Initiation’18 – Iskcon Vrindavan

Initiation’18 – Iskcon Vrindavan

This Year The initiation ceremony took place on the 10th November 2018, in the holy month of Kartik in Shri dham Vrindavan (iskcon vrindavan) in the presence of Shri Shri Radha Shyam Sunder, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and countless devotees from around the world and the initiation was given by Sriman Kratu Dasji Maharaj
Date : 10-11-2018
Venue : ISKCON, Vrindavan Dham
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Yadukula Kirtan Mela – Shahdara

Yadukula Kirtan Mela – Shahdara

Just like the spiritual master awakens the dormant love in the hearts of the devotees, similarly, He awakens the love for Krishna in their living by installing life into deities.

Another such life changing event occurred on the 26th January’18 where Sri Sri Nitai- Nadia Vihari were welcomed into hearts and lives of many, by the mercy of Srila Gurudev

Yadukula under the guidance of HH Kratu Das ji Maharaj got the oportunity to  perform the all auspicious continuous 9 hour Harinaam Kirtan for the welcome and the pleasure of the Lord’s. The preparations started weeks ago where all volunteers enthusiastically came together to welcome their lordships in the most magnificient and spectacular way. All devotees got to witness the most beautiful abhishek of Sri Sri Nitai Nadia Vihari, along with the blissful chanting and hyms of “Govindam adi purusam”. Devotees were served with sumptuous prasadam for the whole day, as the kirtan hall kept receiving more and more participants for inviting Sri Harinaam Prabhu with their melodious and soulful kirtanas

The day ended with lots and lots of dancing, where Srila Gurudev himself brought all devotees together to dance for the pleasure of the lord.

Sri Sri Nitai-Nadia Vihari ki jai!

Yuga dharma harinaam kirtan ki jai!

Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2018

Shri Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2018

When the pangs of loving separation touch it’s crest, even the Lord of the Universe become a puppet in the hands of His lovers. Becoming blind to all the impediments, He walks. Walks with such majesty and reverence, that the world comes out on the streets to become an attestant to such amorous exchanges.

This Lord of the Universe, Sri Jagannath becomes the cause and means to deliver all of these attendants who sing and dance in His glory.

This is the Maha Jagannath Rath Yatra.

By the auspicious blessings and presence of HH Kratu Maharaj, the yearly Rath Yatra was organised in Ashok Vihar on 14th January’18. With over a 500 people participating in the Yatra by various means, this day gave celestial bliss to all who became a part of it and even the one who got an opportunity to be an onlooker. The Yatra commenced with some ambrosial words from the lotus mouth of HH Kratu Maharaj in the glory of Sri Rath Yatra, making all the dancing and singing more meaningful. Continuous Harinaam Kirtan and dancing embellished the Mahotsava. The Yatra terminated with some more euphoric kirtana, Jagannath ashtakam and bhajans by HG Deenanayak prabhu.

Illimitable Prasadam maintained Sri Jagannath-Sri Baldev and Subhadra Maharani’s image of being the all-provider.

All glories to the most loving Lord!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

From Aligarh to ‘Hari’garh!

From West Virginia to New Vrindavan; Lord Krishna has spread His causeless mercy through Srila Prabhupada in every part of His creation. Now, it was time for Aligarh to become Harigarh.

Lord Sri Hari sent His representative, HH Kratu Das ji Das Ji Maharaj to carry out this most auspicious task and materialize or better so spiritualise the words of Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupada who prophesied the existence of Krishna’s temple with the echoes of Harinaam in every town and village of the world.

Dayalu-Shyam also decided to make another elevated soul a part of these divine arrangements by making him the medium through which ISKCON got the land for the construction of its temple. This divine personality is, Dr. Varshney who had a deep desire just like Srila Prabhupada to make this temple a centre of Vedic education, especially Bhagwad-Gita, for all, hence giving the temple its name ‘Gita Gyan Mandir’.

