Largest annual Krishna celebration begins Wednesday


Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.

Area Hare Krishnas will come together Wednesday for an all-day celebration of the birthday of the deity Krishna.

The Sri Krishna Janmastami Festival will begin early Wednesday morning and run throughout the day at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, of Alachua temple, located at 17306 NW 112th Blvd. in Alachua. The biggest crowd should be there between 6:30 p.m. and midnight, said Sridevi Dasi, who works for the temple office.

“For us, it’s our biggest festival of the year,” she said.

Krishna’s birthday marks the day he incarnated in this world, Dasi said. People will celebrate by participating in kirtana, or spiritual chanting, and making offerings to Krishna throughout the day.

“Everything we do is basically like a birthday present for Krishna,” she said.

There will be classical Indian dance, a sacred fire invocation, children’s activities and other events throughout the day. The festivities will culminate in the Maha Arati light ceremony at midnight, which will mark Krishna’s birth.

To learn more, visit www.alachuatemple.com.

-- Morgan Watkins

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