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|Updated June 14, 2001||
Note: Thursday Evening Programs now start at 6:00 p.m.!!
Initiation to be held at The Krishna House on June 21st
On Thursday, June 21st, a very dear devotee and member of the Columbus Yatra, Bhaktin Tijana, will be taking initiation.
The initiating swami is her chosen guru, His Holiness Sridhar Swami. He will be joining us at the Columbus Temple for this special ceremony and will be performing the fire sacrifice that will accompany her initiation. Also as part of the program, there will be kirtans, bhajans, and a prasadam feast served after the festivities.
This special event will be held as part of the regular Thursday evening program and will begin at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for this wonderful celebration!
Look for the Krishna House Devotees at Comfest 2001!
Comfest, or Community Festival, is one of the largest community gatherings in the city in Columbus. This annual event attracts thousands from Central Ohio to experience three days of music, food, and fun.
Comfest is held from Friday, June 22 though Sunday, June 24th in Goodale Park, which is just north of downtown Columbus. Times of the festival are generally from 12:00 noon until midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more exact information on Comfest please visit their website at www.comfest.com.
The devotees will have a booth available at Comfest for distribution of books and Krishna Conscious materials. They may also be chanting in the park. If you are down at Comfest, stop by and say Hare Krishna! If you would like to assist in the booth or would like to join us, please call the temple at 614 421-1661.
Krishna House devotees attend New York City Ratha Yatra, June 9th
On June 9th, devotees from all over the United States attended the New York City Ratha Yatra, one of the largest Ratha Yatras in the country. About 15 devotees and congregational members of the Columbus temple made the trip from Ohio to New York for this annual event. Devotees pulled the carts of Balarama, Subhadra, and Jagannatha from 59th Street for 50 blocks through the heart of Manhattan travelling straight down 5th Avenue. They chanted, danced, and had ecstatic kirtans all the way to Washington Square Park where the Festival of India was being held. The Festival of India had many events including traditional Indian dances, prasadam distribution, book and devotional merchandise sales, and information about Krishna Consciousness.
The next day, devotees held a special program in Tompkins Square Park under the tree that Srila Prabhupada chanted under. They held kirtans for hours and answered the questions of the curious. Prasadam was distributed out of the 26 Second Avenue temple where Srila Prabhupada used to give lectures to his first disciples. That evening, devotees traveled to the Brooklyn Temple for ecstatic kirtans and an incredible program. The Deities, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, wore a new outfit for the occasion.
The Festival of India travels all over the United States making appearances. They may be coming soon to a city near you, so be certain to check the Festival of India website for information.
H.H. Radhanatha Swami visits Krishna House May 24th
On May 24th, the Krishna House was honored by the presence of two very special guests, His Holiness Radhanatha Swami and His Holiness Candramauli Swami.
There was virtually no room left but standing room at the Columbus Krishna House as Radhanatha Swami led the entire congregation in ecstatic kirtans. Many devotees traveled to see and hear His Holiness discuss the transcendental pastimes of Lord Krishna. Right before the feast, H.H. Radhanatha Swami lead another wonderful kirtan. His Holiness then stayed in Columbus to have darshan with the devotees on Friday. Now his busy schedule takes him all over the country where many devotees wait eagerly for his arrival. Most likely we will have the honor of Radhanatha Swami's presence at the New York City Ratha Yatra.
We certainly hope Radhanatha Swami will again be joining us at the Krishna House. We'll keep you posted!
Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day Celebrated in Columbus and New Vrindavan
On Sunday, May 6th, the Krishna House celebrated the Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. The program featured Nrsimha prayers, huge kirtans, the telling of the Pastimes of Lord Nrsimha, and a huge prasadam feast.
However, a good portion of our congregation traveled to New Vrindavan for the Appearance Day festival there. The New Vrindavan youth presented a short skit of the story of Lord Nrsimhadeva and Kripamaya presented the story of Nrsimhadeva along with music. The Lord then made His appearance with flashing lights and smoke pouring out of the altar. Click here to see Nrsimhadeva on His Appearance Day. He was presented with tons of special prasadam, which was later auctioned off along with an article of His clothing. Devotees had the opportunity to bathe His feet as an incredible kirtan went on and on. The festival concluded with a huge maha feast.
For more information on Lord Nrsimhadeva, there is a wonderful site dedicated to Him at http://www.nrsimha.com that tells the story of Nrsimhadeva. You can also have darshan and link to other great sites about Nrsimhadeva. There is also Nrsimha darshan here on this site.
1 Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi (fast from all food and water) 2 Panihati Chda-dahi Festival 5 Snana-yatra. Disappearance of Mukunda Datta and Srihara Pandita 6 Disappearance of Syamananda Pandita 10 Appearance of Vakresvara Pandita 16 Disappearance of Srinasa Pandita 17 Yogini Ekadasi (fast from grains and beans) 20 Disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Gadahara Pandita (fast until noon) 21 Gundica Manjana 22 First Ratha-yatra in West held by Sril Prabhupada in San Francisco, 1967. Ratha-yatra in Puri. Disappearance of Svarupa Damodara Gosvami and Sivananda Sena 26 Disappearance of Vakresvara Pandita
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare