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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 kids at Radha Madhav Dham

Radha Madhav Dham launched "Kripalu Kids" last month

We had 27 youth attend. We opened up the conversation by asking the youth about their experiences coming to Radha Madhav Dham and what they knew about Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj. Many of the youth expressed that they love coming to Radha Madhav Dham and have been coming for many years and all are attending the Shiksha School of Indian Arts and Culture. We asked the youth to describe what 'bhakti' means to them also. 

Divine compositions of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj

Sunday afternoons after lunch the youth eet in the prayer hall and have a 'devotional jam session' and get an opportunity to express their love for God and Guru by singing and playing on instruments to the Divine compositions of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj.

For those who like to express themselves artistically or poetically, they will be given a chance to write and draw and express their love in those ways as well. They all agreed they would like to have dance, bhajan, art and writing competitions in the near future.

In addition, one of the college students attending came forward and asked to facilitate the 'Kripalu Kids meetings. She will be using "Always Remember" quotes from Prem Ras Madira and helping the youth apply Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj's timeless teachings to their daily lives.

We ended the meeting with a very fun game of hitting the pinata and gathering up lots of candy and prizes.

Pictures are available at Radha Madhav Dham facebook.
Jai Shree Radhey!
Gopal Das

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Bhagavad Gita English at Radha Madhav Dham, ashram of Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Bhagavad Gita Saptah is an 8-day series given by Swami Nikhilanand Ji, sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas. These Bhagavad Gita English lectures were given during Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham temple. 

Shreemad Bhagavad Gita is a Divine discourse spoken by Lord Krishna Himself (The Song of God). The Bhagavad Gita reveals the purpose and goal of human existence. It is also the most popular of all the Hindu scriptures, all of which are eternal and reproduced on the Earth planet at regular intervals, merely for the guidance of the souls.

Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagava Gita. Learn to apply the practical and simple teachings, which Bhagwan Shree Krishna Himself taught to Arjun 5,000 years ago, into your everyday life. Find practical answers to your life questions; discover the real meaning of human existence, based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj.

Exciting News: Swami Nikhilanand is presenting Family Gita Class - A class for kids, youth and parents at Canoga Park High School, Topanga, California during Spring Break, April 13th - 19th 2014. For more information, visit the website at, or call Ravinder Soni at 323-861-1417.

8-Part Bhagavad Gita lectures by Swami Nikhilanand, pracaharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

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Radha Madhav Dham Holi 2014 of Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj

March 28th 2014 (Indo American News and Voice of Asia): A Magical Experience of Colors at Radha Madhav Dham. It was a beautiful day at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, on March 15 2014, where over 4000 people gathered to celebrate the Indian festival of Holi 2014 despite weather forecasts of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Although the day started with showers in the morning, it stopped by 2 PM when the actual festivities began. The festival of Holi 2014 marks the onset of spring, and is celebrated in unique 'Braj' style at Radha Madhav Dham every year.

People assembled on the grounds of the Ashram, founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, and enjoyed the tastes, sights and sounds of India as they were greeted by peacocks, deer and singing birds. Throngs of people flocked around the food booths eager to taste the delectable Indian dishes like freshly made dosas, paav bhaji, chhole bhature, chaat, samose mango lassi and hot jalebis, not to mention delicately spiced hot chai for a cold rainy day.

Inside the prayer hall, the deities of Radha and Krishna looked stunning in special Holi 2014 Shringar (adornments) that included charming hues of holi powder on their cheeks, beautifully decorated pichkaris placed at their feet, painting a colorful depiction of the festival of Holi that originated in the land of Braj (Vrindavan) in India, 5000 years ago.

Programs throughout the day included Swami Nikhilanand ji's (a sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj) explanation of the spiritual significance of "Braj Style" Holi, spectacular enactment of the legendary story of young Prahalad's victory over Holika and Hiryanakashipu and a cultural program showcasing children's performances of folk and classical Indian dances.

Around 6 PM, people started gathering at the Maharas Mandal to play with colors. Loud cries of "Ho Ho Ho Ho Holi Hai" were heard from the grounds. The atmosphere quickly turned exuberant and joyful colors of spring could be seen flying everywhere creating clouds of pink, purple, blue and red hues in the air. A live band played the saxophone and guitar on ancient Braj tunes and got everyone dancing in excitement and merriment. People from all walks of life, young and old, Indian and Western, and devotees of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, opened their hearts in sharing the joy and celebrating the human values of compassion, forgiveness and love, that underlies the spirit of Holi.

