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Monday, October 17, 2011

Glimpses of Rath Yatra and Anup Jalota Concert at Radha Madhav Dham - Part 1

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Click here to view part 2 of this post. The Austin community came out in large numbers to attend the special Anup Jalota benefit concert at Radha Madhav Dham and to participate in the Rath Yatra/Sharat Poornima celebration. The temple satsang hall was packed to capacity for Anup Jalota's enthralling concert. Sushree Diwakari Didi, Sushree Braj Banchary Didi and Swami Nikhilanand did arti to Shree Rasheshwari Radha Rani in front of the temple. Inside the temple, Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota delighted the audience with the spell-binding bhajans of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, Mirabai etc. and Sushree Braj Banchary Didi mesmerized all the devotees and visitors with her special Sharat Poornima discourse. Here are some glimpses of the incredible occasion. More pictures to come. The next important event is Divali with Swami Mukundananda, senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, on Oct 29th.

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So on this most auspicious and important day, we began the celebration with bhajans on the Temple steps as we wait with great anticipation to welcome Shree Radha Rani magnificently enthroned on Her beautifully garlanded chariot for the Rath Yatra (रथ यात्रा). Thousands of flowers and petals shower down as we did the arti to Shree Radha Rani. With the blowing conches, singing and dancing, the procession began on a lovely path through Radha Madhav Dham accompanied by continuous nam sankirtan. After a break at Shyam Kuti, we continued back to the Temple for arti, a discourse and more devotional bhajans as well as a special darshan of the Deities in the shrine. After lunch prasad, we met again in the Temple for a magnificent cultural program of dancing and Radha Krishn leelas.

The Rath Yatra is a long standing tradition of Radha Madhav Dham not seen anywhere else in the West. The Divine vibration at Radha Madhav Dham Ashram is palpable and the personal benefit was immense to everyone who came and availed themselves of its serenity, beauty and wonder for the whole week.

To make this year's Rath Yatra celebrations even more joyous and devotional, Radha Madhav Dham temple, Austin, brought us the legendary Bhajan Samrat of India, Anup Jalota. The beautiful bhajans of Radha Krishn, sung by Anup Jalota in his melodious voice, performed inside the Divine temple of Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani was a spellbinding combination that touched our heart with devotional vibrations and brought us closer to Radha Krishn. Anup Jalota personally joined the Saturday morning Rath Yatra chariot procession.

Braj Banchary Didi, senior disciple of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, gave a special discourse and led kirtan during the program inside the temple at noon, followed by lunch prasad at 1 pm.

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