Gokulananda Mela 2013

Gokulananda Mela 2013

Gokulananda Mela 2013, an annual festival of joy conducted in Gokuldham, by ISKCON’s Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar Congregation Goregaon(East) took place on Sunday 28th April this year. The mela yet again lived up to its aim of propagating the joy of Gokul and Krishna consciousness through games, competitions, art, craft, dance, drama, acrobatics, kirtan, pravachan and prasadam.

Throngs of children enjoyed the challenging spiritual theme games like “Angry Donkeys” (catapulting the donkey-demon Dhenukasur onto trees) and “Helping Lord Ram build a bridge” (a relay race of carrying boulders across). Tatoos, face painting with gopi-dots made the little cheerful faces appear sweeter. There was a “Little Vrindavan village” recreated with live pottery and children were offered clay lamps to decorate and take home. The Hanuman puppet show enthralled audience.

Besides stalls for kids, there were preaching stalls with Spiritual Quotient, Bank of the Holy name and registration for Bhagavad-gita seminars.

Stage programs kept the audience gripped with sloka recitation by Krishna Kids Club ( the local Sunday kids club run by the congregation) followed by an inter-school quiz based on Ramayan, Mahabharat and Bhagavad-gita. This was followed by a inspiring lecture by H.G. Janmastami prabhu. As the sunset, the stage came alive with vibrant hues and tones of Gotipua dance of Eastern India as well as an expertly choreographed piece depicting Krishna Leelas through Malkhambh acrobatics. The “Bhakta Shiromani Prahlad” drama was captivating and the program concluded with Go-Pals kirtan (a beat group). The mela was preceded by Sri Jagannath’s rath yatra on 27th April and the devotees offered Chappan bhog to Their Lordships. The mela was a humble offering unto Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya’s mission and an opportunity for the devotees to engage their abilities in service to the Lord.
Harinam Sankirtan ki Jai!

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Jagannath Rath Yatra

Malkhambh Amalgamated in Krishna Leela and Bhakta Prahlad Drama
Malkhambh, Drama and Dance