Vrindavan

Devotees Visit Vrindavan to Usher In the New Year

Hare Krishna and Radhe Radhe were the echoing notes of Vrindavan on the eve of New Year!

For millions who decided to visit Vrindavan on 31st December 2017, living Blissfully was the guiding spirit that led them to the New Year.

Vrindavan and the other towns of Vraj witnessed an overwhelming number of people as the year drew to a close. Although Sri Banke Bihari temple attracted the most amount of crowd, the other temples too welcomed an exceptional number of devotees as well. The temples were decorated and the idols adorned for the special occasion. Apart from visiting the temples and performing Giriraj Parikrama in Govardhan, many decided to welcome 2018 with a Mangala Arati performed before the sunrise.

The number of devotees visiting Vrindavan on the New Year ’s Eve saw a major upsurge and thousands of them were seen wandering from one hotel to another, trying to find a room, only to find that almost every hotel was fully booked.

Police were deployed to create a one way flow of tourists around Sri Banke Bihari temple. Fortunately, there were no major incidents, but thousands got stuck when trying to leave the temple and had to struggle their way through crowds of people trying to force their way into the exits.

This year’s celebration was unique in more than one way. Youngsters enthusiastically participated in Vrindavan’s New Year celebration. With bhajans and divine melodies, selfies and special events, Vraj Bhumi transformed into a melting pot of myriad cultures with the unfaltering love for Krishna running as the connecting thread, binding every aspect together.

In an article titled “New Year’s Resolutions”, Giriraj Swami writes, “Most resolutions take the form of “do’s”—things I resolve to do—and “don’ts”—things I resolve to not do. And Vedic wisdom tells us that all do’s and don’ts should support one main do—always remember Krishna (God)—and one main don’t—never forget Him.”

As stated in The Mathura Mahatmya “All sins accumulated through innumerable births can be destroyed in a second by staying in Vrindavan even for one day”; we would love to hear from you to share about our living spaces located right at the feet of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

Live Blessed!

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Oxygen for body, mind & soul: Krishna Bhumi, your gateway to well being

Once in a lifetime, you come across a residential development with such a rare mix of facilities, amenities and location that it acts as oxygen for the body, the mind and the soul. Krishna Bhumi by Infinity, is one such project!

Located on Chhatikara Road, in the heart of the holy locale of Vrindavan, Krishna Bhumi is a township that brings modern day lifestyle and the leelas of Lord Krishna together with effortless ease. A home in this township is sure to change your life forever. Here’s how.

There are many unique points to Krishna Bhumi which will make you look at the project as your permanent home or your weekend getaway. But perhaps the most captivating fact about Krishna Bhumi is that it is coming up right next door to the world’s tallest Krishna temple, the proposed Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. Upon completion, this spiritual mega structure will stand 710 ft tall. And with a home in Krishna Bhumi, this skyscraper temple will be the first thing you see every morning. Just imagine waking up to the sight of a majestic temple outside your window, accompanied by temple bells and ‘Hare Krishna’ chants while the sun is rising!

The allures and enchantments of Krishna Bhumi do not end here. As a resident of this township, you will avail complimentary separate access to the temple at all times. You will also be able to perform a puja at the temple once in a year, on a day of your choosing. What’s more? During festivals and special occasions, there will be a dedicated queue to the temple just for you and other residents of Krishna Bhumi. You will be a V.I.P at the temple, always. And why limit yourself only to the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir? With the special A.C coach service offered by Krishna Bhumi, you can take a tour of the other temples of Vrindavan as well!

The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will acquire 5 acres of land, and in those 5 acres, there will also be a Krishna Leela Theme Park and the 12 recreated forests of Vrindavan. With all these wonders, you will not only be entertaining yourself but also your little ones, who will have fun and at the same time, learn about Lord Krishna and his leelas. Is there a better way to teach your children about majesty of Lord Krishna than this?

And inside the gates of Krishna Bhumi, you will find every facility and amenity you need to lead a modern day lifestyle. There is an in house club with a gymnasium, a swimming pool and all other things that a club offers. There will be an ayurvedic spa so that you can relax and rejuvenate after a tiring day or week. There will be a multi cuisine food court so that so you taste something new every time. And of course, at Krishna Bhumi, your elders will be treated like they were our own. We will have a dedicated diagnostic and medical centre on the premises for the senior members of your family with doctors and nurses on call 24×7.

And of course, along with all of this, we haven’t forgotten your daily basic needs. That is why, we have a daily convenience store and ATM within our gates. So choose your home in Krishna Bhumi among the studio, 1, 2 and 3BHK apartments that are available at Govardhan Vas and give your mind, body and soul the oxygen that it needs. Choose Krishna Bhumi. Call us on 9696968899 or visit us on www.krishnabhumi.in. You can also like our Facebook page and keep in touch with us.

