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- GAURA PURNIMA MARCH 7, 2023Gaur Purnima Schedule Date: 7 March 2023 Tuesday 04:30 am Mangala Arati 07:30 Darshana Arati 05.45 pm Maha Abhishek 19:00 Gaur Arati 19.45 Dinner Prasadam forAll ———————————————————————————–About Gaur PurnimaGaura Purnima is the celebration of most auspicious and adorable advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – The Golden Avatara.It is one of the most important festival for Gaudiya Vaishnavas after Janmashtami.The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, with the serving mood of Srimati Radharani, appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish Sankirtana Movement – the yuga dharma for this age of Kali. He appeared on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna in the year 1486 AD at Sridham Mayapura as the son of Sri Jagannath Mishra and Srimati Sachidevi.In the revealed scriptures, Lord Krishna was predicted to appear as Golden Avatara(incarnation) as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to propound and propagate the congregational chanting of Holy name of the Lord Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama ,Rama Rama Hare Hare in order to counteract the contaminating influence of this despicable age of quarrel and hypocrisy and attain the spiritual perfection.Vedic scripture glorifies the Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as most munificent incarnation. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu freely distributed the process for delivering the fallen soul from clutches of Maya without any condition and discrimination.Lord Chaitanya introduced the Sankirtana Movement, the joyfully chanting and dancing of Holy name of Lord without any requirement of understanding Vedic scripture, undergoing severe austerities of meditation, expensive fire sacrifice and complicated temple worship.Simply by chanting the Holy Name of Lord Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare, one can immediately transcend the negative influence of this dark age and experience the higher taste and discard the lower taste which shackles us in the miserable material prison house perpetually.Gaur Purnima Schedule Date: 7 March 2023 Tuesday04:30 am Mangala Arati07:30 Darshana Arati 05.45 pm Maha Abhishek19:00 Gaur Arati19.45 Dinner Prasadam forAllAll are welcomeMARCH 7, 2023...Read more...
- Srila Prabhupada 126th Vyasa Puja 20th August 2022 Srila Prabhupada, India’s Spiritual Ambassador to the West When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada entered the port of New York City on September 17, 1965 few Americans took notice — but he was not merely another immigrant. He was on a mission to introduce the ancient teachings of Vedic India into mainstream America. Before Srila Prabhupada passed away on November 14, 1977 at the age of 81, his mission proved successful. He had founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and saw it grow into a worldwide confederation of more than 100 temples, ashrams and cultural centers. Srila Prabhupada was born Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896 to a pious Hindu family in Calcutta. As a youth growing up in British-controlled India, Abhay became involved with Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement to secure independence for his nation. It was, however, a 1922 meeting with a prominent scholar and religious leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which proved most influential on Abhay’s future calling. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta was a leader in the Gaudiya Vaishnava denomination, a monotheistic tradition within the broad Hindu culture, and asked Abhay to bring the teachings of Lord Krishna to the English-speaking world. Abhay became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in 1933, and resolved to carry out his mentor’s request. Abhay, later known by the honorific A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, spent the next 32 years preparing for his journey west. In 1965, at the age of sixty-nine, Srila Prabhupada traveled to New York City aboard a cargo ship. The journey was treacherous, and the elderly spiritual teacher suffered two heart attacks aboard ship. Arriving in the United States with just seven dollars in Indian rupees and his translations of sacred Sanskrit texts, Srila Prabhupada began to share the timeless wisdom of Krishna consciousness. His message of peace and goodwill resonated with many young people, some of whom came forward to become serious students of the Krishna tradition. With the help of these students, Srila Prabhupada rented a small storefront on New York’s Lower East Side to use as a temple. On July 11, 1966, he officially registered his organization in the state of New York, formally founding the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In the eleven years that followed, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours, bringing the teachings of Lord Krishna to thousands of people on six continents. Men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life came forward to accept his message, and with their help, Srila Prabhupada established ISKCON centers and projects throughout the world. Under his inspiration, Krishna devotees established temples, rural communities, educational institutions, and started what would become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program. With the desire to nourish the roots of Krishna consciousness in ts home, Srila Prabhupada returned to India several times, where he sparked a revival in the Vaishnava tradition. In India, he opened dozens of temples, including large centers in the holy towns of Vrindavan and Mayapur. Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contributions, perhaps, are his books. He authored over 70 volumes on the Krishna tradition, which are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, fidelity to the tradition, and clarity. Several of his works are used as textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into 76 languages. His most prominent works include: Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the 30-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, and the 17-volume Sri Caitanya-caritamrita....Read more...
