Krishna Janmashtami LEARN MORE August 11 - 13, 2020 Sri Krishna Janmashtami 3 Day Festival at Manidweepa

Sri Radhe Govinda

August 11, 12 and 13 , 2020

“Om Sri Radhey Govindaya Namah”
“Om Sri Balakrishnaya Namo Namah”
“Om Sri Parthasarathi Krishnaya Namah”

For people from Bharat (India), Sanatana Dharma is their vital life force. Leaving dharma is like leaving one’s breath; even though living, it is like not living.

In Sanatana Dharma the following periods of time are of great importance:

1. In Krita Yugam, there was Manu Shastram
2. In Treta Yugam, Gautama Maharish’s Smritis
3. In Dwapara Yugam, Shankha likhita (written) Smritis
4. In Kali Yugam, Parashara Maharshi’s Smritis
5. Ultimately Yajnavalkya’s Smritis composed by Yajnavalkya rishi

Gradually over time, there were some modifications made to these sacred texts which are still being today as the Hindu Dharma. Sri Ramayana and Mahabharata, the great epics have been considered as Dharma Shastra. These two epics have proven to be powerful Dharma Shastras which teach principles of righteous conduct. Dharma is the reason for the blossoming and expansion of life in a healthy and wholesome way.

There are 4 padas for Ashta dharmas:

1. Satyam or truth
2. Compassion for all beings
3. Charity
4. Tapas.

These are the 4 main dharmas. However, for human beings the following are the primary 8 dharmas that would apply:

1. Purity
2. Control of the senses.
3. Truth
4. Ahimsa or non-violence
5. Not stealing
6. Love towards all beings.
7. Compassion
8. Happiness

People who have these qualities of Sanatana dharma are known as “learned”
people. Who are these learned people?

They are people who practice, endurance, tolerance, happiness, compassion, devotion, honesty, self-control, are eternally worshipful, have atma jnana (self-knowledge), are merciful, practice charity, practice cleanliness and purity, have sacred speech, are wise in the knowledge of dharma shastras, are hospitable and who practice selfless seva. Such learned people possess these noble qualities of Sanatana dharma.

Why do we need dharma?

Devotion – True devotion is born only from dharma.

Does one need devotion? And why devotion?

Devotion is nectarine and a great sadhana for achieving the fruits in this world as well as the other world. Bhakti or devotion is a “raksha kavacham” – great armor of protection. It is also necessary for protecting dharma itself, its governance, and for the protection of the rules or principles of dharma. A courageous vow is also necessary. Why? Because wherever there is dharma there is Sri Radha Govinda present.

“Shlokardena pravakshyami, yaduktam grandha kotibhih
paropakarah punyaya, papaya parapiidanam”

Sri Veda Vyasa expounded on the vedas and stated that helping others in need is a punya, or merit, and harming others is a sin.
In Dwapura Yugam, Ananta Parabrahman , incarnated in the form of Sri Krishna appearing in a human form but who performed a divine play – “leela maanusha”, reduced the burden of sins on this planet and came down to bless the sadhus and rishis.

Rohini star on the ashtami or the eighth day of the Hindu lunar calendar in the month of Shravana is Janmashtami also known Sri Krishna Jayanti (Sri Krishna’s birthday)and it is widely and celebrated with grandeur in all of Sri Krishna’s temples worldwide.

The Grand Celebrations of Sri Krishnashtami
at Manidweepa Mahasamathanam

Celebrations will take place in a glorious manner at Amma’s Forest Ashram. Ashtami tithi will start on August 11, 2020, at 6:11am. Pujas will begin at this time. However, on that day the nakshatra (birth star) will be Bharani. The next night (Aug. 12) will be Krithika at 1:16 am. Gokulashtami vratam will be performed on these two days in Manidweepa.

Rohini nakshatra on August 12 at 1:17 am the pujas will commence. Rohini nakshatra is of great importance for Sri Krishnashtami. On that day the celebration will very early in the morning and will be very special and grand event.

