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On CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/us/2012/03/26/pkg-kstu-ut-colors-festival.kstu

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SPANISH FORK, Utah — Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork for the annual Festival of Colors.

The Festival of Colors, also known as Holi, is a festival celebrated every spring by Hindus. As part of the celebration, participants traditionally throw scented powder and perfume at each other. The festival has roots to many Hindu legends, most celebrating the victory of good over evil.

“The colors come from the emergence of spring after the stark bleakness of winter. Everything bursts forth in colors and fragrance and so that’s emulated through the festival,” said Charu Das, the founder of the Lotus Temple.

The event in Spanish Fork took place on Saturday and Sunday, but another Festival of Colors will take place at the Krishna Temple in Salt Lake City on April 14 between noon and 6 p.m.

SPANISH FORK — In a cloud of color that in 2011 made national headlines, the Hare Krishnas celebrated on Saturday and Sunday the annual Holi Fest, commonly known as the Festival of Colors.

Thousands gathered at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork as bands led the crowd in the Maha Mantra: “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

As it is celebrated at the Lotus Temple, it is meant to be a celebration of shared life — neither religious or secular; it is a gathering of people united in their desire to celebrate the coming of spring.

Thousands gathered on a hill on the east side of the temple. Traditionally the majority of revelers have been BYU students, but as the festival has grown in popularity, it has seen a large increase in visitors from other colleges and even from other states.

The festival was celebrated at the temple with two days of brightly colored, organic powder, mantra and music. Every two hours saw a unified “color throwing,” where brightly colored chalk is thrown into the air in a tradition dating back thousands of years in India.

Revelers were reminded that the ceremony was a testimony “to the fact that God loves variety” — regardless of which God they served.

“No two of us are the same, just as we are now all different hues of orange and yellow, blue and green,” the announcer said “We’re all in this together.”

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1 Puskaraksa das

Caru Prabhu and his wife, Vaibhavi devi dasi, are very creative devotees…

All this may not be about prema bhakti yet, but it is about popularizing Krishna consciousness in Utah (a State hosting a majority of Mormons) and beyond, and about doing things in a first class way!

They have built a very beautiful temple, in the Indian style of architecture (inspired by Kusum Sarovara, near Radha kund), with limited financial means (around one million dollars at the time) and have found some unique and creative ways to raise money for financing the expansion of Krishna consciousness in Utah (selling peacock feathers, selling and renting lamas, maintaining a tradtional gift shop and a daily vegetarian buffet and above all this festival of colors, which brings a very significant income), which enabled them to recently purchase a major preaching facility in Salt Lake City.

Krishna is tri-banga lalita… He is three times bent… So, Krishna is very tricky and very cunning!

He finds ways that are beyond regular imagination, and inspires diligent servants of His pure , Srila Prabhupada, as are Caru Prabhu and his talented wife…

Srila Prabhupada used to say: “Think big ISKCON! Why do you think small ISKCON?”

So, it is remarkable that a grihastha couple, surrounded by a handful of devotees, may be able to do so much!
As it is, their success should be a source of inspiration for the whole of ISKCON…

On our side, we feel that they are setting up a nice trend for Utah to become one of the first Krishna conscious US States, if not the first one!

Hare Krishna

Their friend and servant
Puskaraksa das

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