Gurugram: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, ISKCON temple, located in Badshahpur, is all set to mark the birth of Lord Krishna digitally on Wednesday.
COVID-19 situation has failed to dampen the high spirit of Janmashtami celebrations. The temple management has decided to increase the fervour by making the grand celebrations digital, allowing everyone to participate from home.
Thus, ensuring the safety and health of all. People can be seated at home and have LIVE darshan and offer Puja, Aarti and Abhishek to Lord Sri Krishna.
The celebrations have already started, from August 4-11, there are daily Krishna Katha (lectures) by HG Sundar Gopal Das, Director - ISKCON Youth Forum, Delhi.
In these lectures, devotees relish the sweet and extra-ordinary pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna, which spiritual authorities and scriptures explain are transcendental, unlike any human activity. Devotees through these talks, try to saturate their minds with Krishna’s thoughts and pastimes so that they can best prepare their minds to receive him on his appearance day.
Several online competitions have been initiated, for kids as well as adults, such as Drawing, Slogan Framing, Acting, Singing etc. Also, several events have been planned to take place on the digital platform on the festival day, such as Games, Dramas, Shloka recitation and reading of Krishna pastimes.
“We will celebrate the occasion for three days. The first day that is on August 11, A Narasimha Fire Yajna will take place for the protection of Krishna devotees and humanity from the Corona. On Janmashtami day there will be as usual special aartis, and melodious kirtan and the much-awaited mahaabhishek in the midnight. All devotees will be able to view these programs on YouTube channel and Temple website, iskcongurugram.com. Anyone willing to offer aarti and abhishek can book their slot on the temple website. Celibate monks and priests of the temple will offer the Abhishek and puja on behalf of devotees. After the festival is over, abhishek charanamrit, prasad and a gift will be delivered at the home of devotees,” said Rambhadra Das, President of ISKCON Gurugram.
There will be twenty-four hours Kirtan throughout the day. People will be invited to take part digitally through the digital card.
“On the next day of Janmasthami we will also celebrate the Appearance Day of Srila Prabhupad by the founder acharya of ISKCON. He is the personality who spread India’s glorious culture throughout the world by undergoing great hardships at 70 years of age,” added Das.
“We request all to be a part of this divine occasion; get darshan of Sri Sri Radha Damodar, along with Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra; seek their blessings and experience the bliss on this most auspicious day. One could also contribute to the fest by logging in at iskcongururgam.com/seva,’’ appealed Das.