- Sri Krishna Janmashtami 19th August 2022 Date: 19th August 2022, Friday Time: 8.30am to midnight ISKCON Chennai invites one and all to celebrate Sri Krishna Janmashtami by visiting the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple at Akkarai, Sholinganallur (off ECR) on 19th August 2022, Friday. The festival this year is marked with the 125th anniversary of ISKCON founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. On the 19th, darshan of Sri Sri Radha Krishna will commence at 8.30am. Throughout the day, there will be bhajans and kirtan. Facility to offer archana to the Lord is available in the temple from 9am to 10pm. Visitors will also be able to swing Balagopala on the cradle. At 10.30pm, the beautiful abhishek of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandravali will commence. Arati will be performed at midnight marking the appearance of Lord Krishna 5000 years ago. Celebrations are promising to be very grand and joyful this year as the temple is opening to the public for this festival after two years of pandemic lock down. Anticipating a large number of visitors, arrangements have been made for smooth darshan. Various exhibits and stalls are being set up to give a memorable experience to visitors of all age groups such as children, youth and adults. There are games and quizzes, gifts and prizes, QA booth, Gita course etc. The Suddha Sattva Restaurant has organised a novel treat called ‘A Glimpse of Vrindavana’ – a buffet to relish the tastes from the land of Vraja – from 18th to 21st. On the 20th, ISKCON observes the completion of the 125th appearance day of its founder Acharya His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Various events were held all over the world last year including the release of a commemorative silver coin by Indian Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi. The children wing of ISKCON Chennai, which conducts weekly spiritual classes for children, is launching its website www.goibooks.club containing various materials for children value education such as stories, slokas, bhajans, rhymes, art and craft in pdf, audios and videos. ISKCON Chennai invites one and all to participate in the Janmashtami festival and participate in the Joy of Devotion ...Read more...
- Balaram Purnima 12th August Balaram Purnima 12th August 2022 Program Time 6.15pm – Sandhya Arati 6.30pm – Discourse on Lord Balaram 7.00pm – Jhulan Yatra 7.30pm – Dahi-handi (breaking the pot) and prasadam Balarama PurnimaWho is Lord Balarama?The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is his second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.He assumes five other forms to serve Lord Krishna. He Himself helps in the pastimes of Lord Krishna, and He does the work of creation in four other forms called the catur-vyuha (four armed) forms known as Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Anirudha. He executes the orders of Lord Krishna in the work of creation, and in the form of Lord Sesa He serves Sri Krishna in various ways. In all the forms He tastes the transcendental bliss of serving Krishna. No one can approach Krishna without first getting the mercy of Baladeva.Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva. Only after Baladeva give His mercy did Krishna descend, such is the intimate relationship between Krishna and Baladeva.Lord Balarama is sixteen years old, full of the luster of youth and has a fair complexion the color of crystal. He wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. His handsome hair is tied in a graceful topknot. Splendid earrings adorn His ears and His neck is splendidly decorated with garlands of flowers and strings of jewels. Splendid armlets and bracelets ornament Blaram’s graceful and very strong arms and His feet are decorated with jeweled anklets.Lord Balarama’s beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from musk, and His broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Balarama’s voice is very grave and His arms are very long, touching His thighs.The splendor of Lord Balarama’s form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krishna, still, out of love for Him, He never leaves Krishna alone in the forest even for a moment. Balarama is Sri Krishna’s dearest friend and is a great reservoir of many kinds of pastimes.Mercy of Lord Balarama: Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Krishna. His only mission is to please Krishna by rendering service to Him, whether it is in the creation of the material worlds, maintaining the spiritual world or as His personal paraphernalia.Lord Balarama is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna. He came as Lakshmana with Rama and later as Nityananda Prabhu with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama. Directly we cant approach Krishna, only through Balaram we can approach supreme lord Krishna. Spiritual master represents the true representation of Balaram. Thus by following the instructions of spiritual master and by pleasing him we can get the grace of Krishna....Read more...
