NORWALK, CA – The week-long Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Saptah Maha Gyan Yagna which started on June 26, concluded on July 2 with a large number of devotees in attendance. The week- long festivities of the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha by Param ujya Acharya Shri Mridul Krishna Goswamiji was organized by...
On June 27 the Shiv PariwarJhanki took place in which volunteers dressed up as Shiv and Parvati performed a Shiv bhajan. The next day, was the Vaman Avtaar in which a child volunteer dressed up as Vamana, the fifth avatar of Vishnu.
On June 29 the Krishna Pragatya Mahotsav took place which consisted of a reenactment of how Deviki and Vashudeva escaped prison to take their son across the Yamuna River to be raised by Yasoda and Banda in the village of Gokul.
The next day’s ceremony focused on the Girirag Pujan and Chappan Bhog. The Girirag Puja was the story of how Krishna at the young age of 5, lifted the Govardhan Hill for seven days to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the rains and thunderstorms Indra was pouring on to the land and to break Indra’s ego.
The wedding of Krishna and Rukmani, better known as RukmaniMangal was the main event the next day.
The concluding day on July 2 was a day of appreciation and farewells. Deepak Hira, one of the members of the by Shri Banke Bihari Seva Mandal hosted the event to welcome Param Pujya Acharya Shri Mridul Krishna Goswamiji.
Announcing his arrival caused all devotees in attendance to gather to the front of the hall by the door he was to enter from and by the stage to get as close as possible. Every volunteer, old and young, was thanked by the organization for their assistance and called on stage to receive blessings from Goswamiji. Then each of the volunteers took turns doing the aarti (pooja) on stage.
The Sudhama Charitra, Holi, and Vyaas Pooja also took place. Sudhama Charitra is the story of Krishna’s best friend and the Vyaas Pooja gave the opportunity for all devotees in attendance to receive blessings from Goswamiji .