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Krishna Janmashtami 2014 will take place at Radha Madhav Dham Austin on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 from 5pm - midnight

A Krishna Janmashtami 2014 Kids Costume Contest is just one small part of an exciting lineup of devotional programs throughout the evening at Radha Madhav Dham Austin, founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. There is something for everyone at one of America's biggest devotional events, which is a year shy of one quarter century in the running. 

A highlight is the abhishek and jhulan (swinging) ceremony of baby Krishna where everyone will get a chance to push baby Krishna on a beautiful, and lavishly decorated swing during his birthday celebration 2014. There will also be ecstatic chanting of Krishna Janmashtami kirtans and bhajans, written by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, during the Krishna Janmashtami 2014 kirtan program inside the beautiful Radha Madhav Dham temple. Another highlight for many is a special arti to baby Krishna at midnight. 

An out-of-this world sumptuous vegetarian feast will be served by satsangees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, to all during the program. The full lineup of events according to Radha Madhav Dham website and the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page is as follows:

Outdoors program for Krishna Janmashtami 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham Austin

  1. 5:00pm - Mahaprasad served in the Dining hall
  2. 5:30pm - Kids Activity and Food Booths Open
  3. 7:00pm - Special Kids Program on Outdoor Stage
    Kids will meet Saints & Gods from Krishna Avatar to hear stories of Krishna)
  4. 7:30pm - Kids Costume Contest begins - see below for more information
    Prizes for all participating kids and special prizes for the contest winners)
  5. 8:15pm - Kids Outdoor Program concludes
Indoors Program for Krishna Janmashtami 2014

  1. 6:00pm: Chanting inside temple begins
  2. 7:15pm: Special discourse on Krishna Janmashtmi 2014
  3. 7:45pm: Abhishek & Swinging of baby Lord Krishna
  4. 8:15pm: Bal Krishna themed dances & leela performances
  5. 9:30pm: Chanting inside prayer hall continues
  6. 12:00am: Sing Arti to Baby Krishna at Midnight
Radha Madhav Dham Krishna Janmashtami is especially well-liked for bringing out the original devotional mood of the occasion, similar to Braj-style Janmashtami celebrations; and also being fun for everyone, while giving everyone the chance to also learn the philosophy and real meaning of Krishna Janmashtami 2014 from Sushree Gopeshwari Devi, a respected and erudite preacher who has studied the Hindu scriptures at it's deepest levels.

Everyone who is planning to attend Krishna Janmashtami 2014 in Austin is request to JOIN the official Krishna Janmashtami 2014 RSVP page on facebook and invite others, and not to forget to bring your kids is costume! 

The most important part of Krishna Janmashtami 2014, according to one Radha Madhav Dham spokesperson, is to make it your own, and create your own memories with Krishna that will last a lifetime.

On Sunday August 17th, there will be a grand celebration of Nand Mahostav.

In New York, Swami Nikhilanand Ji will be present during Krishna Janmashtami New York Block Party on August 17th. Krishna's Birthday 2014 in New York will take place at Radha Govind Dham New York. There is also a facebook RSVP page which everyone is requested to Join.

Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotees celebrate Janmashtami 2014 New York, at Radha Govind Dham

Vrindavan Times News reports: Queens New York to get first ever Krishna Janmashtami 2014 Block Party 

Vrindavan Times News: Block parties have been popular phenomenon for large events in New York city, but for the first time on August 17th 2014, the entire Hillside Avenue Block in Glen Oaks will be reserved for one of the largest Krishna Janmashatami 2014 celebrations led by Swami Nikhilanand Ji, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

The massive event of Krishna's Birthday in New York is being organized by New York Hindu Temple, Radha Govind Dham.

Some of the attractions include Live 2014 Bhajans, Food, Dandiya Dances 2014, Best-Dressed Krishna Contest, Krishna Janmashtami 2014 Pravachan by Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Outdoor Krishna Janmashtami 2014 programs led by Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

  • A massive kirtan 2014 party led by acclaimed singer Anuradha Khanna
  • Kirtan and Krishna Janmashtami 2014 speech by Swami Nikhilanand
  • Dances and performances
  • Best-dressed Krishna contest
  • Raas Garba (Dandiya) party
Indoor program (Inside Radha Govind Dham New York, Hillside Avenue) led by Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

  • Arti
  • Dinner prasad
  • Kirtan up till midnight

Best-dressed Krishna Contest 2014 at Radha Govind Dham, Glen Oaks, New York

Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotees celebrate Janmashtami 2014 New York, at Radha Govind Dham

One of the unique features of the New York Krishna Janmashtami 2014 celebrations which is proving most popular, is the best-dressed Krishna contest where the public is invited to dress as Shree Krishna and receive an award for being the best! To enter Best-Dressed Krishna Contest: Call Santosh Gera at (718) 807-1101

Meaning and Story of Krishna Janmashtami 2014 (Birthday of Krishna)

Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotees celebrate Janmashtami 2014 New York, at Radha Govind Dham

A Divine breeze permeated the entire brahmand with the descension of supreme God Krishna. His mother Deoki saw Him in His absolute Divine glory, lovingly smiling and standing in front of her in His full youthful form. In the meantime celestial gods and goddesses along with Brahma and Shiv came, sang homage to Krishna and returned to their abodes. Krishna then became like a day-old baby.