- Jhulan Yatra 8-14 AugustJhulan Yatra 8tb to 14th August Time 6.30pm – Sandhya Arati 6.45pm – Jhulan Yatra 14th August Sunday Special Jhulan at 12.30pm Jhulan Yatra Jhulan yatra is that very special festival where each and everyone present can render personal service to Sri Sri Radha Krishna by swinging them. One of the most popular events in the holy town of Vrindavan, India – where Lord Krishna appeared 5,000 years ago – is the celebration of Jhulan Yatra, the Radha-Krishna swing festival. In Sri Vrindavan for five days, in many of the 5000 temples there, the small Utsav-vighraha functional Deities (Vijay-utsav bera) are taken from the altar and placed on an elaborately decorated swing in the temple room. After receiving the traditional arati worship, the Deities are pushed on Their swing. The atmosphere of this festival is especially sweet as everyone has the chance to intimately serve Radha and Krishna by pulling the swing. The same festival is observed in other parts of India too in this sacred month of Shravana. In our ISKCON temples we observe for five days in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. This is a wonderful ceremonial function of Lord Krishna’s pastimes that reflects practically how we are to render service to the Lord for His pleasure. These festivals are not in any way mere rituals, as they all have practical service functionality to invoke loving servitude of the devotees for the Lord. Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme enjoyer and doesn’t have to work hard like us in this world. Everything He does is pleasurable, and He organises many situation in which He can incorporate us, His separated parts and parcels into His loving service which is our natural condition in the spiritual realm. When Sri Krishna had his pastimes in rural Vrindavan with His cowherd friends together they lovingly tended the cows, and wandered in the pastures playing, frolicking, and feasting. Throughout the various seasons they all continuously enjoyed being part of Sri Krishna’s pastimes, and rendering loving service to Him as best they could. It is a most pleasing and satisfying festival, with the swings often highly decorated with forest creepers, Jasmine (Malati) that has newly blossomed in the season, and streamers of garlands. Sometimes they use a fine spray of rose water and direct it toward the Divine couple of Radha and Krishna on Their swing. On the last day of the Jhulan, on the Purnima (full moon) this comes Lord Balaram’s appearance day festival. Let us participate in this festival and offer our loving devotional service to Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani....Read more...
- ISKCON Chennai 10th Anniversary MAY 28 / 29 All are invited for the Grand 10th Anniversary Celebration at ISKCON Chennai Program schedule 28th May 2022 Saturday 6PM – 7.30PM – “King Ambarish” – Tamil Drama by Srila Prabhupada theatres https://youtu.be/AnHdBf2jAbY 7.30PM – Dinner prasadam 💐🌷🌹🥀🌺🌸🌼🌻🌿 29th May 2022- Sunday 04.30AM – Temple’s morning programs & Grand flower dress dharshan 9AM – Breakfast prasadam 10AM – Sankirtan 11.30AM – Special bhoga offering to the Lord & Raja bhoga Aarthi 1 PM – Lunch Prasadam 5PM – “Haridas Thakur”- Tamil Drama by Jahnava Mata Theatres 6PM – Sankirtan, Grand pushpa abhishekam & Sandhya Aarthi 8PM – Dinner Prasadam...Read more...
