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Krishna Janmastami Puja
Thursday, August 18 @ (PDT) 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM PDT
IN PERSON OR ONLINE
Registrants for online will receive a Zoom link at least one hour before the puja.
Kṛṣṇa Janmāṣṭamī (Krishna’s Birthday) is observed in India by all Hindus, irrespective of different sectarian views. Originally, in Vṛndāvana, all the cowherd women and men were invited to participate, and they arrived in jubilation. A nice band played, and the assembled people enjoyed it. Brāhmaṇas chanted Vedic hymns for the good fortune of Kṛṣṇa. During the chanting, Kṛṣṇa was bathed. This bathing ceremony is technically called abhiṣeka, and even today this is observed in all the temples of Vṛndāvana as Janmāṣṭamī Day, or the birthday anniversary of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
You are welcome to prepare your own offerings of flowers and prasad at home.
Story of Krishna’s Birth
Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva at midnight in a dungeon in Mathura. Miraculously, Vasudeva was able to carry the baby out of the dungeon, make his way to Vrindavan, switch Krishna for a baby girl born to Yashoda and Nanda and return to the dungeon unnoticed—to save the child from the wrath of Kamsa. When Kamsa heard the baby’s cries he feared for his life. He rushed in to kill the baby but the baby flew into the air in the form of the demigoddess Maya and told Kamsa that the child had been born elsewhere and that he would be unable to kill him.
Call 310-822-9642 or email ([email protected]) for the Zoom link.