Deoki and Vasudeo were imprisoned by the demon Kans, the King of Mathura, because a celestial warning had informed him that the eighth son of Deoki would be his destroyer. But when Krishna appeared, a tiny touch of His Divine power shattered the defense system of the jail: locks broke, watchmen went into deep sleep, gates opened and all the restrictions were eliminated. The flooding Yamuna river gave way to Vasudeo so that he could safely transport baby Krishna to his relative Nand Baba's house which was in Gokul and on the other side of river Yamuna. Thus, Krishna first descended in Mathura and on the same night He came to Gokul. He appeared on the eighth waning moon night of bhadon (August) in Rohini Nakchatra (asterism) in 3228 BC.

The next day, at the house of Nand Baba and Yashoda all the Brajwasis came together to join the most joyous celebration of Krishna's birthday. God Shiv also came rushing to Gokul to see the innocent loving smile of baby Krishna, and, in this way, from the very first morning of His descension on the earth planet, His playful Divine loving leelas started. From that day on, every day in Braj was a joyous celebration and every moment in Braj was an experience of Krishna's ever-new and ever-increasing love that encharmed the heart of every Brajwasi.

A similar experience is expected to be evoked at Radha Govind Dham New York Janmashtami 2014 Block Party in Hillside Avenue, Glen Oaks.

More info is available via the RGDNY website and the official Janmashtami 2014 event page.

Radha Krishna devotion lectures by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj disciple

Inspiring discourses explaining the most important teachings of the Hindu scriptures by Swami Nikilanand Ji, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Beautiful Radha Krishna Bhajans revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj led by Swami Nikhilanand of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Radha Madhav Dham.


August 3rd - 16th Sundays


5:00 - 7:00pm & Mon. - Sat. 7:00-8:30pm 

Dinner Prasad Served Daily

This enlightening series of lectures by Swami Nikhilanand Ji will take place at the New York Hindu Temple, Radha Govind Dham New York.

Radha Govind Dham New York 
NEW YORK 11004

Join the official event page:

Newsletter and new school at Kripalu Ji Maharaj's American ashram
Radha Madhav Dham USA launches cutting-edge newsletter and Shiksha education

From Vrindavan Times News: JKP Radha Madhav Dham,  the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, has launched the very first issue of a cutting-edge multi-media, interactive e-Newsletter. According to Radha Madhav Dham, the e-Newsletter has been created to provide an experiential platform for ongoing communication and interaction between the temple-ashram community and the supporters and devotees of Radha Madhav Dham so they always feel updated, engaged, inspired and close to the Dham, no matter where they are. 

The newsletter contains info about the latest devotional events and projects at Radha Madhav Dham, national events by the sanyasi preachers of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, inspirational teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj as well as awards and recognition of devotees affiliated with Radha Madhav Dham.

Click on the link below to view the very first edition of the e-Newsletter: 

Chirag Patel, Ph.d., Managing member of Radha Madhav Dham, in his introduction of the Newsletter says:

Welcome to the first edition of Radha Madhav Dham E-Newsletter. Every day our Dham stands with its arms open, welcoming hundreds of individuals, regardless of their background, and hoping to inspire in them a spark selfless devotion to Radha Krishna. 
This E-Newsletter is an attempt to inform you of our activities and the initiatives we are taking to share with the world the greatest spiritual wealth we have - the Divine knowledge of ageless Hindu scriptures elucidated by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. You will read highlights of past events and synopses on upcoming celebrations. You will learn about exciting new developments at Radha Madhav Dham, and activities of like organizations around the world. And most importantly, you will stay connected to your Radha Madhav Dham and its ever-growing family. Thanks to the multimedia nature of our E-Newsletter, you will be able to play videos, hear sounds and visualize the beauty of our Dham as your flip through its pages. 
I invite your to join us in our effort to inspire thousands more on this beautiful path to Radha Krishna and to share with others what we value the most ourselves. Whatever little you can do, from wherever you are, can go along way in making a big difference in someone's life. Please contact me about how you can help.
For a better first-time experience, Radha Madhav Dham recommends to review the quick tips below for navigating through the e-Newsletter:
  1. Chanting begins when the e-Newsletter opens. To pause the chanting, click on the arrow in the lower left-hand side. 
  2. To zoom in closer, you can click anywhere on a page; to zoom out, you have to click again. Use the "zoom slider" at the center top of the page for more zoom control. 
  3. To print a single page, simply check the box next to the page number. 
  4. To print the whole e-Newsletter, click on "Select All" 
  5. To download and view the e-Newsletter, offline, - click on the operating system you use; the e-Newsletter will download to wherever your downloaded files are stored. (After the download, a screen will appear asking you to "run" the software. Click on "Run" button at the bottom.) 
  6. To customize your setting, feel free to experiment with the different zoom and page transition settings. 
  7. For Help, use the "Help" button to show you how to navigate better.
Radha Madhav Dham hopes this experience will continue to inspire devotion to Radha Krishna.

