Sri Radhe Govinda
August 29, 30 & 31 , 2021
“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
These are the 4 main dharmas. However, for human beings the following are the primary 8 dharmas that would apply:
2. Control of the senses.
4. Ahimsa or non-violence
5. Not stealing
6. Love towards all beings.
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 Krishna Janmashtami
at Manidweepa Mahasamathanam
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.
“Nidhi chala sukhama, Ramuni sannidhi sukhama? Nijamu telupave O manasa!”
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.
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!”
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 Krishna Janmashtami Program 3 Day Schedule – August 29, 30, & 31, 2021
3 Days Festival Celebrations:
August 29th, 2021
The beginning day of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations at Manidweepa.
August 30th, 2021
Rohini star all day - Ashtami. Sri Krishna Janmashtami festival puja day.
August 31st, 2021
Rohini star continues on this day. Special pujas will performed on this last festival day.
3 days of traditional and elaborate pujas, abhishekams, homas, akhanda (eternal) harathi, naivedyam offerings and chanting of Vedic mantras will be part of the grand celebrations of Sri Radha Rani, Sri Govinda Janmashtami Festival.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations in the month of Shravana at Manidweepa
- Ashtami starts at 8:17 pm on August 29. Today will be the start of the Sri Krishna Janmashtami Festival. Performing this Gokulashtami Vratam bestows a radiant life, bestows happiness, all wishes are fulfilled and siddhi (spiritual power) and buddhi (intellect).
- Lord Krishna’s birthstar Rohini occurs the whole day on August 30. Manidweepa will be performing Ksheera abhishekams with the milk of Gomata Sri Surabhi Devi to Lord Sri Krishna in 108 Dakshina Vartana Conches.
- Sandal Paste abhishekam.
- Āmraphala (Mango fruit) abhishekam.
Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Godavari, Krishna – Pancha Nadhi (5 holy river waters) empowered with Vedic mantras will be used to perform Pavitra abhishekam in accordance with Santana Dharam, Shodasha Uparchara Pujas.
Day 1: August 29, 2021 – Pujas will begin at 5 AM
- Suprabhata Seva – “Prabhata Laghu Puja” Morning puja of Lord Sri Bala Bhog -naivedyam and Mangala Harathi.
- Morning – Abhishekam to Sri Brindavana Balakrishna, Alankaram, Sri Krishna Shatanama Archana with tulsi (basil) leaves, dhoopam (incense), dheepam, fruits, milk, butter, yoghurt, sweets made with milk, cream, basundi naivedyam offerings, followed by Harathi seva.
- Sri Radhe Sri Krishna Maha Moolamantra Homa at 10 am, Poornahuti, Maha Harathi – ends at 1 pm.
- In the afternoon, Rajabhog naivedyam offerings to Lord Sri Govinda, followed by Harathi seva.
- Laghu naivedyam offering to Sri Radharani and Sri Krishna deities at 5 pm, followed by 15 minutes vishranthi (rest) for Radharani and Sri Krishna.
- At 5.30 pm – Sri Tulsi Puja for Saligramas.
- After the Puja, Mahabhog Naivedyam offerings to Sri Radhe Govinda Narayana; offering a wide variety of prasadam (food items).
Day 2: August 30, 2021 – Janmashtami Day (all day Rohini Star)
Sākṣāt śrī kalpavr̥kṣa svarūpāyai pradātrai sarvasampadām |
Śrīdāyai, dhanadāyai, pradatrai, sarvasampadām ||
Meaning: Those who worship Lord Sri Krishna on this day are bestowed to be virtuous, glorious, renowned, wealthy, is equal to the one who have performed all the homas.
On this day, worshiping Sri Krishna and chanting 1008 times Sri Krishna Mantra is the same as taking a bath in all tirthas (holy waters). After leaving the body, one will be permanently settled in the world of Sri Krishna.
- Janmashtami Day – Early Morning 5 Suprabhata Seva, “Prabhata Laghu Puja” Morning puja of Sri Lord Krishna. Bala Bhog – naivedyam, Mangala Harathi.
- From 5:30 am to 6:30 am: Abhishekam to Sri Brindavana Bala Govinda Raas followed by alankaram, Sri Krishna shatanama archana with tulsi (basil), dalam (leaves), 16 types of aromatic incense dhoopam, 16 cow ghee dheepam (lamp) harathis. Many fruits, sweets, milk, butter, cream, yoghurt, basundi, laddu, naivedyam offerings, followed by harathi sevas.
- At 10 am Sri Krishna Govinda Homa
- Sri Radhe Krishna Moolamantra Homa. For those performing this auspicious homa on this day, the Lord Sri Krishna will be very pleased with them and give them salvation. They will live in the world of Sri Krishna forever.
- Afternoon – Maharaja Bhog naivedyam.
- At 5 pm, naivedyam to Sri Radhe Krishna. Followed by 15 minutes vishranthi (rest).
- At 6 pm, Sri Tulsi (basil leaves) puja for Sri Krishna Saligramas.
