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Monday, April 1, 2013

“Legitimately the greatest day of my life so far” - Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham wows over 3000 devotees and visitors

Celebration of Holi by the devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in America

More than three thousand devotees and visitors from all around Austin attended the Holi 2013 celebration at Radha Madhav Dham on Saturday, March 30th 2013. The riveting event was live-streamed online and many people were fortunate to watch all of it! The celebrations at Radha Madhav Dham are one of the best that are celebrated in all the different temples in the United States. Radha Madhav Dham's devotional philosophy is of the highest class and the Holi festival incorporates the spiritual and meditative dimensions, which have been lost in many cases. But even the cultural and social aspects of it's festival are unmatched in the Americas. This is the Braj Holi tradition of which Radha Madhav Dham is part of. The opportunity to watch it being live streamed was a unique grace of Radha Rani. It began with soulful chanting of Holi songs of Braj, revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, followed by arti to Radha Krishna and Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Afterwards, Shree Swami Nikhilanand ji gave his yearly Holi address. The actual Holi event began with a re-enactment of an original Holi leela of Krishna and His friends; then everyone else joined in. The amazing thing about Holi is that it's the only celebration in which everyone gets to be part of an actual re-enactment of a leela of God. All year round we meditate on any of God's leelas, even holi leela, but on this day we feel like we are participating in physical Holi play, which Radha Krishna used to perform thousands of years ago in Braj. I think Holi could adequately be seen as meditation-in-motion. With the blessings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, this feeling is brought to its climax at Radha Madhav Dham with the aid of leela performances by devotee kids during the Holi event. The most amazing part was when little Krishna Himself was standing on a raised platform in the center of the maharas mandal and everyone was exchanging Holi gestures with Him, such as smearing colored powder on each other's faces. I think the day was summed up best by Bina, a Radha Madhav Dham teen from Austin and devotee of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj who commented:

“Legitimately the greatest day of my life so far. Such a blessed weekend and wonderful way to bring in the spring season.”

But, as they say, a picture paints a thousand words so here goes:


Devotee of Radha Madhav celebrated Holi 2013 with great delight
The whole atmosphere at Radha Madhav Dham became saturated in the colors of the festivities
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 with great delight
Devotees of Radha Krishna, young and old devotees, enjoyed the day

Shree Maharajji's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham
Everyone was dancing, singing and throwing colors to the beat of the live band

Kripaluji Maharaj's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham
Holi Hai!
Immersed in all that Holi has to offer! 
Kripaluji Maharaj's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham
Fun, fun, fun!
Krishna arrived at the center of the Holi play, to the sweet joy of everyone present

Face of Holi
Kripaluji Maharaj's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham
Holi at Radha Madhav Dham is a time for family and friends to get together and share in the magic of Holi

Kripaluji Maharaj's devotees celebrated Holi 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham
Red from head to toe

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Little ones and big ones together sharing in the joy

Magnificent singing of Holi bhajans revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj by Janvi and band

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Ho! Ho! Ho! Holi Hai!

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
The Holi 2013 address of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj disciple, Swami Nikhilanand enthralled everyone

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
The sadhana hall of Radha Madhav Dham was packed, and everyone sat in pindrop silence to hear Shree Swamiji's amazing Holi 2013 message

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
No generation gap here
Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Everything turned red in the color of Krishna love

Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Shree Swamiji bringing Holi joy to devotees
Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Shree Swamiji leading the band in Holi 2013 kirtans of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Holi at Radha Madhav Dham USA with Shree Maharajji's devotees
Shree Swamiji enjoying the Holi festivities!

1 comment:

JourneyMart said...

It is good to see the attractions of Holi Festival in Braj. It is the festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil by burning holy bon-fires a night before.