Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Krishna Janmashtami Celebration on 24th August 2008

On 24th August 2008 Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas with deep devotion.

A small Krishna-Gopal Murti was placed in a beautifully decorated cradle, surrounded by many deepas and flowers, in the Mandap of Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir, at the shrine of Balaji and Padmavati.

The Omkarananda Ashram Priests performed special Pujas for Krishna-Gopalji and celebrated His Birthday with powerful Bhajans and Kirtan. Many Devotees took part in this celebration.

As a part of the celebration, Kumari Somashekhari and her students, Neha and Pinky, performed devotional dances in the beautiful Temple, which were all dedicated to Lord Krishna.

After the dance-performances were completed, Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda, President, Omkarananda Ashram, warmly greeted and thanked all participants of this holy function.

With the assistance of Shri Sukumarji, Omkarananda Ashram Inmate and Trustee of the Omkarananda Charitable Trust, Swami Vishveshwarananda honoured the Priests, the Temple-Dancers and special guests and devotees with gifts and flowers.

Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda spoke a few words on Krishna Janmashtami and Lord Krishna, which were very inspiring and went deep into the hearts of all devotees.

Then a nice Arati was performed for Lord Krishna Gopalji by the Temple-Priests, in which all devotees took part.

No function is complete without Prasadam. This year the Prasadam was specially delicious and among different varieties of Prasad, all devotees could enjoy the favourite dish of Shri Krishna-Gopalji: wonderful fresh Butter with Sugar crystals, which was served to everybody in nice small earthen pots.

Om Shri Krishnaya Namah Om

Excerpt from the Speech by H.H. Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami, 24th August 2008 :

"Today is Krishna Jayanti. We should have the image of Krishna we should have the feeling of Krishna, not only on this very day, but we should always keep it in our hearts, so long and so strong, that we all are becoming conscious of Lord Krishna.

"Then, if that takes place, He will work through us, He will speak through us, He will protect us.

"But when we are turning away from Him, how He can help us?

"He is always here. He is always in our front. He is always ready to help us.

"We just have to open ourselves."

Swami Vishveshwarananda