The ongoing 13-day long Brahmotsava celebrations at Sri Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON, Bangalore, entered the most important day of the festival on April 12, 2015. A grand Brahma ratha procession marked the day which commemorates the 18th anniversary of the divine appearance of Sri Radha Krishnachandra and other Deities atop the Hare Krishna Hill.
The utsava Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra, Sri Krishna Balarama and Sri Nitai Gauranga were specially dressed and adorned on this occasion. They were seated along with the Deity of Srila Prabhupada on the ratha beautifully decorated with colorful flower garlands and other items. Hundreds of devotees joined enthusiastically in pulling the ratha despite the heavy downpour during the procession.
The celebration was graced by His Holiness Sri Subudhendra Tirtha Swamiji, the head of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha at Mantralaya. Addressing the devotees assembled in large numbers, the Swamiji said, “The Lord has unlimited names and forms. Although He is all pervading, we need a medium to see Him. That is why we worship Him in the Deity form. As our devotion to the Lord increases, so do we perceive His presence in the Deity form.” He said that Lord Krishna is attainable only through devotional service. We cannot satisfy Him with our parentage, education, beauty, wealth, etc. Swamiji cited various examples of the devotees devoid of material assets from the history and puranas to show that only devotional service pleases the Lord. He concluded by wishing that ISKCON, the devotional movement established by Srila Prabhupada, would be instrumental in preaching the divine knowledge of devotional service.
Prior to the Brahma ratha utsava conducted in the evening, a special offering of 108 delicious preparations was made to Their Lordships. Devotees also performed kalyanotsava of Krishna, Rukmini and Satyabhama in the morning.
After the Brahma ratha, nritya seva was offered by the students of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai. They gave an impressive performance of a dance-drama titled Rukmini Kalyana (the pastime of Lord Krishna kidnapping Rukmini and marrying her) for the pleasure of the Lord and the devotees. Nritya seva was followed by dolotsava accompanied by sankirtan and shayana pallakki utsava of Their Lordships.