Brahmotsava Celebrations - 2015

As part of the ongoing Brahmotsava festival at Sri Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON, Bangalore, Sri Radha Krishnachandra were adorned as Radha Rasavihari during the vahanotsava on April 10, 2015. They were seated atop the Chandra-prabha vahana which was pulled by devotees jubilantly along the procession route.

The Chandra prabha (moonshine) vahana symbolized the rasa dance of Krishna with the gopis which took place on the full-moon night of the sarat (autumn) season.

Srila Prabhupada explains that this dance is not like the ordinary dancing of young boys and girls. It is on the platform of yogamaya (personal energy of the Lord) whereas the dancing of young boys and girls within the material world is in the kingdom of mahamaya (illusion).

On the mahamaya platform, dances take place on the basis of sense gratification. But when Krishna called the gopis by sounding His flute, they hurriedly rushed toward the spot of the rasa dance with the transcendental desire to satisfy Krishna. In the Chaitanya-charitamrita, it has been explained that lust means sense gratification, and love also means sense gratification – but for Krishna. In other words, when activities are enacted on the platform of personal sense gratification, they are called material activities, but when they are enacted for the satisfaction of Krishna, they are spiritual activities.

Srila Sukadeva Gosvami has remarked that Krishna is self-sufficient – He is atmarama. He doesn’t need anyone else for His satisfaction. Because the gopis wanted Krishna as their husband, He fulfilled their desire.

After the vahanotsava, there was a video show which included a narration by His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, the Temple President, on the trials and tribulations the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore went through in the early days of the design and construction of the temple on the Hare Krishna hill. He also explained that by the power of the holy names of the Lord, all the obstacles on this arduous journey were removed and a magnificent temple became manifested on the hill. The video show also included lectures of Srila Prabhupada, a song by Sri Vallabhacharya (a great Vaishnava saint), and darshan of Navaneeta Gopala and Narthana Gopala Deities at different holy places across India.

Brahmotsava 2015 - Sangeeta seva

Sangeeta Seva during the dolotsava was offered by Vrindaranyam, a bhajan troupe from Chennai. The artists included Sri Sabarish, Kum. Divya Tantry, Kum. Padmapriya, Kum. Harini and Kum. Sharanya (singers) accompanied by Sri Siby Krishna on mridangam.

The celebrations culminated with the shayana pallakki utsava.