Mumbai – 26th August 2019 – ISKCON Radha Gopinath Temple, Girgaum Chowpatty celebrated this Janmashtami with much fervour, devotion and festivities. Janmashtami is a festival that reminds us for the reason Lord Krishna descended on the earth centuries ago. Times have proven the victory of love over hatred, truth over lie and good over evil. Lord Krishna’s teaching have remained relevant for more than 5000 years and continue to remain so even now.
His Holiness Radhanath Swami, ISKCON spiritual leader said “This year in Radha Gopinath Temple, ISKCON Girgaum Chowpatty the dress made for Lord Krishna & Radha had a very different theme Morning Dress was called “Symphony of Devotion” where the favourite divine poetry of Lord Jagannath the ‘Geet Govinda’ by Jayadeva Goswami was woven artistically with the Golden sequin glistenes on the buttery stain fabric . This text was handwritten by our temple monk Premkishor das and the text embroidered with golden sequins on satin fabric was dyed in the shades of maroon, scarlet, orange, hot pink and rose colour.”
Swami ji added “The Day Dress was called “Celebration of colours” which was made of Multicolour checkered petals with golden floral patterns perfectly captures the mood of festivity and joy. Like multi-coloured flags that signify the birth of Sri Krishna, the rustic shades of purple, emerald, yellow, blue, and burnt umber squares arranged together meticulously announce His divine descent and enhance the grandeur of the outfits all together. Sri Gopinath’s asymmetrical shawl design leans slightly towards contemporary design, and yet withhold the essence of a traditional Rajshahi design intact. Floral patterns made using a mixture of golden beads, Swarovski stones, resham, nakshi and kasab reflect the ever-fresh youthfulness of Rajasthani patterns.”
The ethnic Carpet designs beautifully embroidered as backdrop invite all of us for the jubilant festivities.
“The Temple Décor by our temple monk Purushottam Das was called “WEAVES OF LOVE.” The festival of Janmashtami takes us back to our roots where all the devotees come together to share their love for Krishna,” informed Swami Ji.
Devotees at ISKCON Chowpatty come together and started preparing for the Decors a month in advance. There are 40 devotees dedicated working every day for setting up the decor. Weaving is our traditional art where colourful threads were interwoven with each other to form a pattern, This traditional art form of weaving from Gujarat, Punjab and Orissa as the theme was chosen to show our love for the lord.”