Last month, Radha Madhav Dham also launched Shikhsa USA, a state-of-the-art Vedic educational community, which offers 14 traditional and modern subjects to students age 4 - 18. More than 70 students enrolled in the first semester and registration for second semester is to be announced soon. Shiksha is currently recruiting teachers of Classical dance and Indian semiclassical dance with prior teaching experience to give classes at Shiksha, which is based in Austin. Applications can be made at 

Shiksha is available on facebook at and Shiksha's website is

Video: Inaugural speech of Chirag Patel, Ph.D.

New school at Kripalu Ji Maharaj's American ashram
One of the classrooms at the newly inaugurated Shiksha at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Devotees relaxed with Swami Nikhilanand at one of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat New York centers today and enjoyed music lessons in dholak and singing of kirtan from Shree Swamiji. 

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Swami Nikhilanand Ji's Narad Bhakti Darshan lecture series, based on the lecture series by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, continues each night at the Hanuman temple, New York, and will culminate with a grand Krishna Janmashtami celebration on August 28th from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am (midnight). Here are a few glimpses of the spell-binding lecture series:

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj have been lovingly serving up sumptuous prasad dinner each night:

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

The Janmashtami 2013 preparations are already underway. Here is a picture of Shree Swamiji and the devotees with a beautifully decorated baby Shree Krishna. As well as the Krishna Janmashtami celebration at JKP New York, everyone should attend the one-of-a-kind Krishna Janmashtami 2013 celebration at JKP Radha Madhav Dham, the main US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, on August 31st.

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's devotees celebrate Janmashtami in New York

Swami Nikhilanand ji took time out of his busy schedule to take some of the East Coast devotee boys out hiking in the beautiful Virginia countryside. Yesterday August 18th 2013, Krishna Janmashtami season officially kicked off at the beautiful Hanuman Temple, New York, where Shree Swamiji will be delivering an epic 10-day lecture series on the Narad Bhakti Darshan. Based on the popular lecture series by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, this riveting devotional series is definitely not to be missed. The series will include bliss-filled chantings revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. On August 28th, we'll have the chance to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami with Shree Swamiji, which will take place from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight). Read all about this incredible opportunity here.

Dates: August 18 - 28, 2013
Times: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Daily
August 28th - Janmashtami Celebration from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight)

Hiking with Shree Swamiji and devotees of Kripalu ji Maharaj

Hiking with Shree Swamiji and devotees of Kripalu ji Maharaj

Hiking with Shree Swamiji and devotees of Kripalu ji Maharaj

Hiking with Shree Swamiji and devotees of Kripalu ji Maharaj

Hiking with Shree Swamiji and devotees of Kripalu ji Maharaj

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj's disciple lecturing at Radha Madhav Dham

Dates: August 18 - 28, 2013
Times: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Daily
August 28th - Janmashtami Celebration from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am (Midnight)

Vrindavan, July 31st 2013: Legendary sanyasi preacher Swami Nikhilanand of JKP Radha Madhav Dham is to present a powerful 11-part lecture and kirtan series on Narad Bhakti Darshan at New York's popular Hanuman Temple from August 18th - 28th. Narad Bhakti Darshan is a profound treatise on Bhakti by the first acharya of Bhakti, Devarshi Narad, in the form of 84 Sanskrit sutras (codified sentences). This series of speeches by Shree Swamiji is based on the explanation of the Narad Bhakti Darshan given by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in Hindi. This series of speeches of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is a favorite among devotees.

Although the sutras of the Narad Bhakti Darshan were written for the people of kaliyug, it is still not possible to study this scripture on one's own. As is advised by the Vedas and all other scriptures, the meaning of any Divine scripture must be learned from a God realized Saint. Even a Sanskrit scholar cannot comprehend the philosophy behind the sutras, although he may be able to translate the literal meaning of the words. Listening to the interpretations of such people only creates confusion in the mind of a seeker. But when a soul listens to the philosophy explained by a Divine personality such as Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, confusion is removed and the philosophy becomes crystal clear. The series of speeches given by Shree Kripaluji Maharaj on the Narad Bhakti Su explains all the most important aspects of bhakti and reveals many secrets about the Divine world and devotional path which one could not know simply by reading the sutras.

