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August 27, 2010 > Janmashtami celebrations with festive gaiety

Janmashtami celebrations with festive gaiety

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Sandip Shah

Devotees will stay awake singing praises to the Lord until midnight to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Temples will wear a festive look, beautifully lit, decorated and bedecked with flowers to celebrate Janmashtami on Saturday, September 4. The joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birth, Janmashtami, 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," Devotees 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 Lord Krishna. "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 Deepak Chhabra, Chairman for Mela and Booth. For participating contact Deepak Chhabra for the Fair (Mela) and Booth at (510) 299-9771 or write to deepakchhabra@pacbell.net.

"A cultural program with special dances will celebrate the birth of Krishna, enacting his stories of childhood mischief," said Chair Cultural program Vijaya Aasuri. The program will be held in the parking lot of Fremont Hindu Temple on Saturday. 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. For participating in cultural programs contact Vijaya Aasuri at (510) 421-3535 or write to vijaya_aasuri@yahoo.com. "For our temple this day is even more significant, for on this day, twenty four years ago our temple was founded," said Ajay Jain Bhutoria, Chairman Youth Committee. "The Youth Committee is organizing special games stalls for all kids and youths to enjoy the event in the traditional Indian way," he said. For more information on Kids Quiz program please contact Ajay Jain Bhutoria at bhutoria.ajay@gmail.com or (510) 378-0698.

Shreemaya Krishnadham Temple will celebrate Janmashtami in the traditional way for six days at the Center in Milpitas. "Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar (BAYVP) invites all devotees to celebrate the devotional festival. "Shrinathji Charitramrut Katha will be presented by Shri Vrajraj Kumarji for six days starting Wednesday, September 1 till Monday, September 6," said BAYVP spokesperson, Mukesh Shah. "Krishna Janam will be celebrated at midnight on Thursday, September 2," said BAYVP spokesperson, Sandip Shah. Mahaprasad will be served after Aarti. For more information contact Renuka and Mukesh Shah at mukshah@hotmail.com or call (408)-410-4563


Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations
Saturday, September 4
Kids quiz program
11 a.m. - 1p.m.

Janmashtami Cultural Program
3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Bhajans and Kirtan
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Lord Krishna birth celebrations
11 p.m. - midnight

Fremont Hindu Temple
3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont
(510) 659-0655
www.fremonttemple.org


Janmashtami Celebrations
Thursday, September 2
8 p.m. to midnight
Shreemaya Krishnadham Temple
25 Corning Avenue, Milpitas
(408) 586-0006
www.bayvp.org

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