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August 5, 2009 > Devotional celebration of Janmashtami

Devotional celebration of Janmashtami

By Meenu Gupta

Fremont's Hindu Temple will wear a festive look this weekend, beautifully lit, decorated and bedecked with flowers, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami, the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birth, is a festival celebrated with fervor by millions around the world. Sri Krishna, considered to be one of the most beloved human incarnations of Lord Vishnu was born more than 5,000 years ago in Mathura, India. Celebrations take place at midnight as Lord Krishna is said to have made his divine appearance at that hour.

"Fremont Hindu Temple has been celebrating Sri Krishna Janmashtami for many years," said Cultural Chair Vijaya Aasuri. Devotees will stay awake and sing bhajans until midnight, the moment when Krishna was born. People fast all day and eat only after the midnight birth ceremony. The sound of hymns and religious songs will fill the air to extol the greatness of Krishna.

"A cultural program with special dances will celebrate the birth of Krishna, enacting his stories of childhood mischief. The program will be organized at Grimmer Elementary School across [the street from] the temple on Saturday," said Aasuri.

The celebration culminates with a special midnight event at the temple. Children of all age groups are welcome to participate in the parade and cultural program.

"The image of Lord Krishna is bathed by Pundit Govindji and devotees together; holy mantras are chanted. At midnight, the hour of the birth of Lord Krishna people cheer and applaud," said Ajay Jain Bhutoria, Chairman of the Youth Committee. "For our temple this day is even more significant, for on this day, twenty four years ago our temple was founded," he said. "The Youth Committee is organizing special games stalls for all kids and youths to enjoy the event in the traditional Indian way."

For details contact Ajay Jain Bhutoria at (510) 378-0698 or temple office (510) 659 0655.

Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations
Saturday, August 8
6 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Fremont Hindu Temple
3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont
(510) 659-0655

Janmashtami Cultural Program
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Grimmer Elementary School
43030 Newport Dr, Fremont
(510) 659-0655
www.fremonttemple.org

Parking will be available at Grimmer Elementary School

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