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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Austin kids preparing for Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


Krishna Janmashtami 2014 will take place at Radha Madhav Dham Austin, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 from 5pm – midnight

Austin, Texas (The Vrindavan Times News): The excitement is building up in Austin Texas as kids and their parents from all over Austin are finalizing their costume ideas for Krishna Janmashtami 2014. Austin Texas is renowned as it will be hosting one of the largest Krishna Janmashtami 2014 events in America, which is held at Radha Madhav Dham. Indeed, Krishna Janmashatmi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin has even been featured in a number of books, and author Mark Busby writes in The Southwest, part of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures series of books,

Just outside Austin, the [Radha Madhav Dham] Hindu Temple is now home to one of the biggest Janmashtami celebrations in North America

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 costume contest creating a stir in Austin at Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj's ashram creating a stir in Austin

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


One of the innovative and creative features of the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 Kids Costume Contest. Kids can dress up in any character from Lord Krishna’s descension period of 125 years -

…from Baby Krishna’s period in Braj where he did so many loving pastimes
…from the period when Krishna went to Mathura to free his parents from King Kans
…or, from the time when Krishna ruled as the King of Dwarika during the period of Mahabharat

Kids are invited to be as creative as they like… be Radha, Krishna, be a Gopi, or dress up as a cow, flute, peacock feather. The idea for the contest came from the aim to get kids in Austin into the spirit of Krishna Janmashtami 2014 and give them devotional memories of this special day. All participating kids will win prizes; but there will also be special prizes for the contest winners. Another exciting feature of the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 celebration in Austin is that kids will “meet” Saints & Gods from Krishna Avatar who will relay inspiring stories of Krishna.

Something for everyone at Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in Austin Texas

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham


The Krishna Janmashtami 2014 costume contest is just one small part of an exciting lineup of devotional programs throughout the evening. There is something for everyone at an event which is a year shy of one quarter century in the running. A highlight is the abhishek and jhulan (swinging) ceremony of baby Krishna where everyone will get a chance to push baby Krishna on a beautiful, and lavishly decorated swing during his birthday celebration 2014. There will also be ecstatic chanting of Krishna Janmashtami kirtans and bhajans during the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 kirtan program inside the beautiful Radha Madhav Dham temple. Another highlight for many is a special arti to baby Krishna at midnight. An out-of-this world sumptuous vegetarian feast will be served to all during the program. The full lineup of events according to Radha Madhav Dham website and the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page is as follows:

Outdoors program
  • 5:00pm – Mahaprasad served in the Dining hall
  • 5:30pm – Kids Activity and Food Booths Open
  • 7:00pm – Special Kids Program on Outdoor Stage
    (Kids will meet Saints & Gods from Krishna Avatar to hear stories of Krishna)
  • 7:30pm – Kids Costume Contest begins – see below for more information
    (Prizes for all participating kids and special prizes for the contest winners)
  • 8:15pm – Kids Outdoor Program concludes
Indoors Program
  • 6:00pm: Chanting inside temple begins
  • 7:15pm: Special discourse on Krishna Janmashtmi 2014
  • 7:45pm: Abhishek & Swinging of Lord Krishna
  • 8:15pm: Bal Krishna themed dances & leela performances
  • 9:30pm: Chanting inside prayer hall continues
  • 12:00am: Sing Arti to Baby Krishna at Midnight
Krishna Janmashtami at Radha Madhav Dham, the USA Ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is especially well-liked for bringing out the original devotional mood of the occasion, similar to Braj-style Janmashtami celebrations; and also being fun for everyone, while giving everyone the chance to also learn the philosophy and real meaning of Krishna Janmashtami from a preacher who has studied the Hindu scriptures in depth.

Everyone who is planning to attend Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in Austin is request to JOIN the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page on facebook and invite others, and not to forget to bring your kids is costume! 

The most important part of Krishna Janmashtami 2014, according to one Radha Madhav Dham spokesperson, a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, is to make it your own, and create your own memories with Krishna that will last a lifetime.

Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's  ashram, Radha Madhav Dham
Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's
ashram, Radha Madhav Dham

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