- AKSHAYA TRITIYA MAY 3, 2022 Akshaya Tritiya, one of the most important days in the Vedic calendar. It is regarded as one of the most auspicious days for new beginnings. This festival occurs on the third day (Tritiya) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Vaishakha every year. The word ‘Akshaya’ in Sanskrit means inexhaustible, that which is unlimited or everlasting. Thus this festival is a celebration of unending happiness, peace and prosperity. Akshaya Tritiya is the appearance day of Lord Parasurama, and it is also the day that the Ganges descended to the earth. Also Srila Vyasadeva, the great sage who is the literary incarnation of the Supreme Lord, started composing Mahabharata on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. The Pandavas received Akshaya Patra from the Sun God Most devotees know it as the beginning of Candana-yatra, but actually many of Lord Krishna’s other pastimes also took place on this day, specifically those which highlight Krishna’s generous and intimate reciprocation with his devotees. The very word Akshaya means “that which never diminishes”. Any service or charity one performs on this day will be paid back many times over. On this day, Sudama gave the Lord a tiny portion of chipped rice and was rewarded with untold opulence. Draupadi was protected by Krishna twice on this day, once when He provided her an unlimited sari at the dice game in return for a tiny piece of cloth, and later, when she needed to provide food for Durvasa muni, the Lord took a single grain from her pot and satisfied the hunger of all the sages. “If the devotee offers something to the Lord, it acts for his own interest because whatever a devotee offers the Lord comes back in a quantity a million times greater than what was offered. One does not become a loser by giving to the Lord; one becomes a gainer by millions of times.” Krsna Book Ch. 81, The Brahmana Sudama Blessed by Lord Krishna Dear devotees ,wellwishers Please consider taking advantage of this auspicious occasion by making a donation on this day. **We will perform 108 Tulasi arcana to Sri Lakshmi Nrsimhadev on behalf of all sponsors ,wellwishers abd devotees and also pray for their spiritual welfare. So, don’t lose this golden opportunity of performing sevas in iskcon on this auspicious Akshay tritiya.* DONATIONS Akshaya Tritiya 3rd may 2022Hare Krishna Transfer your donations to the following account: on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya 3rd may 2022 and get the blessings of Sri Radha Krishna Account Name: ISKCON Bank HDFC Bank Ltd., Branch: Akkarai, Chennai-600 119. Account No: 50100273116441 IFS CODE: HDFC0009077...Read more...
- Gaura Purnima festival celebration March 17 to 20 Let us all Come together👨👨👧👧👨👨👦👦 Sing together 🗣️ Dance together 💃🏼💃🏼 Honour prasadam together 🍛🍲🍚 at our temple on this auspicious festival🎊🎉 Program schedule: 17th March 2022 6.30 pm to 8.30pm – Adivas ceremony & Holika Dahan 18th March 2022 9am to 9pm – Kirtan mela 5:30pm – Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Abhishek am 6:15pm – class by HH Bhanu Swami Maharaj 7:00pm – Gaura Arathi 7:30 pm – Anukalpa Prasadam (Non-grain) 19th March 2022 5 pm – Group discussion by IYS girls 6pm – Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – Part 1 (Tamil Drama) by Śrīla Prabhupāda Theatres 20th March 2022 10am – Navadvip Quiz contest followed by Cooking contest ...Read more...
- ISKCON CHENNAI WISHES YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY PONGAL AND MAKKARA SANKRANTI JANUARY 14, 2022Makkara SankrantiIf we try to understand Makar Sankranti in word form, the word Makar has been taken from Makar Rashi. Sankranti means entering. According to our ancient texts and Vedic calculations, time calculation is of two types. The “Moon month Count” and “Solar Month Count” are based on the solar calendar. Sankranti means entering, the transition of the Sun, and the entry of the Sun, that is, the zodiac in which the Sun enters. It is called Makar Sankranti.Types of the Solar SolsticeBy the way, if seen, there are 12 types of Surya Sankranti, out of which four Mesh, Kark, Tula and Makar are prominent. The special significance of Makar Sankranti increases because the Sun God is Uttarayan on this day, that is, the journey of Lord Sun in the north direction. Before Sankranti, the Sun God is Dakshinayan. From the day of Sankranti, it travels in the north order, and this period is fixed for six months.Lord Shri Krishna has told about Uttarayan in the Bhagavad Gita that people leave their bodies for six months from the day of Makar Sankranti, and they go to the higher planets. And those who leave their body in Dakshinayana go to the lower planets. It is said that there is an exception to every rule, something like this here too. Whoever is a devotee of the Supreme Lord, he leaves his body. Then after leaving the body in the time of Uttarayan and Dakshinayana, he reaches the abode of the Supreme Lord only. Supreme Lord Sri Krishna has told in the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 Verse 5 :anta-kāle cha mām eva smaran muktvā kalevaram yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaṁ yāti nāstyatra sanśhayaḥIn this, the Supreme Lord has told that whoever remembers me the last time, that person attains my abode only. The rule of Uttarayana and Dakshinayana is there only till the person does not completely surrender to Supreme Lord.How does Makar Sankranti occur?When the Earth revolves around the Sun in one full year, it is called the Solar System. If we talk about the calculation of demigods, then this one year of ours is equal to 1 day. That is, the demigods in 1 day do this circumambulation. There are 12 hours in the day and 12 hours in the night in 1 day of the demigods. That is why from the day of Makar Sankranti, the day of the demigods starts for the coming six months. From the day of Makar Sankranti, the demigods take baths early in the morning. For this reason, on the day of Makar Sankranti, the importance of bathing, meditation and charity have been told. The day of Makar Sankranti is extraordinary, and all good work starts from the day of Makar Sankranti. Various dishes are prepared for this festival throughout India, and people also donate in large numbers. