Thursday, 3 July 2008

A visit to ISKON at Juhu

Most of my guests come to Mumbai for shopping and we are mostly visiting malls but when we are too tired of shopping then next best thing to do is lunching or sight seeing… all depends on my guests.....

This week-end my guests wanted to visit ISKON at Juhu. Better known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir. It is a place of worship, meditation and spiritual knowledge, where people come from all walks of life to seek solace here

We went there at 5 30 in the evening. It was very peaceful and quiet although there were many devotees at that time of the day. After removing our shoes outside the Mandir we walked in barefoot inside the temple for the darshan of the deities. A small group of people were singing spiritual hymns and were seated in the centre of the hall. We took a round inside the temple and then followed the exit arrow which leads to shopping arcade behind the temple where handicraft items, souvenirs and food were on sale.

A tasty hot khichdi was served as Prasad from steel buckets in a leaf bowl to every devotee at the exit.

At ISKON the Vedic scriptures state that spiritual life begins when one inquires into the nature of the absolute truth, the Supreme Godhead. Gaudiya Vaisnavas are monotheists and know the personality of Godhead as Krishna

We didn’t stay long but there were many people who were waiting to attend the aarti which are performed at specific timings.On enquiring, we were told that temple had fixed timing for aarti which were as follows:

4:30 am Mangala Arati

7:15 Sringar Arati and Guru Puja

12:30 Rajbhog Arati

4:30 Arati

7:00 Sandhya Arati

8:30 Shayan Arati

9:00pm temple closes

My friends were very happy and contented with this visit to ISKON and announced that it was the evening well spent

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