The dhvajarohana ceremony at ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Bangalore on April 3, 2015 marked the beginning of the annual Brahmotsava celebrations. The Deities made Their divine appearance on Hare Krishna hill, 18 years ago to receive the services offered by devotees and shower blessings upon them. The 13-day-long festival includes a number of activities such as Brahmotsava-yajna, vahanotsava, dolotsava, kalyanotsava, churnabhisheka, teppotsava, etc., which are expected to draw thousands of devotees to the temple.
During the dhvajarohana, a flag bearing the insignia of Sri Garuda who was invoked the previous day, was hoisted onto the dhvaja-stambha (flag post) located in front of the Harinama-mantapa. The eve of Brahmotsava celebrations also witnessed many other ritualistic ceremonies like punyahavachana, raksha-bandhana, Garuda-homa, mrit-sangrahana, ankuraropana, etc.
The dhvaja-stambha was decorated with flowers and auspicious items like arecanut flowers and mango leaves for the dhvajarohana ceremony. Devotees carried Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra who were gorgeously decorated with flowers and jewelries, on a pallakki to the dhvaja-stambha area along with the Garuda flag, and the Deity of Srila Prabhupada. This was followed by the offering of special naivedya to Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra.
After this, a shodashopachara puja including panchamrita abhisheka was performed to the small Garuda Deities at the four corners of the dhvaja-stambha. Shortly after the puja, devotees hoisted the Garuda flag amidst sankirtan, which indicated the commencement of the mega festival.
Then there was the ritual of inviting the demigods from different parts of the universe. The most revered personalities among them being Vishvaksena, Lord Brahma, and the ashta-dikpalakas (predominating demigods of eight directions). All of them were offered prayers and invited to come and take part in the festivities. A special raga was played to please each of these demigods. An arati was performed to all the demigods and prasadam was offered to them.
The ceremony concluded with prasadam distribution to the assembled devotees and visitors.