Her Holiness, Amma Sri Karunamayi was born in a very traditional Vaishnavite (Hindu denomination considering Vishna as the Supreme Lord) family. In Amma’s household, the names of Sri Krishna, Sri Rama and Sri Venkateshwara were always recited. Govinda smarana, Sundara Kanda parayana, Sri Maha Bhagavatam parayana, Srimad Ramayana pathanam, Mukunda mala stotra, Sri Vishnu Sahasranamas, Sri Gajendra moksham, Sri Rukmini Devi kalyanam (wedding ceremony) were constantly read or chanted. For many generations the family members used to chant Radhey, Radhey, Radhey, Radhey. Therefore, being Vaishnavites, they celebrate Gokulashtami in a grand manner.

This year, Amma will be at the Her ashram after over twenty years to celebrate Sri Krishna Janmasthami in an authentic, traditional and grand style. Pujas are constantly performed at Manidweepa for Sri Penusila Lakshmi Nrsimha Swami and the Saligramas. For more than a 100 generations in Amma’s family, all the family members have done million times likhita japa of Sri Rama and have had darshan of Bhadrachala Rama. They have also attained moksha or salvation. The walls of Amma’s house reverberate with mantra japa of Sri Venkateshwara.

There is a devotional Telugu song by Tyagaraja that Sri Amma Karunamayi and Sri Annapurnammagaru (Amma’s mother) used to play on the veena and enjoyed with tears in their eyes.

“Nidhi chala sukhama, Ramuni sannidhi sukhama? Nijamu telupave O manasa!”

Is a treasure of wealth dear or the closeness of Rama giving happiness? O mind, reveal to me the Truth.” The sound waves of this song can be felt even today in Manidweepa.

Annapurnammagaru used to stand in front of Lord Krishna and pray using this prayer:

“Akhila bandhuvulandu, biddalandu, talli tandrulandu, dhanamunandu
Unna premalona, anuvanta nii miida kalugajesi mammu kavumo
Mukunda, Govinda, Ananda!”

Meaning:

Hey Mukunda, Govinda, Ananda! Grant me at least an atom of that love I have for you like the love I feel towards my relatives, my children, my parents, and my wealth and make me mature.

She used to pray, “Please burn to ashes all the collection of impurities in our hearts and make us your servants.” She used to sit in the temple in front of the altar and sing such songs. All our elder family members have now sadly departed. However, Sri Krishna still remains. He was then, is now, will always be, and even in the coming future, he will always be.

Our elder family members were so dedicated to dharma and passed on this wonderful Vishnu Bhakti which we will continue by celebrating Janmashtami with great devotion.

Puja and Yagnas to Celebrate Sri Radhe Govinda at Manidweepa

Sri Janmashtami Program 3 Day Schedule – August 11, 12, and 13, 2020.

Peacock Feather

August 11, 2020 (5:00am onwards):

Early morning suprabhata seva. Prabhata laghu puja followed by Bala bhog.

5:30 am – 6:30 am:
• Sri Vrindavana Bala Govinda Abhishekam and alankaram with Tulasi leaves
• Sri Krishna Satanamarchana
• Sri Radha Satanamarchana
• Dhoop, deepa, fruit, sweets, milk and butter, cream and yogurt and basundi offered as prasadam followed by Harati sevas.

10:00 am:
• Sri RadhaKrishna Maha mula mantra yajnam folllowed by purnahuti and mangala haratis

1:00 pm: End of morning rituals.
Afternoon: Maharaja bhog naivedyam will be offered.

5:00pm: Sri Krishna Kesava and Radha Rani are offered laghu naivedyam (a small serving of food is offered.) They are then given 15 minutes of rest.

5:30 pm: Sri Tulasi puja to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna and Saligramas.

Followed by Maha bhoga naivedyam – Grand offering of food to Sri Radha Rani and Sri Krishna Bhagavan.

1. Cow’s milk
2. Yogurt.
3. Cow’s butter
4. Rice pudding made with cow’s milk.
5. Sweat balls made with Sesame seeds.
6. Cooked plain rice
7. Cooked daal (lentil soup)
8. Lemon Rice
9. Garelu or medu vada (savory doughnuts)
10. Various types of fruit: Bananas, pomegranate, apples, grapes, mangoes, In addition coconuts, berries, papaya and corn on the cob.

8:00 pm: Mangala Harati

8:30 pm: Seva to the Lord before putting Him to rest for the night.

