The entire world celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. At ISKCON Jabalpur, the arrangements for the festival start well ahead. ISKCON Jabalpur celebrates this festival with great pomp and jubilance for two consecutive days. The entire temple is cleaned and decorated. Electricians perch themselves at various places to hook up the lights which will dazzle the onlookers. The temple hall is decorated with flowers and festoons. Truckloads of vegetables, grains, and fruits arrive at the kitchen. Numerous people are engaged in various culinary activities.
One of the specialties of Janmashtami is the offerings made to the Lord. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is offered 108 delicacies, prepared by the devotees with great care and attention. Additionally lot of sweet prasadam is distributed to all the visitors who throng the temple on this most auspicious day to have darshan of Krishna.
In another part of the temple, various types of brass lamps used for worship of the Lord are polished to a perfect shine. With great reverence, devotees prepare for the ceremonial bathing(abhishek) of the Lord. Kalashas are decorated with artistically wound threads and filled with water. The water is sanctified with items like cloves, cardamom, saffron, tulasi, and rose petals. The Supreme Lord is invoked into the water.
Various arrangements are made to take care of the necessities of the hundreds of pilgrims who visit the temple on this day and next day(Nandoutsav).The festival finally culminates into the grand ceremonial bathing of the Lord at the stroke of midnight. The Deities of Sri Radha Krishna are anointed with fragrant oils and are bathed with auspicious items like milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sweet water, and fresh juices. They are then smeared with turmeric paste and bathed in Ganges water. Varieties of flowers are showered until the Deities are submerged in the soft bed of flowers.
Also very divine heavenly Kirtan of Hare Krishna Mahamantra is performed of devotee groups. At the same time cultural events and competitions are also there. Every year there is a big pandal and stage for cultural events and beautiful dioramas depicting Lord Krishna’s pastimes. So, the total approximate predicted budget for the grand celebrations goes in Lakhs. It’s a great challenge for devotees to meet the expenses involved. Therefore very small amount as donation is expected. Though it is not compulsory i.e. completely optional. Donation is not important your trust is important. We are committed to provide good hospitality to every visitor during your visit to temple. Please do not miss this annual opportunity
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