was a very important message in the story that if this could happen to the rocks which are just dead matter, then why not with us.
We are living beings. If we chant names of Ram and Krishna, then certainly we will not only be floating, but we could be in the boat, going back home, back to Godhead. So, we should take this chanting seriously and be attached to the holy names of the Lord. Always keep chanting”
ISKCON Punjabi Bagh congregation leaders went on a 4-day trip led by H.G. Rukmini Krsna Prabhu to Govardhan Eco Village (Wada) and Mumbai. The Bhakti Poshan Yatra had a sharp focus – Harinaam and Japa. The Yatra entailed 18 hours of deep discussion about daily Harinaam Japa. The discussions led by HG Rukmini Krsna Prabhu were inspired by two books of Sachinandan Swami Maharaj – Broken Names and The Living Name.
These discussions were followed everyday by Kirtan at the end of the day which were led by H.G. Madhava Prabhu who was also present at the village for a retreat. The last day of Yatra included visits to 3 ISKCON centres of Mumbai – Sri Sri Radha Giridhari (Mira Road), Sri Sri Radha Rasbihari (Juhu) and Sri Sri Radha Gopinath (Chowpatty). All devotees expressed feeling more connected and attached to Japa as a result of the Yatra
ISKCON Punjabi Bagh devotees were delighted to have HG Gauranga Darshan prabhu, Deen Academics, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapeeth of Wada. Gauranga Darshan prabhu took a 4 day series on Srimad Bhagavatam, which gives everyone a great insight into the vast ocean of lord Krishna’s pastimes. Further, prabhu ji also took a special class for IYF on the topic “Preservation through propogation”. All these lectures are available on ISKCON Punjabi Bagh YouTube channel for devotees who could not attend these in person
Like every year, ISKCON youth Forum and ISKCON congregation organized special seminars on Journey of Self Discovery. The seminars were attended by more than 250 people, where they are taught the essence of happiness in life through the teachings of Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
The seminar presents the concepts of Bhagavad Gita in a contemporary scientific manner and strikes chords across all generations of people. Out of the attendants, people who intend to get a deeper understanding of Krishna Consciousness Philosophy and practices are enrolled in new bhakti vriksha groups to help them learn in the association of devotees.
One acre Park and a Tulasi Garden in the temple front was inaugurated and named as ‘Srila Prabhupada Udyaan’ by Sri Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma ( Hon’ble Member of Parliament), Sri Kailash Sankala (Hon’ble Chairman, West Zone SDMC) and Smt Sunita Kangra (Hon’ble Mayor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation ) in the presence of HG Brajendra Nandan Das (ISKCON India Communication Minister) , HG Rukmini Krishna Das (Temple Co-President), HG Murali Krishna Das (Temple Vice President) and other members of the community.
The 1 acre land which belongs to flood department of the government is currently being maintained by ISKCON Punjabi Bagh for facilitating and serving temple visitors. The waste land was transformed into a garden by devotees. Flower and fruits plants were planted for serving the deities. A big tulasi garden has also been developed in one section of the area.
A compost machine has also been installed earlier which converts all waste from deity department like flowers, garlands, etc into compost thus addressing waste management in an eco-friendly manner. A gym by MCD for the good health of neighborhood is planned in near future along with yagyashala and kutir for spiritual classes.