Hundreds Bring In the New Year with Lord Krishna
Whilst most in Mumbai were attending the all night parties almost 1000 people decided to bring in their New Year amidst spiritual ecstasy- by joining in the New Year celebrations at ISKCON Juhu.
The party started early with games on the lawn for people of all ages. The games were innovative and had a theme based on the Bhagavad-gita. Select-a-card games such as ‘Rare Human Birth’ and ‘Illuminate 2014 with the wisdom of Bhagavad-gita’ offered simple yet hopeful moments to the guests and prizes for the lucky ones. Skill games such as “Aayo Nutkhat Nandalal” involved balancing of pots while taking a walk from Barsana to Vrindavan and watching out for little Krishna’s antics along the way. For the analytical minded, there was the brain-racking T-puzzle which sent the message that there are so many big and small problems in this material world and how the Bhagavad-gita has answers to them all. Lastly the four-corner based char-dham game saw people taking virtual trips to places of pilgrimage.
Alongside the games, sumptuous buffet dinner prasada and kulfi was served to all guests. As the December evening turned pleasantly chilly, the program moved indoors starting with the inaugural event – slokas recitation by Bhakti Deepa Kids Club followed by an inspiring lecture by H.G.Bhima Das. A novel way to engage the mind in remembrance of Krishna and His pure devotees was a Housie cum Quiz game based on numbers with prizes for winning audience as well as quiz participants.
The dance ‘Maharaas’ with presentation on Dasavatar and the drama ‘Katyaini Brata’ thereafter left the audience glued to their seats. Soon it was time for the audience to rise up for Go-pals Beat Group who had the audience singing, dancing and chanting their way into 2014 with most-auspicious Hare Krishna mantra kirtan set to foot-tapping mridanga beats and guitar melodies. For some the party did not end as a small groups of people decided to stay up and engage in sweet all-night kirtan and thereafter attend mangala arati at 4:30am.