In his series of speeches, Swami Nikhilanand will summarize in English the speeches of Kripaluji Maharaj on the Narad Bhakti Sutra. Attendees of the 10-day program will learn the main topics of the sutras, including:

Narad bhakti sutra lectures by Kripaluji Maharaj's disciple in New York

  • the definition of bhakti (Divine love)
  • the goal of every soul is to go beyond mokch (liberation)
  • the 3 things you need to know to follow the path of bhakti
  • the relationship of a soul with God
  • the definition of true selfless bhakti
  • whether to worship multiple forms of God, or only one
  • the keys to balancing life in the world with following the path of bhakti
  • how Naradji says bhakti should be done
  • what is the best historical example of bhakti
  • why the Gopis are viewed as the topmost Saints
Of the speech series, Swami Nikhilanand says: "You should know that whatever I have said in the Narad Bhakti Sutra series is repeated from a series given by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in Hindi. It is truly one of the most amazing series of speeches ever given."

At midnight on August 28th, "chappan bhog" will be offered to Shree Krishna. Dinner prasad served daily

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, the worldwide mission of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, represented at Hindu Mandir Executive Conference 2012!
(Re-blogged from

Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj at HMEC 2012

360 delegates from 95 Hindu Mandirs and Hindu organizations gathered for the 7th annual Hindu Mandir Executive Conference (HMEC) in San Jose, CA on August 17 and 18, in a spirit of friendship. "It feels so good to be cooperating and helping each other instead of viewing each other as competitors," expressed one of the representatives. There are more than 600 Hindu Temples in North America - when you put it all together, that's a vast amount of experience and resources. HMEC gives Hindu Temples a chance to pool that experience and come up with solutions to common problems, and support every Temple's goal of perpetuating Hinduism's message to Indians living in America.

The focus of this year's conference was on how Temples can be more effective tools in passing on the teachings of Hinduism to the next generation of young Hindus in America. Representing Radha Madhav Dham, Swami Nikhilanand, a sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, shared his experiences and observations from having visited hundreds of Temples in his last 10 years of preaching across the U.S.

First and foremost, let us all put our efforts in giving kids good, lasting memories when they visit the Temples, whether that is done through teaching traditional music or dance at the Temple, or by creating a fun experience for them during the festivals and celebrations. Even if they never progress beyond that initial phase, at least they will have a positive outlook towards Hinduism.

Working from this base...

he explained further,

...the youth can be invited to participate in ongoing religion classes where they will learn the basic principals of Hinduism. There are many Temples that have established successful educational programs, and we can learn from them what the most important common elements are.

When asked,

What is the one most important thing teachers should keep in mind when addressing a youth class on Hinduism?

Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj answered, 

Don't be afraid to say 'I don't know'. If someone asks a question you don't know how to answer, do not give the traditional answer 'that's just the way it is'. Tell them that you don't know and that you'll be happy to help them find the answer.

He also went on to caution,

Please don't just send them online to find the answer, because then they'll only know what Wikipedia says. Talk to a real person.

Then, indicating the 14 Mahatmas and Pandits who had joined the conference from various organizations, he concluded,

Make use of our extensive human resources - get in touch with one of these great sources of knowledge.

At the 2010 HMEC, Swami Nikhilanand gave the keynote speech, All Religions Are Not The Same, a summary of which was published by a leading spiritual magazine in the U.S. (Hinduism Today).

HMEC, in the recent past, has successfully laid the groundwork for several networking groups such as the Coalition of Hindu Youth - formed after the 2009 HMEC to provide a forum for Hindus between the ages of 13 and 35 to share ideas on common issues (; and the Bal Vihar Network - formed after the 2010 HMEC to provide a means for the leaders of the different educational programs at Temples across North America to share ideas ( At the 2011 HMEC, the idea for a Hindu Pandits Conference (HMPC) was put forth.

This year, the very first HMPC happened in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference was arranged to encourage Pandits to come up with ways to better relate to their congregations, especially the youth. They worked to develop communication tools that would allow Pandits to connect with the people visiting Temples, and make their experience of coming to a Temple a more personal and understandable experience. This year's HMEC was hosted by the Fremont Hindu Temple of California. The conference, held in a different city every year, is an initiative by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America. This year, the event concluded on Sunday, August 19, with the annual India Day parade in Fremont, CA, where over 80,000 people gathered to celebrate India's independence. For more information on HMEC, visit

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