Vrindavan, 2014.08.09 (Vrindavan Times): The world waits on the edges of their seats as Vrindavan readies for one of the grandest and spectacular festivals of the year: Krishna Janmashtami 2014. Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Krishna Jayanti, is the appearance day of Lord Krishna. Upwards of a million devotees will visit Prem Mandir during Krishna Janmashtami period and witness the largest Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in the world.
Lord Krishna appeared at midnight of the eighth waning moon which falls in August/September. Krishna Janmashtami is one of the greatest celebrations of the Hindu community worldwide which is observed throughout India, at Prem Mandir Vrindavan, and around the world as far as Austin, New York and Singapore.
In the Temples on Krishna Janmashtami, devotees sing and chant the glories and the leelas of Krishna up to midnight. Then they do arti of Krishna and distribute prasad. In Vrindavan there are a number of professional groups who enact the leelas of Radha Krishna on the open stage.
Mass meditation program and Krishna Janmashtami 2014
This year on Krishna Janmashtami, a sadhana shivir (mass meditation program) will be held on 14th, 15th and 16th of August 2014 at Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan. The Krishna Janmashtami celebration itself will be celebrated in all the temples, ancient and contemporary, in Vrindavan and all over Braj. The main Krishna Janmashtami 2014 event takes place on 17th August 2014 at Prem Mandir, Vrindavan, in the presence of many Saints and dignitaries.
To mark the occasion, areas of Prem Mandir Vrindavan are specially displayed with the childhood events of Krishna and great crowds come to have its darshan. At Shyama Shyam Dham Vrindavan, a lovely cradle of baby Krishna is placed in the Satsang Hall on this day, and people will come from all over for the opportunity to have darshan and swing the Divine child on His Birthday.
Throughout the day and up to midnight, devotional programs will be arranged in Vrindavan which include one act plays and dances related to Radha Krishna leelas. Chanting of Krishna Janmashtami leelasand the songs of His appearance, special arti of baby Krishna and Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj‘s speech, explaining the importance of Krishna Janmashtmi in a devotee’s life, highlight the celebration.