Vivek Oberoi, prominent Bollywood cine artist and philanthropist said that the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir the upcoming skyscraper temple for Lord Krishna is a very important project for Indian Heritage and Culture. He was speaking at the occasion of Krishna Janmastami celebrations of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir today in Vrindavan. He had recently agreed to be one of the Well-wishers of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.
Regardless of time, place and circumstances, devotion to Lord Krishna has a purifying effect on those who engage in it. The appearance of Lord Krishna has been celebrated as a sublime devotional festival in India for thousands of years. Today the event generates great devotional fervor especially in ISKCON temples all over the world.
In accordance with this timeless devotional tradition, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir celebrated Sri Krishna Janmastami at its Vrindavan premises on Sunday, September 6, 2015. While in most parts of the country, Janmastami was celebrated on Saturday, September 5, 2015, most temples in Vrindavan including Radha Raman, Radha Damodar, Banke Bihari. Radha Madan Mohan and many others celebrated the festival on the 6th of September. This was because according to the local calendar Rohini Nakshatra fell on this date.
At Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, it was a blissful day packed with numerous devotional events that the devotees thoroughly relished. The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga were offered exotic new dress and jewelry and the temple hall was transformed into a ‘Phul Bangla’ a flower-bungalow – profusely decorated with flowers. In the sweetly fragrant colorful setting, Sringar Darshan Arati was performed for the Deities at 7:15 in the morning. This was followed by Srila Prabhupada’s Guru Puja ceremony accompanied by spirited sankirtana from the ecstatic devotees. Shortly thereafter, the festival Deities of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra were placed in a beautifully decorated swing and the daylong swing festival began. Pulling the swing of Radha Vrindavanchandra evoked deep feelings of devotion that are intrinsic to the soul in the hearts of the devotees.
The evening celebrations began at 4:30 pm with the performance of Bhajan Sandhya by Sri Punit Khurana. The environment was surcharged with devotion. At around 9 pm, renowned Bhajan singers from Sri Vinod Aggarwal’s troupe enthralled the visiting devotees with Sri Krishna bhajans.
At around 10pm it was time for the most important ceremony of the day, the grand Abhishekam of Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra at the newly erected Sringar Mantap in the campus. To the chanting of mantras and Hare Krishna Sankirtana, the Deities were bathed with a variety of ingredients like milk, curd, honey, water mixed with medicinal herbs and fruit juices. A layer of turmeric was applied to the Deities and they were offered different kinds of aratis. Then they were bathed with water from 117 pots. They were then showered with varieties of fragrant flowers and finally they were fanned with special whisks and Peacock fans.
While the Deities were offered Sringara and Naivedya sevas, Mr. Vivek Oberoi, the special guest for the festival who has become a Well Wisher for the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir project, gave a brief talk to the audience. His Grace Sriman Chanchalapati Dasa, President of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir then addressed the audience. He said that the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna in the holy land of Vrindavan offered immense spiritual opportunities for all who were participating in the event. He gave a vivid description of the events related to the Lord’s appearance in Mathura 5000 years ago. He concluded by emphasizing the need for everyone to take inspiration from the grand festival and offer devotional service to Lord Krishna every day by performing sankirtana and attentively chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra a fixed number of times in the form of japa. Then he lead the audience in performing japa of the Hare Krishna Mantra by chanting “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” 108 times.
Then exactly at Mid-night a grand arati was performed for the Deiteis at the Sringara Mantapa to the accompaniment of melodious Sankirtana from the nearly thousands of devotees assembled there. Then all the devotees were served a Prasadam feast. Finally at around 1 am the Deities returned to Their altar in the temple hall.