Vyasa Puja

According to the Vedic system, the birthday of the spiritual master is celebrated as Vyasa-puja. Srila Vyasadeva has very wonderfully compiled all the Vedic literatures and thus he is the original spiritual master for anyone following the Vedic way of spiritual realization. The spiritual master carries the message of Vyasadeva throughout the world and is thus known as the representative of Vyasadeva. Thus the spiritual master’s auspicious appearance day is celebrated as Vyasa-Puja.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupäda, at the advanced age of seventy, suffering two major heart attacks, traveled under great hardship from India to America and established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966 at New York. In twelve short years, he circled the world fourteen times; started temples, ashramas, schools, and farms on six continents; wrote more than seventy books; and literally introduced millions of people to the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

Today, in every country round the globe we can see devotees chanting the maha-mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare – Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare and following the rules and regulations of devotional service as directed by its founder Srila Prabhupada, as lovingly called by his disciples.

In appreciation of his divine work, his disciples, followers and admirers fill their hearts with gratitude by glorifying his humanly impossible achievements and reinforce & reaffirm their faith on their bonafide spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, on his auspicious appearance day.

Srila Prabhupada on why devotees celebrate Vyasa Puja

“Actually there is no difference between hearing directly from Krishna and hearing directly from Krishna via a bona fide spiritual master like Vyasa. The spiritual master is the representative of Vyasadeva also. Therefore, according to the Vedic system, on the birthday of the spiritual master the disciples conduct the ceremony called Vyasa-puja.”(Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 18.75, purport)

A bona fide spiritual master coming in this line of succession descending from Vyasadeva is considered a representative of Vyasa deva. Srila Prabhupada is the 32nd acharya in this disciplic succession and his disciples observe his appearance day as Vyasa Puja. For the devotees of ISKCON this is the most important festival of the year. Devotees fast till noon. Various items are cooked for offering to the spiritual master, who in turn offers it to Krishna. Devotees read homage offerings written by them to glorify Srila Prabhupada. A grand abhisheka is performed and prasadam is distributed.

Sri Krishna Janamsthami

The day when Lord Krishna took birth is called as Janmastami. The Janmastami festival is celebrated by millions of people every year all over the world. During the birth of Lord Krishna, the whole atmosphere became filled with prosperity and joy. The trees were laden with fruits and flowers.

The rivers were overflowing with water, and the lakes were beautifully decorated with lotus flowers. The birds in the forest began to sing with sweet voices, and the peacocks began to dance. The wind blew very pleasantly, carrying the aroma of different flowers. All the people’s minds became filled with peace and joy.

The denizens of the heavenly planets began to sing, offer prayers and dance on the auspicious occasion. The heavenly residents being pleased also began to shower flowers. At the seashore there was the sound of mild waves, and above the sea there were clouds in the sky which began to thunder very pleasingly.

Amidst such a wonderful atmosphere, Lord Krishna in order to protect his devotees took birth as the eighth child of Devaki and Vasudeva, bringing boundless joy to both of them.

Srila Prabhupada on Lord Krishna’s appearance

“Although the Lord appears on schedule, namely at the end of the Dvapara-yuga of the twenty-eighth millennium of the seventh Manu in one day of Brahma, He has no obligation to adhere to such rules and regulations, because He is completely free to act in many ways at His will. He therefore appears by His own will whenever there is a predominance of religiosity and a disappearance of true religion.” – BG 4.7, Purport

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations begin at ISKCON, Mysuru from early morning 4.15 am onwards and continue up to 1 am the next day. Sri Krishna Balarama, the presiding Deities of ISKCON Mysuru are be bedecked in a special decoration for the occasion. Darshan is open throughout the day. The special attraction during Janmashtami celebration is the elaborate Maha-abhisheka to Sri Krishna Balarama which begins at 10 pm and culminates with Maha Mangala arati & Sankirtana at 12 Midnight, coinciding with the time of Krishna’s birth.

As part of the Janmashtami celebrations, throughout the day many singers perform Sangeethotsava seva during festival in the main temple hall. In the evening, a devotional musical concert and a special dance drama is arranged based on pastimes of Lord Krishna. A special feature of the festival is the HARINAM MANTAP, were thousands of visiting devotees are introduced to the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

This year we are celebrating SRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI on Tuesday, 15th of August 2017.

You can offer the following sevas on this auspicious day

Anadanna Seva – Rs.1500/-
Pushpalakara Seva – Rs.3000/-
Vastrabharana Seva – Rs.5000/-
Abhisheka Seva – Rs.7500/-

Vaikuntha Ekadasi

According to Vedic scriptures and great acharyas, the world we live in is replete with Kunta or misery. Here, we are helplessly forced to suffer birth, disease, old-age and death. From powerful leaders to common men, no one can escape these four miseries. Yet, the acharyas say, the human form of life is especially suitable for obtaining a permanent solution to these problems. In the human form one can achieve the eternal world which is singularly characterized by the complete absence of miseries. The Supreme Lord descends to this material world only with the sole purpose to invite everyone to return to this eternal world called Vaikunta – The World without Miseries

It is said in the Padma Purana that anyone who passes under Vaikunta Dwara on the day of Vaikunta Ekadashi with great faith and devotion, attains “Vaikunta”.

