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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rath Yatra 2013 at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

The Vrindavan Times reports on the amazing Radha Rani Rath Yatra at Radha Madhav Dham, the US Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Also read a report on the Radha Madhav Dham youth camp here.

Radha Krishna Leela performed by Radha Madhav Dham youth

Vrindavan, July 20th 2013: No words could explain the sheer wave of Divinity that exuded during the Raseshwari Radha Rani Rath Yatra at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin, USA. Saturated in the bliss of devotion, devotees led Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani on a grand chariot procession throughout the property of Radha Madhav Dham, the main ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in America. The path of the procession was replete with lively, vivid, bewitching leela performances by the Radha Madhav Dham youth which thrilled all the devotees to their very core. The grand and historic event was blessed by the presence of all the preachers of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, the mission of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, who preach in America and was a profound day in the lives of all who attended. The yearly event has become a definitive spiritual event for Radha Krishna devotees in USA and is to Radha Madhav Dham what Jagannath Rath Yatra is to Jagannath Temple in Orissa, India.

One of the most amazing aspects of the procession was the presence of a realistic Krishna, who was so captivating and divinely inspired in His looks, composure and mannerisms as to leave many devotees wondering if in fact Krishna Himself was present. A favourite moment of all was when Krishna danced and did agwani (fanning) to Radha Rani on the chariot! It was exquisite. It was as if Golok Dham itself had descended, and every plant, every tree, the surroundings and every thing was made Divine. Anyone can view the pictures or videos, but the feelings in the hearts and minds of the devotees is known only to those who were there. One can only make a guess from the expressions on the faces of the devotees.

As the Queen of Braj Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani was taken, slowly along the procession route, She was surrounded by ecstatic devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj who were chanting and dancing and clapping and playing musical instruments of all hues, tones and timbres and there were short stops at the various holy places of Radha Madhav Dham. These holy spots are actual replicas of all the main holy places of Braj and Vrindavan such as Govardhan, Radha Kund, Prem Sarovar, Shyam Kuti, Man Mandir and Mor Kuti. At these places, there was the chance to do aarti to Radha Rani and relish in the bliss of realistic Radha Krishna leelas such as boating leela, jhulan leelan and more, which shattered the wits of the devotees in their love for Radha Krishna and gave them a true understanding of the meaning of the word 'Balihar'. Devotees especially loved how the hot sun was blocked with a cloud every time they stopped to do the aarti. It was nothing but Radha Rani's grace.

Radha Madhav Dham is the Divine nucleus of Radha Krishna devotion and the true confluence of Saints and devotees in the western world and one of the most amazing scenes was to see all the main preachers of Radha Krishna devotion in the West together for such a monumental occasion. They presented lectures illustrating the real meaning of Rath Yatra and other amazing devotional topics. They chanted and danced and radiated divine love in all directions from their very beings and inspired the masses who had come there in the hopes to experience the true love of Radha Rani in their lives. There was Sushree Braj Banchari Devi, Sushree Siddheshwari Devi, Sushree Gopeshwari Devi, Swami Mukundananda, Swami Maheshwaranand, Sushree Diwakari Devi, Swami Nikhilanand and Sushree Rameshwari Devi.

Whatever was experienced on Radha Rani Rath Yatra day is available 365 days a year at Radha Madhav Dham. Satsang, darshan of the deities, devotional lectures are held every day, with a special community satsang held on Sundays. To truly get into the spirit of Radha Krishna devotion and to develop a firm foundation on your path, the serious spiritual seeker is highly recommended to avail of Radha Madhav Dham's overnight facilities and spend some time there. The chance to immerse oneself in sadhana, seva and simple ashram living is an incomparable opportunity to establish a firm foundation in one's spiritual life and make great strides on one's path.

Everything that happens to us in life, whether good or bad, is governed by our destiny and you only get what you deserve whether with respect to your family life, career, social endevours or relationships. But what we choose for ourselves spiritually is far beyond the field of good and bad destiny as it directly relates to our original Divine relationship with God. Anyone, at any stage in their life, whether lucky or unlucky in all other respects, whether good or bad, whether intelligent or foolish can gain a tangible experience of Divine Love Consciousness, of Radha Krishna love, as long as they approach Her with sincerity, humility, simple heart and mind, faith, dedication, perseverance, continuity (staying devoted to Her for your entire life) and gaining true understanding of the devotional philosophy. Radha Madhav Dham, being uniquely of the Rasik tradition, the raganuga tradition of the ancient ashrams of Vrindavan, and the only ashram of 5th Jagadguru of this age Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in the west, is the only ashram in the western world where you can get all this. A few glimpses of the Rath Yatra celebration are available below. Make your accommodation booking now at http://RadhaMadhavDham.org/accommodations


Divine visions such as this beautified the path of the grand chariot procession to give devotees maximum experience of Divine Love
Devotees gathered at Prem Sarovar during the chariot procession to watch a boating leela of Radha Krishna
Radha Krishna boating leela scene

Senior preachers of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj watching the leela performances at Radha Madhav Dham

Radha Rani Rath Yatra celebration at Radha Madhav Dham
Senior preachers of Radha Krishna devotion in the America took center stage in the Radha Madhav Dham temple hall

Rath Yatra, the grand chariot procession of Radha Rani at Radha Madhav Dham
A Divine scene of Radha Krishna with Gopis played by the Radha Madhav Dham youth
Devotees dancing and chanting in ecstacy while leading the chariot of Radha Rani during the Rath Yatra at Radha Madhav Dham
Shree Krishna dancing in front of the chariot of Radha Rani

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