As part of the 13-day long Brahmotsava festival at Sri Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON, Bangalore, on 14 April, 2015, the penultimate day, Churnabhisheka was conducted.
During the Churnabhisheka, a special and elaborate abhisheka (bathing ceremony) was performed to the utsava Deities at the temple accompanied by Harinama sankirtan. His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, the Governor of Karnataka graced this special event and witnessed the ceremonial bathing of the Deities. He was also given a tour of the temple by the temple devotees. The governor expressed his pleasure at having visited the temple and attended the program.
The utsava Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Krishna, Rukmini, Satyabhama and Sri Prahlada Narasimha were brought to the open air theatre, the venue of the Churnabhisheka ceremony in the evening. The abhisheka ceremony began with the Deities receiving a massage with sandal oil, white sesame seed paste and sandalwood paste accompanied by the special prayers and mantras. This was followed by the bathing of Their Lordships with panchamrita, herbal waters, fruit juices, etc.
Next, the Deities were anointed with turmeric paste and a grand arati was performed while the devotees sang arati songs. This was followed by a special abhisheka with holy waters from 108 kalashas with recital of Purusha Sukta prayers. Following this, Their Lordships were showered with colorful and fragrant flowers. Hundreds of devotees witnessed this grand ceremony which concluded with shayana arati and shayana pallakki utsava.
The Churnabhisheka also included an audio-visual presentation of twelfth (Dwadasha) Brahmotsava celebrated in the temple in the year 2009. ‘Spiritual Haven on Earth’ – a short video that showcases the architectural beauty and the devotional atmosphere of the ISKCON temple was also played followed by snippets of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures.