The ongoing Brahmotsava celebrations which began on April 3, 2015 at Hare Krishna Hill, ISKCON, Bangalore, is drawing hundreds of devotees to the temple. The vahanotsava, conducted every evening during Brahmotsava is the most attractive feature of this festival. Sri Radha Krishnachandra were specially decorated in the Radha Madhava Kunja-vihari alankara on April 9, 2015. They rode on the kalpa-vriksha vahana which was ardently pulled by the devotees.
Kunja-vihari refers to Lord Krishna and this name indicates that He always enjoys being in the groves of Vrindavana forest.
It is said in the scriptures that the kalpa-vriksha is a wish-fulfilling tree found in the spiritual world. One can get anything one desires from such a tree. In the material world, one can get only oranges from an orange tree or mangoes from a mango tree but not vice versa. However, one can get whatever one wants from the kalpa-vriksha tree – oranges, mangoes, bananas and so on. Millions of such trees are found in the spiritual world.
Srila Prabhupada, in one of his lectures, says that all the trees in Vrindavana are desire trees and by their voluntary desire they have become trees to serve Krishna. They are not ordinary living beings. They have decided to serve Krishna by supplying fruits and flowers.
During the vahanotsava, Their Lordships were seated under the kalpa-vriksha (desire tree) laden with a variety of fruits such as mangoes, bananas, grapes, apples, oranges, etc.
After the vahanotsava, there was a video show on the glories of Radharani described in the form a song. Two Vaishnava songs interspersed with short lectures of Srila Prabhupada and glimpses of Venugopala Deities across India were also part of this show.
While Their Lordships were gently swayed on a swing during dolotsava; sangeeta seva was offered by Sri Anith Sadananda (a Hindustani vocalist) & party. He was accompanied by Sri Dattatreya Joshi on tabla and Sri Satish Kolli on harmonium.
After the dolotsava, the kalpa-vriksha fruits were distributed to the assembled devotees as prasadam. This was followed by the shayana pallakki utsava.