After the Bhumi Pujan on 13th November, 2015 in the presence of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, HH Navyogendra Swami Maharaj and HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj Himself, the temple saw its opening in its first phase on 30th November, 2017. The preparations for this day had begun almost a year ago when HH Kratu Das ji Maharaj had fixed the date for this divine occasion to take place on the most auspicious day of Mokshda Ekadashi, Sri Gita Jayanti. As planned by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj and His disciples, the day witnessed an attendance of almost 10, 000 devotees from Aligarh, Delhi and Vrindavan. A Gita yajna set up in 13 Yajna sthalis was performed with the recitation of all shlokas of Sri Bhagwad Gita by Gurukul students from ISKCON Vrindavan. The most awaited installation of the deity of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada followed by Sri Krishna and Arjuna in their one- of- a- kind rare darshan took place in the temple hall. There was a 12 hour kirtan performed by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj’s disciples and many other visiting devotees in the temple hall.  A Bhagwad Gita katha by Maharaj’s disciples on the entire Bhagwad Gita was steady in the lawns followed by some beautiful cultural performances by Maharaj’s youth club, IYF C2C.

This day became more glorious with the presence of two more disciples of Srila Prabhupada- HH Deena Bandhu prabhu and HG Dadhi Bhaksha prabhu . Some other great personalities like HH Bhaktianugraha Janardana Swami Maharaj from Vrindavan, HG Mohan Rupa prabhu- President of ISKCON New Delhi, HG Krishna Bhakta prabhu- President of ISKCON Noida also graced this event.

Continuous ekadashi prasadam was served the entire day to all the devotees visiting the temple.  __ commented “The programme was very well organized and managed”. Another devotee from Peru who was attending the programme also added that the arrangements were fulfilling and the prasadam was delicious. He also commented that he has never had such beautiful darshan of Krishna Arjuna.

It was a joyous day for HG Rasraj prabhu, the president of ISKCON Aligarh who had been working very hard for years to make this event a grand success.

 

 

Mayapur Trip – 2016

Mayapur Trip – 2016

We have often seen people wearing T-shirts which read ‘I lost my ❤ in Vrindavan’, and the backside of the same T-shirts would read ‘And found it in Mayapur’.

But surprisingly, we couldn’t find it in Mayapur as well. With every darshan of Sri Sri Panchatatva and Sri Sri Radha Madhav Ashta Sakhi, with every dance and every kirtan, we lost it again to this holy land of the Holyname, ‘Sri Sri Mayapur dham’.

The Mayapur trip with HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj became an unforgettable one for each one of the devotees on board. The trip began with an enthralling journey of non-stop kirtan in the train where devotees kept a track of every passing station as none of them could wait to have darshan of the beautiful land.

As ISKCON turned 50 this year, a lot of people from around the world decided to attend the kirtan mela, making it difficult for our group to get an accommodation space in or around the temple. However, Krishna had better plans. With the mercy and efforts of HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj this year, the devotees received the opportunity to have a stay in the most auspicious Surabhi Kunj. HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj personally visited the place before the arrival of the devotees to make sure that all arrangements were made.

The trip started with a peaceful bath in the Holy Ganges. Everyone spent four blissful days in the shelter of the Holy name, singing and dancing in the Kirtan mela. Every morning began with a soothing mangala arati, followed by a motivating discourse on the holy name and chanting some Vaishanava bhajans in the temple vicinity. Not even a single moment was spent without engaging one’s senses in Gauranga.

The following two days, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj showed around his disciples and followers the beauty of the golden land. On one of these days, the group became a part of the ISKCON Parikrama groups. They visited the prominent lila sthalis like Yogapitha, Srivas Angan, Khol Banga danga, Godrumadvipa and ISKCON Rajapur.

After the kirtan mela and parikrama, HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj wanted to take advantage of the the devotees’ stay at Surabhi Kunja. Therefore, he organised a Bhajan Sandhya on the last evening where the youth of IYF-C2C and other devotees sang only the bhajans by Sril Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Not only was everyone drenched in the love and separation for the Lord, this last evening left everyone with a feeling of separation for the Holy Land too.

HH Kratu Das Ji Maharaj made the necessary arrangements for prasadam on the way back to Delhi. Each one of them returned back with tears in their eyes with separation from Sri Sri Panchatatva, singing and listening to Kirtans, trying to keep the spirit of the Kirtan mela alive.

All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

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