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the day of Makar Sankranti is also known as the Khichdi festival.Makar Sankranti Significance and CelebrationThe sun god is also worshipped on this day, and everyone donates rice dal khichdi to charity. After that, the khichdi is cooked and eaten. In Gujarat, in Rajasthan, kites are flown at the festival of Makar Sankranti. The celebration of Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh lasts for three days. In Tamil Nadu, this festival is known as Pongal because, in Tamil Nadu, people celebrate this family for ten days when the new crop is harvested, and here dal rice khichdi is cooked in ghee. In Maharashtra, make laddus of sesame and jaggery, give each other, and provide good wishes. In Assam, this festival is known as Megh Bihu, and in Punjab, this festival is celebrated one day before as Lohri. In West Bengal, the Ganga Sagar fair is held on the banks of the Hooghly River. The Maha Kumbh bath is also held because on this day, Ganga Maiya descended on Earth on the day of Makar Sankranti to save her ancestors behind Bhagirath. That is why bathing in Ganga Sagar is of great importance on the day of Makar Sankranti. As you all know that from the heart of Makar Sankranti, the time of change of season, the transition of time, and shift in crop starts. The Sun has a direct effect on all new crops from the heart of Makar Sankranti. That is why the auspicious Uttarayan begins by performing ablutions on the day of Makar Sankranti, which is similar in the world, like Jyoti, Deep Light, Sun, worship of all the demigods and all the good works that start from the day of Makar Sankranti. To please the Sun, people worldwide worship the Sun God according to their beliefs and celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti.Who is the Sun God?The most important fact here is that who this Sun God is. The answer to this has been told in our main book Brahma Samhita. The creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, suggests that the Lord of all the planets is the Sun God. Sun is like one eye of the Supreme Lord. The cycle of time moves according to the orders of the Sun God. Therefore, accept my obeisances to that Lord Shri Govind. That is, the Sun God does his work only according to the demands of the Supreme Lord Shri Govind. Have you ever seen such a time from your birth till the present that even for one day, the Sun God has not appeared to anyone? Lord Suryadev (Sun) has always done this work in his fixed time to set on time and rise on time. Surya Dev is always performing his duty and responsibility in the right way by illuminating this entire universe like a Karma Yogi. Surya is the disciple of Lord Shri Krishna to get his inner light and divine knowledge. For this, Lord Shri Krishna has also told Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 Text 1.imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ proktavān aham avyayam vivasvān manave prāha manur ikṣvākave ’bravītFirst of all, I had given this knowledge of Bhagavad Gita to the Sun God Vivasvan, in this way, on the day of Makar Sankranti, the right way to please the Sun God would be that we should also worship him, take refuge in them, whose shelter by the Sun God illuminates himself, that is Lord Sri Krishna Himself and the most accessible means of his lair in this Kaliyuga, is the Hare Krishna Mahamantra:-Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare HareSo all of you also chant this Maha-mantra to this holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and understand the true meaning of every festival and celebrate it and be happy always....Read more...
- Gita Jayanthi Dec 14 On this day, approx. 5000 years ago, on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, the Supreme Lord delivered the most confidential and topmost knowledge of devotional service to His lotus feet in the form of the Bhagavad-Gita to His dear most devotee Arjuna, and to humanity at large, in order to help all devotees understand the purpose of life and the way to surrender to Him. This day is also called Mokshada Ekadashi. As stated in the Gita-mahatmya, if one properly follows the instructions of Bhagavad-gita, one can be freed from all miseries and anxieties in this life, and one’s next life will be spiritual. Bhagavad-gita literally means the song of the Supreme Lord. It is the most widely known Vedic literature in the world. This year we are celebrating Gita Jayanti on December 14, 2021. Please avail this opportunity to distribute Vedic knowledge to the people at large at a discounted price. Iskcon chennai is offering a special discount this month Actual price os 250.00 rs and special discount price is 180.00...Read more...
