Sri Krishna Janmashtami is an annual festival celebrated by 1 billion Hindus and yogis around the world. Declared a public holiday in India, many people come together to do kirtan, various ceremonies, feasting and lots of fun!
Sri Krishna (the Supreme Soul) appeared on this earth in India over 5000 years ago and ever since then, people around the world have celebrated His birthday. This occasion is always joyful! Sri Krishna came to this world to show His wonderful activities and pastimes so we could reawaken our natural relationship and love for Him. He also spoke the Bhagavad Gita, which is a gem of wisdom on how we can lead a truly spiritual life in harmony with the Supreme, those around us, ourselves and the whole world.
In Darwin, we celebrated Sri Krishna Janmashtami on Sunday 20th August. The energy was electric and everyone was so happy to be immersed in the sacredness of the celebration. People from all different backgrounds attended including many Indian families.
There was plenty of kirtan (chanting of Krishna’s names and glories), a traditional bathing ceremony (abhisheka), offering of flowers and fruits, and a huge Indian feast! It was so wonderful to see everyone, including the kids, chanting from their hearts. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces.
The energy kept building over the night and after the abhisheka ceremony, everyone was up dancing, including the kids!
Our friends prepared an amazing feast and everyone was raving about the gulab jammuns and palak paneer!
We can’t wait to do it again next year!