Puja by Suresh Panditji and Sanjay Panditji on the
occasion of the beginning of Krishna Janmashtami.
Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, was
celebrated on 28th August 2013 in different Temples of
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas in a very devoted way.
The most extensive celebration of this auspicious event took
place in Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir, where a beautiful big
Altar had been established by the Priests. The Altar consisted
of a photo of Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati, of
lovely pictures of Lord Krishna along with Radha, and a swinging
cradle, where a cute Murti of Krishna Gopalji had been placed.
This attractive looking Altar and its surroundings were
decorated with colourful glittering clothes, fresh flowers and
leaves and shining Deepas, which were glowing beautifully in the
The Omkarananda Ashram Priests started worshipping Lord Krishna
with special Pujas and they were also reciting the Vishnu
Sahasranama, the thousand holy names of Lord Vishnu.
A splendid lightful Yajnashala in front of the vibrating Krishna
In the meantime more and more Devotees joined this Celebration,
which became very lively, when the Priests, along with all the
Devotees started singing Krishna Bhajans, rendering the area of
Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir vibrant with joy.
A lovely Krishna Arati was performed and wonderful sweets and
delicious fresh butter, decorated with Tulsi-leaves, were
offered to Krishna-Gopalji.
But the Celebration for Lord Krishna did not end here.
Arati performed by Swami Vishveshwarananda at the beautifully
decorated Altar of Gopala Krishna.
Krishnaji, joyfully sitting in His Jhula, enjoys the flowers
offered by Kumari Somashekhari.
The nice Master of Ceremony of this event, Kumari Neha, informed
all Devotees and Guests, that a special dance-performance in
honour of Lord Krishna will take place in the big Temple-Hall of
Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir, for which everybody is
So all honourable Guests and Devotees took their seat in the
Mandapam, ready to watch the devotional dance-programme.
Among the prominent Guests and Devotees, taking part in this
event, were Shri R.S.T. Sai, the Chairman and Managing Director
of THDC IL ("Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, India
is a Joint Venture of Govt. of India and Govt. of U.P.), who, in
spite of holding such a big position, came as a humble Devotee,
wearing a beautiful traditional Dhoti and Kurta, Prof. Ramkumar
Sharma and Dr. Aditya Gautam, Director OIMT (Omkarananda
Institute of Management and Technology).
Guru-Bhakti-Ratna Kumari Somashekhari, who has specialized
in the Temple-style of Indian Classical Dance, performed four
different dances in honour of Lord Krishna, in which different
aspects of Lord Krishna were shown and adored.
One could feel, that Somashekhari was in the consciousness of a
higher Self and full of Joy, when she performed in front of
Neha explained the meaning of each dance in English to the
Neha lifts the audience into the spiritual world of the
pure Divine Worship through the highly mystical dance,
when she reads out the meaning of each dance item,
performed by Kumari Somashekhari.
Great dance performances were offered by Somashekhari on this
After the dance-programme Shri Sukumarji, Trustee Omkarananda
Ashram, greeted all the Devotees, who had assembled to celebrate
Krishna Janmashtami, and then he read out a short speech on the
Glory of Lord Krishna and the importance of the Bhagawad Gita in
our present time.
Then it was time for the Vote of Thanks and Blessings by the
President of Omkarananda Ashram, Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Swamiji immediately won the hearts of all the Devotees and
Guests with his kind, spontaneous and joyous way of addressing
them. He emphasized, that it is most wonderful to celebrate Lord
Krishna's Birthday, but one should not forget Lord Krishna and
His teachings once the Celebrations are over. Swami
Vishveshwaranandaji also appealed to the Devotees, that one
should not only pray to Lord Krishna, but also sincerely live
according to His teachings.
Swami Vishveshwaranandaji, after his thrilling speech, did not
forget to thank all, who actively participated in making Krishna
Janmashtami Celebrations in Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas a grand
success, and he honoured all of them with flower malas. Swamiji
also garlanded the honourable Guest, Shri R.S.T. Sai, Chairman
and Managing Director THDC, and offered him a nice shawl.
The honourable Chief Guest Mr. R.S.T. Sai, Chairman and Managing
received Thanks and Blessings from Swami Vishveshwarananda.
When everybody thought, that now the function was finally
completed, Shri Swami Pragyanandaji, a great saintly Vedic
Scholar and Member of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas,
spontaneously went to Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati to thank
him and garland him as a sign of Gratitude on behalf of all
Members and Devotees of Omkarananda Ashram. Pragyanandaji
mentioned that Swami Vishveshwaranandaji always thinks of others
and always thanks and honours others, but he is the one who has
definitely deserved the biggest Thanks!
These words were very much appreciated and applauded by the
On this happy note Swami Vishveshwaranandaji informed, that
wonderful and delicious Krishna Prasad is waiting for everybody.
Later on some Reporters from Television Channels took short
interviews from Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari Somashekhari
concerning Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations in Omkarananda
After the exciting Krishna Janmashtami Celebration TV crews from
are interviewing Swami Vishveshwarananda and Kumari