- Bahulashtami The Appearance Day of Radha KundaBahulashtami – The Appearance Day of Radha Kunda Kartika month’s dark lunar fortnight’s eighth is known by the name BAHULASHTAMI. This day is quite special because this is also celebrated as Radhakund’s appearance day by people who live in Braj. Srila Rupa Goswami is one of the main out of all the six Gaudiya Vaishnava Goswamis in Vrindavan. He writes about the glory of Radhakund in his famous treatise called Upadesha Mrita. HOW AND WHEN RADHAKUND APPEARED? Mathura’s holy land is said to be the best from divine Vaikuntha Dham because at this place supreme Lord was incarnated. The divine forest of Sri Vrindavan is superior to Mathura because lord Krishna composed his Rasalila there. Govardhan Mountain is more superior to Vrindavan because lord Krishna lifted it from his divine hands and this place is one of his various romantic pastimes and amongst all these places the supreme place is Sri Radhakund because it is filled with the nectar of the love of Lord Krishna. Now, who will be that acumen to not be interested in serving this divine RadhaKund situated at the foothills of Govardhan Mountain? Radhakund appeared at midnight. Almost 5000 years ago from today, Kamsa used to send different demons to Vrindavan land to kill Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is a “Gwal Bal”. He is the son of the great king and Yashoda. He is loved by all the people of Braj. He is a supreme god.THE STORY OF LORD KRISHNA’S BRAVERY It is said that Lord Krishna before having his breakfast used to kill one demon every day which was sent by Kamsa. One time Kamsa sent a demon named Arishta to kill Lord Krishna to Braj. Arishta’s demon was in the form of a bull and he was appearing huge and frightening. He started creating a mess just after his arrival and as soon as he saw Lord Krishna, he attacked him. The Supreme Lord Krishna is the king of all the powers. Lord Krishna grabbed him by his horns and slammed him hard. The demon got tired and was dripping from all the sweat but still, he got up with courage and attacked lord Krishna and then again lord Krishna held him by his horns and slammed him hard on the surface and killed the demon this time. After killing the Arishta demon, Lord Krishna went to Govardhan Mountain to meet gopis. Sri Radha and all the Gopis jokingly said to lord Krishna that they cannot accompany him anymore because he has killed a bull and Bull is a symbol of religion. That is why he has sinned. And if they will accompany him they will also get infected by that sin. If he wants to cleanse himself from sin then he will have to take bath in the holy rivers of all the pilgrimages of this entire universe. To make his devotees happy. Lord Krishna said that he doesn’t have to go anywhere, and he will call all the pilgrimages here and by the will of Krishna, all the holy rivers appeared before the Lord and were ready to serve him. Then lord excavated a hole on the land with his heel and all the rivers in their liquid forms like Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Kaveri etc entered in that pool. Then Lord Krishna took a bath in that pool and after taking bath he said to all the Gopis that he is now clean by taking a bath in this pool but, you all took sides of that demon that is why you are all contaminated from the sin. You must take a bath in this pool to get cleaned from the sin. Gopis said that your pool has now been infected by the killing of that bull and that’s why we will not enter your pool but since we all accompanied you that is why we too have become corrupted by the conspiracy of killing the bull. We should also clean ourselves by taking a bath. -Efforts made by all the Gopis and Radha Then Princess Radha and all the Gopis saw a big hole made by one huge body part of arishtasur and then they all started digging the hole from their bangles, when it took a shape of a pool then all the Gopis from Mansi Ganga started pouring water from the pitchers into this pool by making a big line. When Krishna saw his other devotee’s gopis performing such a hard task he could not tolerate it. He called all the rivers and asked them to request Radharani, then all the holy rivers prayed personally to Radharani and begged for grace to let them provide help to all of them and let them fill water in the pool. Radharani then accepted the help and then the water from Shyam Kund went to Radha Kund. Thus, Radha Kund appeared. Srila Prabhupada, Who is the founder Acharya of ISKCON. He writes in the context of verse no. 10 of updeshamrita that Srimati Radharani is the supreme devotee of Lord Krishna and her kund Sri Radhakund is the holiest place. This