Sri Radha Krishnachandra were adorned as Rukmini Dwarakadhisha during the vahanotsava at Sri Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON, Bangalore on April 11, 2015. Their Lordships rode atop the Gaja (elephant) vahana during the procession as the devotees performed kirtans while the vahana was being pulled along the utsava route. His Holiness Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Dr. Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji of Sirigere, Chitradurga graced the occasion.
Addressing the devotees assembled before the vahana, the Swamiji said, “the temple standing on the Hare Krishna hill is nicely built and displays a synthesis of modernity and tradition.” Pointing out the difference between the other modern buildings and the ISKCON temple, he said that although there are many buildings bigger than the ISKCON temple, the temple has been built with devotion and is greater than other buildings. He stressed the need to focus on the spiritual values of dharma and moksha between which are situated artha and kama – the material values. He said that these material values have to be utilized in the ultimate attainment of the moksha.
The celebrations also included Kalyanotsava of Krishna, Rukmini and Satyabhama in the morning.
Regarding Lord Krishna’s inconceivable powers, Srila Prabhupada says that Krishna is not an ordinary person although He appears to be so. When sixteen thousand girls were kidnapped by the demon Bhaumasura, they prayed to Krishna to release them. Then Krishna killed the demon and delivered all the girls. Although they became free to go to their homes, those girls did not want to return because they knew that nobody would marry them, having been kidnapped by the demon. They wanted Krishna to become their husband. The Lord being very kind, agreed to their request and brought them to Dwaraka. He expanded Himself into sixteen thousand forms, constructed sixteen thousand palaces, and lived in each palace with each wife.
There are so many devotees of Krishna, and Krishna shows favor to all of them. He does not need any help from these devotees, but because they want to serve Him in a particular way, the Lord reciprocates.
After the vahanotsava, nritya seva was offered by the students of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai. They wonderfully performed a dance-drama titled Sri Krishna Parijatam for the pleasure of the Deities. Their artistic performance was appreciated by the audience. The pastime related to parijata flower is found in the Harivamsha purana and contains Lord Krishna, Rukmini, Satyabhama and sage Narada as the main characters.
Nritya seva was followed by dolotsava of Their Lordships to the accompaniment of kirtan by the devotees. The last part of the celebrations was shayana pallakki utsava following the dolotsava.