Janmashtami Celebrated at Hindu Mandir of Lake County
GRAYSLAKE, IL- An annual festival of birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, was celebrated by hundreds of devotees throughout the day by observing fasting, specials pujas, Archana’s with great fervor and zeal on the Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL.
Young children who dressed up as young Lord Krishna and Radha Rani in the parking lot of the temple, breaking of Dahi Handi which was filled with candies by the children in two places, presentation of dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna and recitation of chapter 11 and 12 of Bhagvad Gita by the young children, singing of devotional Bhajan by Athul Soni, Sangeetha Singh, and Rita Patel, and the performance of periodic Archanas throughout the day with the chanting of powerful Vedic mantras.
The main Krishna Janmashtami program began with the Sponsor Sankalpam of Urmila, Magan Bhai and Family followed by Lord Ganesh Pujan, Abhishekam and Alankaram of Baby Krishna by Pt Anil Joshi Ji and Pt. Ganesh Ji. Vedic Mantrams were chanted very fluently by priest Yogesh Pandey. Then, Baby Krishna was placed in the beautifully decorated Jhula (Swing) by chanting Haathi Godha Pala Ki, Jai Kannaya Lal Ki. Right before the midnight all the devotees welcomed by standing ovation the entry of a child as Baby Krishna into the Shrine with Shree Krishna Jai chantings.
Pt. Anil Joshi Ji delivered a brief Krishna Philosophy Pravachan on this occasion by quoting several powerful verses.
After midnight, Nevedyam of home-made traditional food and fruits and Maha Magalarati were performed with utmost devotion with more than two hundred devotees. Pt. Joshi Ji thanked everyone for their active participation and especially all the children including those who chanted Bhagvad Gita and were encouraged and appreciated by the temple management by giving the gifts and goodies. Different Prasadams were distributed to both fasting and non-fasting devotees. Shammi Dhall from the temple’s religious committee and his team took care parking and other needs of the devotees very courteously and controlled the huge throng of devotees politely.