is confirmed by an example from the Laghu Bhagavatamrta. Yatha radha priya visnos Yasyah kundan priyamantha Sarva gopian saivaika Visor atyanta Vallabha THE NEVER-ENDING LOVE OF LORD KRISHNA AND RADHA The way Radharani is loved by Lord Krishna. The place of her bath is also equally (Radhakund) loved by him. Out of all the Gopis, she is the one who is loved by the lord the most. After sometime when the lord went back to Vrindavan then Radhakund and Shyam Kund according to the wish of the Supreme Lord, became unacquainted. SRI CHAITANYA’S TALE After this, almost 500 years before, Lord Chaitanya appeared as the most merciful incarnation. Sri Chaitanya is Lord Krishna himself and in the spirit of Radharani. Lord Chaitanya & Radha-Krishna, are not different. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has appeared to establish Yuga dharma Harinama Sankirtana and to invoke the love of Radharani. When Chaitanya came to travel to Vrindavan then he discovered Radha Kund and Shyam Kund and at that time they were all known as the Gauri river and black river and were unacquainted with regular people. Later Raghunath Das Goswami excavated them and worshipped Radhakund. Goswamis have mentioned Radhakund’s mercy in many of their books. On the auspicious occasion of BAHULASHTAMI, the Radha Kund which is the liquid form of Radharani and is filled by the love of Lord Krishna, pray that our contaminated heart gets cleaned up, we all achieve the supreme love of Lord Krishna and we all join in divine loving service of Radha-Krishna. Sri Radha kunda ki Jai! Srila Prabhupada ki jai!...Read more...
ISKCON Chennai was primarily established to re-spiritualise society and reach out Vedic knowledge to all sections of society. To achieve this goal, ISKCON has programs suitable for different age groups. There are daily Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita discourses besides specially tailored courses for children, youth boys, youth girls, families and seminars. These programs are held all over the city in about a hundred centers.
Bhagavad-gita & Bhagavatam are the largest selling books all over the world. Open up the treasure house of Vedic knowledge by picking from our vast publication of books. We have a large collection of books for children too.Choose from our wide range of devotional gifts such as Krishna posters, picture frames, Krishna dolls, key chains, bags and traditional skirts and kurtis.
ISKCON Chennai’s Radha Krishna temple offers a very beautiful and peaceful environment for prayer and meditation. There are various facilities available here including a 700-seater capacity Sri Radha Krishna Kalyana Mandapam as well as a AC mini hall with a capacity of 150. These are used for our preaching programmes, seminars and cultural activities.
Enjoy varieties of Krishna prasadam at our open air and AC Restaurant. Open 10am-9pm, with cool drinks, chaat, tiffin and rice items as well as thaali. Special buffet on weekend evenings.The temple complex has a beautiful Air Conditioned Guest house, very well furnished, well maintained Rooms, hosts both devotee and prospective devotee guests from around the globe.
ISKCON has more than 500 centers all over the world. The Chennai chapter of ISKCON inaugurated the present gorgeous temple at Sholinganallur on April 26, 2012. It has a lot of unique features. Find the chakras that line the body of the temple-purusha on the steps, see the avatars of the Lord governing the eight directions in attractive glass paintings and more!
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder Acharya of ISKCON. He travelled to New York in 1965 at the age of 69, to spread the teachings of Lord Chaitanya. Srila Prabhupada visited Chennai in 1972 and 1975 and began the Chennai chapter of ISKCON. He specifically told his disciples to build a “gorgeous temple” in Chennai.
- Sunday Special
Special Events like bhajans, discourses, prasadam and special buffet lunch on all Sunday morning from 9:00am – 1:00pm
- Daily Seva Timings
The timings of the sevas offered to the deities are as follows:
4.30 am – Mangala arati followed by Hare Krishna mantra meditation (japa)
7.30 am – Srngara Arati followed by Srila Prabhuapda Guru Puja
8.00 am – Srimad Bhagavatam discourse in English (Darshan closed)
8.30 am – Dhoop Arati
12.00 Noon – Raj-bhog Offering. Darshan closes
12.30 pm – Raj-bhog Arati
1.15 pm – Darshan closes
4.00 pm – Darshan opens with Dhoop arati
6.15 pm – Darshan closed. Tulasi Puja
6.30 pm – Japa Meditation Session
7.00 pm – Gaura Sandhya Arati. On Saturday and Sunday, 6.45pm.
7.45 pm – Bhagavad Gita discourse
9.00 pm – Shayana Arati
9.15 pm – Deities rest. Darshan closed.