BENGALURU, Dec. 19, 2018: Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi that was celebrated yesterday at ISKCON Bangalore is one of the biggest annual festivals at the temple. It drew nearly 50,000 devotees who visited the temple and sought the blessings of the Lord.

The highlights of the celebrations were abhisheka and laksharchana to Sri Srinivasa Govinda, passing through the Vaikuntha Dwara and Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama kalyanotsava. 

The festivities began at 3:00 a.m. with mangalarati and special abhisheka to Sri Srinivasa Govinda followed by nija pada darshana and tomala seva.

Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra were splendidly adorned as Lakshmi Narayana and taken in a grand pallakki utsava towards the Vaikuntha Dwara erected at the northern entrance of the main temple hall.

The Vaikuntha Dwara ceremony began at 5:45 a.m. with a short address by His Grace Madhu Pandit Dasa, Temple President. This was followed by arati, pushparchana with Sri Krishna Ashtottara, a devotional song by the invited artistes and the opening of the Vaikuntha Dwara through which the devotees pass, seeking the blessings of Sri Sri Lakshmi Narayana.

Laksharchana was performed from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Two batches of devotees performed archana while reciting Sri Krishna Ashtottara (108 names of Lord Krishna) repeatedly which aggregated to a total of 2,02,716 names.

Kalyanotsava, the divine wedding ceremony of Lord Krishna with Rukmini and Satyabhama was conducted in the Dwarakapuri Hall.

To increase awareness of Srila Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of ISKCON) among the temple visitors, an exhibition which briefly described his life history and major accomplishments was held on this occasion. It also included a display of Bhagavad-gita books (in 50 languages, both Indian and foreign), by Srila Prabhupada.   

About 750 volunteers were engaged in various services at different locations such as prasadam counters, darshan queues, footwear stand, etc. They assisted senior citizens and specially-abled persons in having darshan and performing various sevas to the Lord.  

The temple was open for darshan from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. without break.