JANMASTAMI 2017 (Click for more)

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Hindus of Greater Houston & ISKCON of Houston celebrate Krishna Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) at the ISKCON’s state of the art temple at 1320 West 34th St. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 6 pm till midnight.

The event is free and open to all; and presents a perfect opportunity to invite neighbors and colleagues to showcase the rich Hindu culture which contributes to the diversity of Houston. The two organizations have planned special programs for all ages to make this event a grand success and enjoyable for everyone: sing & dance till midnight, experience a high without alcohol or drugs.

The evening encompasses two parallel tracks: a cultural program in the Gauranga Community Hall and continuous kirtan (chanting of the Holy Names of God in a call and response fashion) in the temple building.  The cultural program commences with a costume contest for children followed by a cultural program presented by many different Indian dance schools and a play by ISKCON youth.

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In the temple, which is traditionally decorated with a multitude of fresh flowers, there will be kirtan, spectacular darshan of the Lord, 3 aartis (worship ceremonies) at 7:00, 9:00 & midnight and a discourse on the import of Janmashtami. The midnight aarti draws more than 1000 people who chant & dance ecstatically to welcome the Lord dressed in His new outfit. Guided tours of the temple will be available.

In addition, there are opportunities to perform abhishek (ceremonial bathing of the Deity), jhulan (swinging the Lord), guided mantra meditation around the sacred basil (tulsi) plant, anointing with tilak (sacred clay) and children’s activities. Vendors will offer literature & other items. Nila Madhava’s Boutique in the temple building offers a glimpse of India with musical instruments & CDs, art, clothing, jewelry, books & a variety of Indian snacks.

The delicious free vegetarian dinner is always an attraction. Attendees can also visit Govinda’s, ISKCON’s vegetarian restaurant serving delicious mouthwatering food.

A special attraction is go puja– ritualistic worship of Mangala, the cow, recently acquired by ISKCON, portraying Hindus reverence for all life and especially for the cow who is revered as mother since she supplies sustenance for the early years of one’s life.

This celebration is brought to you by Hindus of Greater Houston & ISKCON of Houston.

Parking: Northwest Mall (near Highway 290 and North Loop). Free shuttle service will bring you and take you back to your parking location. There will be no parking available at the ISKCON of Houston temple this year.

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