Brahmotsava Celebrations - 2015

Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani  were adorned in the Mohini-murti and Madana-mohana-mohini alankaras respectively on the fifth day of the ongoing Brahmotsava  festivities at ISKCON Sri Radha Krishnachandra temple on April 7, 2015.

Srimad-Bhagavatam describes the incarnation of Lord Krishna in the form of an extraordinarily beautiful woman (Mohini-murti) during the churning of the milk ocean by the demigods and demons. As the churning was in progress, Dhanvantari appeared with a pot of nectar. The demons snatched the pot from him and fought among themselves for the nectar. At that time, the Supreme Lord incarnated as the most charming woman to captivate the demons and distribute the nectar to the demigods. Enchanted by Her beauty, the demons chose Her as the mediator to settle their fight and agreed to accept whatever decision She would give. Then Mohini-murti tactfully delivered the nectar to the demigods.

Regarding this feminine form of the Supreme Lord, Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura (a Vaishnava acharya) remarks that this form assumed by the Lord surpassed the goddess of fortune in beauty.

Srila Rupa Gosvami, a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has stated that Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts Krishna. The symbol of devotional service in the highest degree is Radharani. Krishna is called Madana-mohana, which means that He is so attractive that He can defeat the attraction of thousands of Cupids. But Radharani is still more attractive, for She can even attract Krishna. Therefore devotees call Her Madana-mohana-mohini – the attractor of the attractor of Cupid.

Lord Krishna in the Mohini-murti alankara carrying a pot of nectar and a spoon rode gracefully atop the Hamsa (swan) vahana which the devotees pulled along the utsava route. Srimati Radharani in the Madana-mohana-mohini alankara was carried on a pallakki in front of the Hamsa vahana.

The vahanotsava was followed by a short video presentation of one of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and a devotional song, both describing the beauty of Krishna.

Brahmotsava 2015 - Sangeeta seva

Sangeeta seva during dolotsava was rendered by Smt. Shruti Bhaskar, a Carnatic music singer. She was accompanied by Vidwan Rajesh on violin and Vidwan M. K. Bhaskar on the mridangam.

The celebrations for the day ended with the shayana pallakki utsava of Their Lordships.