August 12, 2020: Abhishekam to Sri Krishna Govinda

5:30am: Abhishekams

1. Kshirabhishekam with milk
2. Abhishekam with Gandham or sandalwood paste
3. Abhishekam with Mango Fruit juice.
4. Abhishekam with waters from Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Kaveri, Sindhu, Godavari, and Saraswati energized with mantras.
5. Archanas with Tulasi leaves, sacred basil leaves.

Alankaram (decoration to Sri Krishna) of Sri Krishna’s throne with the following 18 types of flowers:

Tulasi

Kasturi flowers

Red Rose

Jasmine Flowers

Yellow Rose

Malathi flowers

Rudraksha flowers

Jaji flowers (jasmine family)

Mudda Mandaram(multiple layered Hibiscus)

Fragrant virajAji flowers

Fragrant Paneer rose flowers

Mysore jasmine

Lotuses

Madurai jasmine

Orange Roses

Ponna flowers

Yellow button roses

Pogada flowers

These 18 types of flowers are also used for pujas

Afternoon:

• Sri Radha Krishna Maha mula mantra yajnam folllowed by purnahuti and mangala haratis

Followed by Maha bhoga naivedyam – Grand offering of food to Sri Radha Rani and Sri Krishna Bhagavan.

1. Cow’s milk
2. Yogurt.
3. Cow’s butter
4. Rice pudding made with cow’s milk.
5. Sweat balls made with Sesame seeds.
6. Cooked plain rice
7. Cooked daal (lentil soup)
8. Lemon Rice
9. Garelu or medu vada (savory doughnuts)
10. Various types of fruit: Bananas, pomegranate, apples, grapes, mangoes, In addition coconuts, berries, papaya and corn on the cob.

8:00 pm: Sri Krishna and Radha Rani bhajans followed by Mangala Harati

8:30 pm: Seva to the Lord before putting Him to rest for the night.

August 13, 2020: Rohini Nakshatram

This is the most important day for Janmashtami. The Lord incarnated on the day of Rohini nakshatram. This is the primary reason and of utmost importance why abhishekams are performed to Govinda Saligrama on this day. This will be followed by the tulasi puja to Sri Krishna Saligram with offerings of naivedya and mangala harati. Offerings with all kinds of sweets including milk, yogurt, butter and curd. Puja to Tulasi Devi will also be performed.

Why are we doing all these pujas to Sri Govinda? By doing these pujas to Radhe Govinda, we experience inner joy and happiness that is incomparable to the joys obtained from the external world. Our attraction to the external world becomes pale, bitter and transitory. The search for true and permanent joy and happiness ignites the desire for liberation and worship of the divine lotus feet of Sri Krishna. These are steps to salvation.

Our actions of merits and demerits (punya and papa) bind us to this mundane, illusory world. To liberate ourselves we need to get rid of our sins and get detached from our merits. So, how do humans liberate themselves from the cumulative effects of all the sins performed in numerous lifetimes? Darshan of saligrama makes us eligible for liberation, because saligrama is not man made. It is svayambhu meaning self-born. The Lord manifested himself in that form to grace humanity. The Lord destroys millions of sins.

In these challenging and uncertain times with the coronavirus pandemic, these three days of pujas to the powerful swayambhu saligramas for universal welfare are very sacred. Just having darshan of these very powerful saligramas destroys the sins of millions of lifetimes and then liberates one from the binding sinful actions. That is why Vishnu bhaktas strive to follow these divine practices. The true essence of Sri Radha Govinda is prema (love), karuna (compassion), daya (mercy) and dharma (duty).

May this Sri Radha Govinda Saligrama puja grant you all the essence of Sri Radha Krishna’s love, grace, compassion and righteousness. Devotees who constantly remember and perform nama japa and meditate upon Sri Radha Govinda can sanctify themselves. They are purified in their hearts and they do not have any harshness nor speak arrogantly. Their hearts are filled with Sri Radha’s compassion and they are softer than butter and are full of love for others. All devotees are invited to join and participate in the temple in this way during these three days of celebrations. Be part of this program and be blessed in the service of Sri Radha Govinda.

Jai Radhe Radhe!
Manidweepa Mahasamasthanam

GLOSSARY
Yugam – eras or large period of time as it relates to the past, present or future
Smritis – Hindu religious texts
Padas – sub-division eg. chapters in a book
Dharma Shastras – genre of Sanskrit theological texts
Dharmas – qualities of life

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