Gurugram: Thousands of devotees participated in the digital Janmashtami celebrations at ISKCON Temple, located in Badshahpur, Gurugram, which started from the morning of Wednesday.
There was no rush of devotees on the occasion of Janmashtami in the temple. There was no traffic chaos at the premises like it happened last year. However, the digital celebrations of Janmashtami kept the spirit of festivity high and enabled the devotees to see the birthday celebrations of Lord Krishna without stepping out from their homes.
The temple was decked up like every year with few devotees inside the temple engaging in the rituals peacefully. Everything went peacefully as per instructions of the district administration due to the coronavirus situation. All the preparations of digital Janmashtami were carried out by the team of tech-savvy youth devotees.
“We are very happy at the kind of response we are getting from the public. There were lots of queries about how to do Darshan and Puja digitally from the last few days. Our tech-savvy youth devotee team hailing from engineering background have made this possible. Those who had Darshan and did Arti were very happy. After all, devotees are emotionally connected with their Lord and if they would not have been able to take Darshan and attend Arti then they would have been hurt,” said Rambhadra Das, President, ISKCON Badshahpur, Gurugram.
People, who did the Aarti and Puja digitally from their home, were very happy and termed it as a victory over Covid-19.
“Today I had Darshan and Aarti digitally and it was a wonderful experience. Last year also I missed the opportunity to join Janmashtami celebrations at ISKCON as I was abroad. This year, I was really upset that I will again miss Janmashtami but when I learnt that Gurugram Janmashtami celebrations are going digital, I immediately contacted their office and booked my slot. This is a victory of technology over calamities. All the best to the youth team of devotees who made this possible,” said Kapil Sharma, a CEO of a multinational company.
This measure was taken because of the current situation of the coronavirus. “Our main concern is that the safety and security of devotees are not hampered. Only a few temple devotees actively took part in the celebration,” added Das.
This year, Janmashtami is being celebrated with a three days programme. On August 11, a Narasimha Fire Yajna was organised for the protection of Krishna devotees and humanity from the coronavirus. The second day was celebrated as Janmashtami day with usual, Aarti, Abhishek and Mahaabhishek from morning to midnight. The third day was celebrated as the appearance day of Prabhupad, the founder of ISKCON worldwide.