- After the puja, Maha Bhog naivedyam offerings:
- Gau ksheeramu (Cow milk)
- Gau dadhi (Cow yogurt)
- Gau venna (Cow butter)
- Gau ksheera payasam (Cow milk pudding)
- Sesame Laddu
- 54 varieties of sweets
- Pancha phalalu (5 types of fruits)
- Garelu (urad dal vada)
- Pulihora (tamarind rice)
- Shuddhannam (white rice), Dal
- Lemon Rice
- Wide variety of spicy snacks
- Almond milk
- Raw coconuts
How to celebrate at home:
On Janmashtami day, take head shower. In India, many people fast on this day for Lord Sri Krishna. If you fast, do not eat lunch but you can drink milk or eat fruit in the afternoon.
Perform parikramas to Sri Radhe Govinda 16 times; perform Tulsi archana to Sri Swamy and /or chant Sri Swamy mantra japas as much as possible.
In the evening, take a copper vessel/tray and place in it 5 bilva leaves, 5 tulsi leaves and water. Install a Sri Radhe Govinda idol in the middle and perform 9 parikramas (circumbulate the idol 9 times clockwise). Then take this copper vessel/tray outside and look at the moon’s reflection in the water. This will make your life much brighter.
On Janmasthami night (Aug. 30) – Special archana with golden lotuses will be performed to Sri Radhe Govinda. This archana is very special and whoever does this will have the good fortune of living in Goloka – Brindavana with the eternal Sri Radhakrishna. Archana with golden lotuses is the dearest worship to Sri Radhe Rani and Sri Krishna Bhagavan.
On Janmashtami, 57 types of sweets will be offered as naivedyam. Sri Vallabhacharya Madhurashtakam will be recited. At night there is Unjal (swing) Seva for Lord Sri Krishna as well as many other sevas. Followed by Veda Mantrapushpam recitation and many glorious Maha Mangala harathis. This event will continue for 2 hours. Followed by Ekantha Seva (putting the Lord to celestial sleep with lullabies) – Shayanotsavam.
Day 3 : August 31, 2021
On this day all the above sevas, special pujas including the homas will be performed again for Sri Swamy. Special archanas to Sri Radhe Krishna will be performed with flowers and tulsi (basil) leaves and with silver lotuses and pearls.
The divine feet of Sri Krishna are the path to Salvation through worship with flowers.
Darshan of Sri Krishna’s divine feet which is directly in the form of Saligrama cannot be attained, unless you have the virtuous blessings of countless births. The divine feet of Sri Krishna are the path to salvation. On this day, as Rohini star occurs this morning, worshipping such Mokshaprada (that bestows liberation) Saligrama and Sri Krishna Puja gives infinite results.
In the worship of God – Flowers takes the highest place. There are many puja items but why are flowers so important?
madhyēca kēśavaḥ puṣpāgrēca mahādēvaḥ sarvadēvāḥ sthitādaḷē ||
The flower has Brahma at the beginning, Vishnu at the center of the flower and Mahadev at the end of the flower. In the petals there are all the gods.
Paran̄jyōtiḥ puṣpagataṁ puṣpaṇaiva prasīdati, trivarga sādhanaṁ puṣpaṁ puṣṭiśrī svargamōkṣadam ||
Paramatma Brahma in flowers, is most pleased with the worship of flowers. “….puṣpaṁ trivarga sādhanaṁ” floral trinity tool i.e. bestows wealth, heaven, and salvation. The gods are pleased with worship through flowers because flowers are the abode of gods. In other words, there is consciousness in the flowers. Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga can be worshiped with various flowers.
- If Sri Krishna is worshiped with many different flowers, the results of performing 10 Ashvamedha homas will be achieved.
- Those who worship Lord Krishna with golden lotuses will attain a place in world of Lord.
- Offering any of the following flowers will please Lord Sri Krishna. It dissolves their karmas and auspicious blessings will be bestowed. The flowers are: Ashoka (Saraca asoca), Hibiscus, Rose, Tulsi (basil), Lotus, Jasmine, Champak, Ponna (Sultan Champa), Red Lilies, White Lotus, Kanakambara (Firecracker flower), Bilva (bael), Pogada (mimusops elengi).
If Lord Sri Krishna is worshipped with fresh green darbha grass, the devotee is bestowed with the great wealth equivalent to Lord Kubera. When worshipped with lotus flowers you will attain salvation. During the month of Shravana, one who fasts and performs puja with tulsi leaves or white flowers; it will lead them to Vaikuntham when they leave their body. During the month of Shravana, one who fasts and performs puja with jasmine flowers they will obtain the darshan of Lord Sri Krishna’s divine feet.
When offering a flower to God, be sure that the flower is offered the right way up. It is not a mistake to do so when the flowers are offered in bunches; but while performing puja with ashtottaram or Sahasranama one should make sure that you offer the flowers slowly to the divine feet and making sure the flower is not offered upside down.
Let us worship Sri Radhe Govinda with a wide variety of flowers. Devotees are given the opportunity to participate in these sacred pujas for 3 days. Blessed are those who are at the service of Sri Krishna Radha Rani.
Jai Radhe Radhe, Jai Jai Radhe.
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