Jai Shri Krishna!

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Bhagavad Gita Commentary

Continuing in our journey to revisit the saga of Lord Krishna, let us today study closely this verse from the great Bhagavad Gita.

अस्माकं तु विशिष्टा ये तान्निबोध द्विजोत्तम |
नायका मम सैन्यस्य संज्ञार्थं तान्ब्रवीमि ते ||

Chapter 1, verse 7:

O best of Brahmins, hear too about the principal generals on our side, who are especially qualified to lead. These I now recount unto you.

Commentary:

Dronacharya was the commander in chief of the Kaurava army and Duryodhan, in this verse, addresses him as ‘dwijottam’, or the best amongst the Brahmins. He chose this word deliberately to address his teacher. The reason for this was that Dronacharya was not really a warrior by profession; he was a teacher of military science. Duryodhan, due to his deceitful nature, thought that Dronacharya might be like him too and would not fight against the Pandavas with full force. Therefore he used flattery to bring a positive response from the Acharya and in the process he betrayed his real scepticism.

Doubting the loyalty of Dronacharya, Duryodhan calls him ‘dwijottam’, reminding him that if he did not fight to the fullest in the field, he would be nothing more than a greedy Brahmin, enjoying the pleasures of the palace of Duryodhan.

Having demeaned Dronacharya to his heart’s desire, Duryodhan now looked to boost his own morale as well as that of his teacher. He therefore, started recounting the fact that his army was filled with such great generals leading whom would be a great achievement for Dronacharya.

The above explanation of the verse shows Duryodhan’s manipulative thinking wherein he addresses his childhood Guru in a tone of misplaced pride which is highly arrogant.  Ultimately this false ego of Duryodhan’s led to his downfall in the Mahabharata.

Annakut celebrations 2017

A “mountain of food” for Shri Radha-Madhav Ji at Jaipur Mandir

The Annakut festival was celebrated throughout Braj with much grandeur as it is considered a very important festival. Ages ago, on this day, Lord Krishna had lifted the Govardhan Hill on his little finger and saved the people from the tirade of rain and thunder being directed their way by Lord Indra, thus defeating Lord Indra. During this festival, literally mountains of food are offered to Shri Krishna in the form of Govardhan Hill. It is believed that Govardhan Maharaj always accepts offerings of food made to him at any point of time. Therefore, many temples are continuing to offer huge amounts of food as a kind of extended “Annakut” until Kartik Purnima, which will be celebrated on the 4th of November this year. One such “extended” Annakut festival was celebrated recently at the Shri Radha-Madhav temple, also known as Jaipur Mandir.

The festival, which was organized by the government of Rajasthan, featured an offering of 56 different types of food (chhappan bhog).  In the evening, a bhajan sandhya was held, with songs depicting Shri Radha and Krishna’s leela A true jewel of Vrindavan, the Jaipur Mandir is under the care of the Rajasthan Devasthan Vibhag. Located on the Mathura Road, the grand sandstone temple was built by the king of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. Jaipur Mandir recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The RDV plans to develop the temple grounds, including increased greenery and offering Rajasthani cultural items for purchase. The department has also expressed hope that the temple may one day be named a World Heritage Site.

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ISKCON Vrindavan holds Jagannath Ratha Yatra during Kartik

Puri’s Ratha Yatra is a spectacle to watch and participate in for Krishna devotees from all over India and abroad. Recently, people in Vrindavan witnessed a similar grand procession in the holy month of Kartik. As is well known, Ratha Yatra is an ancient festival of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa. This year the Rath Yatra in Puri was charged with much spiritual excitement. The reason for this was that this year was the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra, where Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra were given a new avatar after a span of 19 years! Today, Ratha Yatra is celebrated by ISKCON devotees in countries around the world.

On the cherished day, in Vrindavan, after maha-abhishek and aarti in the morning, Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra Devi were seated on a float and taken on a tour of the city. ISKCON devotees danced and sang the Holy Name, while others swept the streets in front of the carts, making sure they sparkled before the Lord passed by on his chariot. The ladies of the temple made rangoli designs on the streets to welcome him. Devotees from all over the world, who were visiting Vrindavan for Kartik, attended the function. Beginning at Shri Krishna Sharanam on Chhatikara road, the procession passed by Prem Mandir, ISKCON, Vidyapeeth Chaurah and Atalla Chungi before returning to ISKCON via the Parikrama Marg. While the holy chariot moved through the various lanes of the temple town, it was a grand sight to behold as the purity and holiness poured into hearts of people around.