Srila Prabhupada on observing Ekadashi-Vrata

To observe Ekadashi-vrata and Dvasashi-vrata means to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those interested in advancing in Krishna consciousness must observe Ekadashi-vrata regularly (ACBSP. Srimad Bhagavatam 9:4:29)

At ISKCON MYSORE, on the occasion of VAIKUNTHA EKADASHI, a Vaikunta Dwara is erected at the northern entrance of the temple and the devotees have the special Vaikunta Dwara Darshana from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. As part of the festival, Laksharchana Seva (chanting of 1 lakh names of Lord Krishna) is performed in the morning.

From afternoon onwards, several vocal and instrumental artists adorn the festival with their musical performances for the pleasure of Their Lordships.

Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Ratha Yatra

The first Ratha-yatra was held 5,000 years before, when Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra came from Dwaraka to Kuruksetra. Similarly, Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Ratha-Yatra is being observed in Jagannath Puri from time immemorial. In the Sankirtan movement started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, conducting Ratha Yatra is a very integral part of the movement. In the same tradition, Srila Prabhupada introduced this Ratha-yäträ festival in the western world for the first time in San Francisco in the year 1967, which is now conducted in all the major cities of the world.

In the Brahmäëòa Puräëa it is said, rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate, “A person who sees the Lord’s Ratha-yäträ car festival and then stands up to receive the Lord can purge all kinds of sinful results from his body.”

A similar statement is there in the Bhaviñya Puräëa, in which it is said, “Even if born of a lowly family, a person who follows the Ratha-yäträ car when the Deities pass in front or from behind will surely be elevated to the position of achieving equal opulence with Viñëu.”

The colourful SRI SRI KRISHNA BALARAM Ratha-Yatra festival in Mysuru is conducted every year in the month of January, beginning from the Palace Anjaneya Temple at 6 pm and proceeding through the main streets of Mysore. Devotees in large number enthusiastically offer their service by pulling the ropes of the chariot with love and devotion. They also sing kirtans and dance in awe of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

The splendor of the procession is enhanced by few students from, chanting the auspicious Vedic mantras leading the way. A troupe performing the nadaswaram adds more sparkle to the entourage. Along with the blessings of receiving darshan of Their Lordships on the Chariot, everybody also receive prasadam.

A brilliant display of fireworks through-out the route of the yatra is arranged for the pleasure of Sri Krishna Balarama. Women come out of their homes to decorate their door front with rangoli, bringin offerings of arati and flowers and seek the blessings of Their Lordships.

After travelling for about 6 Kilometers, the Chariot arrives at the ISKCON Mysuru campus to witness thousands of devotees waiting at the gate to offer a grand welcome to the procession which lasts for nearly 3 hours. The gorgeous Ratha Yatra comes to an end with the distribution of Puliyogare prasadam to more than 30,000 devotees.

Gaura Purnima

Gaura Purnima, 531st birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was celebrated on Sunday, 12th March. Commemorating the festival, devotees went on Nagar Sankirtan, chanting holy names of Lord Krishna, in the early morning hours at 6:30 a.m.

The evening festival started at 6 pm with Tulasi Puja followed by an elaborate Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) of the Deities of GauraNitai (Lord Chaitanya and His associate Nityananda) along with Arati & Sankirtan. The special feature of the festival was a play performed by a group of young students with the title “Bhakta Vatsala Chaitanya” – based on the pastimes performed by Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during His South Indian Tour. The drama depicted on how Lord Chaitanya, who is the most munificent incarnation of Lord Krishna, made even the animals in Jarikhand forest to chant the holy names of Lord. Further, the drama highlighted the episodes of Lord Chaitanya protecting His devotee Kala Krishnadasa, who was allured by a class of nomadic people called Bhattaharis. Drama also displayed on Lord Chaitanya protecting the devotion of His devotee Ramadasa Vipra, by presenting the evidence from Kurma Purana that Ravana kidnapped only the Maya Sita and the real Mother Sita was protected by Agnideva, who was returned to Lord Ramachandra carefully after killing of Ravana during Agnipariksha. The most confidential form of Lord Chaitanya, who is Krishna Himself in the mood of Srimati Radharani which was displayed to Ramananda Raya was also depicted.

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu advocated a universal religion for everyone, a scientific process of spiritual awakening and gave an opportunity for spiritual emancipation to all regardless of religion, caste, creed or colour. He inaugurated the Sankirtana movement – the congregational chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna in the form of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Five hundred years ago, He predicted that the chanting of Lord Krishna’s Holy Names would spread throughout the world. This prophecy was fulfilled by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON and the eleventh in the disciplic succession (parampara) of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

New Temple

 

 

In the city of monuments, ISKCON Mysore plans to build ‘Nava Brindavan Dham’- a spectacular cultural monument for social and spiritual upliftment. It was the desire of Srila Prabhupada, our Founder-Acharya, that monumental temples be built. Temples that disseminate spiritual knowledge to all, thereby creating a world of unity and peace.

In his words –
“We are therefore trying to give human society the opportunity for a life of
happiness, good health, peace of mind and all good qualities through God
consciousness” – Srila Prabhupada.

Designed in neo-classical style, the temple harmoniously integrates the age old charm
of Hoysala architecture and modern architectural forms; blending ethnicity with
abstractness. Envisioned on a 9 acre land, with a temple foot-print of 2 acres,the
project will feature attractive sound and light shows within its landscape, depicting
the glorious Indian culture and tradition.