Vrindavan, 2016.12.11 (VT): The dancers from the ‘Natya Vriksha’ fascinated Shri Radha Raman ji on Sunday with their classical performances. The devotees present in the temple, were enthralled by the classical dance of Bharatnatyam presented by the artists.
Sharanya Chandran, Amritha Sruthi Radhakrishnan, Madhura Bhrushundi, Megha Jaju Jha, Aditi Balasubramanian, Shreya Dua and Yushika Baid, the disciples of Padamashree Geeta Chandran presented their classical offering to Radha Raman on the works of the Great Vaishnavite poets of Jaidev, Surdas and Meera.
Classical events have continued to remain the source of enrichment of the ‘Periodic Seva’ of Shri Radha Raman ji by the Divine family of Jagadguru Shri Purushottam Goswami ji Maharaj. The decoration based on different themes of the pastimes of Shri Krishna is also a major attraction during the seva.
The ‘Seva Mahotsava’ which began from 7th December will continue till 18th December under the direction of Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami ji Maharaj. Acharya Venu Gopal Goswami, Shri Abhinav Goswami, Shri Suvarn Goswami are engaged in the eternal services of the Lord during the ‘Seva Mahotsava’.
Famous Hindustani classical music vocalist Padmashree Madhup Mudgal also made the offerings to the seva with his melodious voice by singing ‘classical bhajan’ on Saturday. Odissi dance was also performed the dancers of Venu Nad Kala Kendra.
Daily Kirtan by the Bengali Vaishnavas, Samaj Gayan, Bhajan performances are the other forms of devotional services performed during the ‘Seva Mahotsava’.
The Seva of Radha Raman involves service to the deity throughout the day by priests who are mindful of his eternal, daily activities, which are considered to take place at specific times during the eight periods or watches into which the day is divided.
They wake him up, prepare him for the darshan, bathe and dress him, feed him, and honor him with rituals that are collectively called puja (worship). The rituals honoring the deity are precise and in principle unalterable, constituting a logic of relationship between the person conducting the puja and the deity.
The puja conducted in public is called aarati – a term that refers to the circling of the lighted wicks in front of the deity, a token of the devotion being offered, but is commonly taken to mean the public portion of the priests attendance on him with offerings of other items as well.
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