The grand 18th Brahmotsava festival at ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Bangalore concluded on April 15, 2015 with the lowering of the Garuda flag during the dhvaja-avarohana ceremony. The 13-day-long mega festival also featured boat ride of Sri Radha Krishnachandra and maha-samprokshana on the final day.
A large number of devotees thronged the temple to take part in the exciting festivities which commenced in the evening. The Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra were specially adorned in the Yamuna Tira Vanachari alankara and carried on a pallakki to the temple pond for nauka-vihara seva (boat ride).
As Their Lordships were carried on a beautifully decorated barge in the pond amidst Harinama sankirtan and the singing of devotional songs, devotees showered flowers on Them, received prasadam and enjoyed witnessing this beautiful ride. The nauka-vihara seva also included panchamrita abhisheka and avabhrita snana performed to Shatari (which represents the lotus feet of the Lord) and the Deity of Sri Sudarshana Narasimha. During the avabhrita snana, devotees took a dip in the pond carrying these Deities on their heads, thus sanctifying the water.
After the boat ride, dhvaja-avarohana ceremony was conducted at the dhvaja stambha plaza. The rituals included offering special naivedya to Their Lordships, shodashopachara puja to the Garuda Deities at the four corners of the dhvaja stambha, offering Krishna prasadam to all the demigods who had been invited to the festival and requesting them to return to their abodes with special prayers and music pleasing to them. After bidding farewell to the demigods, Garuda flag was brought down to the accompaniment of the fireworks indicating the end of the Brahmotsava festival.
A grand shayana pallakki utsava was conducted in the main temple hall, after the dhvaja-avarohana ceremony. This was followed by maha-samprokshana, another exciting event for which a big crowd of devotees was eagerly waiting. During maha-samprokshana, sacred water from the kalashas of Brahmotsava was sprinkled on the devotees who then took a dip in the sanctified water of the temple pond for purification.