In Kurukshetra city of Haryana, at Birla Gita temple dedicate to Lord Krishna, the festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on large scale with devotion, fevour and gaiety on August 18.
Most of Birla Mandir is constructed with white marble. A chariot in marble, with four horses and both Lord Krishna and Arjun seated in it, will be the major attraction for the worshipers. The temple also has portraits of many gods and saints such as Guru Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh, Ved Vyas, Tulsi Das, Guru Teg Bahadur and Sant Ravi Das.
Besides it, the festival will be celebrated in all other temples of the city, but there will be special Kirtan programme at Gaudia Math which follows the pure devotional traditions of Krishna Bhakati. The people will flock the local sacred tanks like Bramha Sarovar and Surya Kund to have a holy dip. Also, devotees will flock at Jyotisar, the place where Lord Krishna preached Gita to disillusioned Arjuna.
However, devotees get a taste of the celebration by the Gaudiya Mission that preaches pure devotion to Lord Krishna through practice nurtured by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a sixteenth century Bengali mystic who brought about a reform in religious practices. He had asked devotees to cast away rituals and just chant and sing the name of Lord Krishna.
The Gaudiya Mission believes that the eternal truths contained in the Srimad Bhagavatam belong to the transcendental realm beyond the understanding of the senses, intellect and mind. It is beieved by the followers that the purpose of human life is to reinstate the soul in natural state by means of devotion and loving service to Lod Krishna.
On Krishna Janamastami, at city’s Gaudiya Math a Hari Nam Kirtan will be organised as followers believe that it is a self-deception to think that any other method except Bhakti is productive of the highest good.