Sri Krishna Janmashtami in Moscow

September 4th, 2007
Moscow, Russia
Sent by Aruna Krishna Prabhu

   Today, under the guidance of Sripad Bhakti Achintya Madhav Maharaj, Moscow devotees celebrate the holy advent day of Lord Sri Krishna. As Aruna Krishna Prabhu reports from the Moscow temple, the festive programme is attended by exceptionally large crowd of new people. A few weeks prior to that, a whole squad of devotees was intensely engaged in the distribution of invitations and flyers at the public programmes organised on the occasion of the India Independence Day.
   The devotees try to accommodate every guest and spend some time explaining the meaning of the holiday and giving the background of the temple itself.
   The celebration begins early in the morning and continues throughout the whole day: devotees arrange continuous reading of the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam and show a part of the Mahabharata serial film that is devoted to the advent and the pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna.
   Later on, Sripad Madhav Maharaj gives a lecture majorly explaining the meaning of the holiday to the gathered guests and devotees. The lecture is crowned with an astonishing surprise — the guests receive a unique opportunity to listen to and watch the live broadcast of the lecture of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that is being given at the grand Vaishnava festival, at the Saint Petersburg seva-ashram.
  However, this is also not all — the programmes continues with a lively kirtan and finishes with a splendid ekadashi prasadam feast.
   Devotees pray that Srila Gurudeva accepts their attempts to serve Lord on this auspicious day and that the many guests who had fortune to attend the celebration come to the programmes again.
   Here are a few pictures from the evening part of the programme:








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