The auspicious occasion of Sri Nammalvar entering into the Kingdom of God, Vaikuntha, was celebrated with all enthusiasm and gaiety at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad today(8th January 2017). The temple was bustling with activities throughout the day. Devotees were pouring in to have the darshan of their Lordships on this auspicious day.
The day’s celebrations started as early as 4:30am with grand Mahamangalarati to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram. Hundreds of devotees participated in the programs at such wee hours of the day. Lord Krishna adorned as Vaikuntha Narayana, gave his magnificent darshan at 8:00am. This was followed by bhajans and kirtans glorifying Lord till 8:30am. The devotees sang and danced gracefully in front of the deities. The specially erected gold painted Vaikuntha Dwara was opened in the august presence of Sri Gururaj Desh Deshpande, Srimati Jayashree Deshpande, Sri Rajiv Lochan Dasa, President, ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad and other devotees at 8:30am. The devotees passing through the Vaikuntha Dwara entered the temple and had the darshan of Vaikuntha Narayana. They were seen soused in devotional mood.
A special deity of Sri Srinivas Govinda, made out of mud, especially for this occasion was installed for darshan in a Visesha Mandapa. The deity was decorated with dazzling jewels and fresh colourful flowers to resemble Tirupati Balaji. Laksharchana seva – the chanting of 1 lakh names of the Lord, was offered to the deity throughout the day. All the visitors to the temple were given an opportunity to personally offer flower archana to the kalashas that were aesthetically arranged in front of the Visesha Mantapa.
Seeking the blessings of Lord Srinivasa and praying for world peace and harmony, a grand Venkateswara Homa was performed in the Vanamali Lawns. Hundreds of devotees were seen chanting the holy names of the Lord during the Homa.
Overall, the festival was a majestic spiritual fare with thousands of devotees participating in the day long events with vigour and zeal. All the visitors to the temple were served with prasadam in leaf cups.