from left : Dr. Prayag Narayan das Misra, Elizabeth Gamma, aka Lillie G, HH Hridayanada Das Goswami, GBC, Asim Ameer, his daughter and spouse, Vishnupriya dd and Chakri das.
By Iskcon of Phoenix
ISKCON of Phoenix celebrated on Tuesday, September 4.
His Holiness Hridayanand Goswami, G B C explained the significance of Krishna’s advent.
The Cultural Program included Kidz Art & Fancy Dress Competition, Drama on Appearance of Lord Krishna, devotional songs and bhajans and kirtan- along with Abhishekam- bathing of Krishna- and Midnight Maha Arti and Maha Prasad.
Highlights of this year’s celebrations: The Temple was profusely decorated both inside and outside and the event was very well attended although it was a working day.Congregation devotees had to park cars far away and walk upto two blocks.
Several VIPs enjoyed the festival as an interesting learning of Hare Krishna: Honorable Barry Wong- former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and Legislator ; From City of Chandler: Trinity Donovan- CouncilMember, Chief Sherry Kiyler, Chandler Police Department; Pat McDermott- Assistant City Manager, Leah Powell- Diversity Administrator. All took Maha Prasadam, chanted Hare Krishna and wore blessed garlands from Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, Sri Nath Ji Gopal and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai.
Dr Ahmad M Khan, who attended the inaugural of the Hare Krishna Temple in 1996, joined in for Maha Arti along with Shrimati Raj Rani & Sri Dina Nath of Royal Taj- sponsors of this year’s Souvenir , and others. Muslim community from Pakistan, and Asian American Association of Arizona were gracefully represented by Asim Ameer and family ( Title photo).
Further, the ” Hindu Celebration” appeared as a news item in Arizona Republic- the leading newspaper of Arizona mentioning Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s Proclamation for Sri Krishna Janmashtami. ( http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=173387021/a=54403039_54403039/t_=54403039)