A Magical Experience of Colors at Radha Madhav Dham

In the words of a visitor, Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, was a magical experience that will be remembered for a long time to come. "Thank you for allowing Gabriel and me to be a part of Holi. It was a very magical experience for both of us. Gabriel is still talking about it"- Facebook comment by Lynn Peach

For further information on this Holi event, check out our facebook page for event photos at

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HSSUS camp at Radha Madhav Dham with Kripalu Ji Maharaj disciple

Central Texas chapter of HSSUS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA) had their annual family camp at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin. 108 attended this camp. Here are a few glimpses of Swami Nikhilanand, pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, with the HSSUS camp participants. Check Radha Madhav Dham - Official facebook page for more.
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Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj devotees celebrate Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham

See one visitors account of Radha Madhav Dham Austin Holi here.

Despite days of severe weather warnings of tornadoes and thunderstorms, scattered showers throughout the night before and the morning of, over 4,500 people came out to celebrate Braj style Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham.

The rain stopped as soon as the festivities began around 2 pm in the afternoon. People started streaming into the temple, sat through Holi 2014 sankirtan and were mesmerized by special Holi shringar of Radha Krishna.

As they strolled outside, they enjoyed a mini-mela (traditional Indian fair) atmosphere serving variety of freshly prepared Indian food, offering train rides around ashram grounds, presenting items and information from different vendors, and buzzing with numerous kids' games and activities.

Against all odds, the clouds started scattering around 3:30 pm just before the start of a carefully prepared cultural program showcasing children's performances of folk and classical Indian dances. Swami Nikhilanand Ji explained the crowd the spiritual significance of Holi 2014, devotion of Prahlad and the charm of Braj style Holi played by Radha Krishna.

The cultural program concluded with a beautiful enactment of the Prahlad leela which was meticulously prepared by the devotees and thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd.

By now, the clouds had scattered, the sun was out and colors of Holi 2014 at Radha Madhav Dham started flying at the Maharas Mandal.

Swami Nikhilanand's Bhagavad Gita lecture series begins at Radha Madhav Dham

Note: Swami Nikhilanand's 7-day Bhagavad Gita saptah lecture series began yesterday. These special lectures are based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Watch first Bhagavad Gita lecture here, follow the series at Radha Madhav Dham youtube!

Gita Saptah Serses at Radha Madhav Dham after Kripalu Ji Maharaj's Holi 2014
Swami Nikhilanand Ji to lead Gita Saptah Series at Radha Madhav Dham

Gita Saptah Series by Swami Nikhilanand
March 15 - 23, 2014: A 7-day series on Gita for daily living at Radha Madhav Dham Austin

The Bhagwat Gita is a Conversation from God and has teachings that are as relevant for modern living as in the ancient world. Listen to Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj explain the teachings of Bhagwat Gita in simple and practical ways, and learn how to bring these teachings into your daily life.

Dates and Times

Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lectures: Monday - Saturday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday Lectures: 1:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday Lunch: 1:00 pm

Radha Madhav Dham Holi 2014

Kripalu Ji Maharaj's Holi 2014 in Austin at Radha Madhav Dham USA
Holi 2014 will take place at Radha Madhav Dham, US ashram of Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj this Saturday

Swami Nikhilanand Ji's Gita Saptah Series at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, begins the day after Holi 2014 at the temple in Austin. 

Above: Krishna playing Holi with devotees at Radha Madhav Dham Austin! Join us for "Holi Hai" 2014 at your Temple this Saturday. Best Holi 2014 experience ever, which combines fun and spiritual dimensions. Austin's biggest bash of the year. Great yearly day out for Family, Friends and Students in Austin. Live band. Festival of colors. Be there!
Date: This Saturday. Time: 2 PM to 8 PM
RSVP Here:

Special promotion for Radha Madhav Dham Holi 2014

Visit and LIKE our new official Radha Madhav Dham facebook fanpage to view the Holi 2014 promotional message. Say this promotional message with energy, enthusiasm and style on Holi Day, March 15 2014, at the Radha Madhav Dham Booth in Austin, in order to retrieve your $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes or get a free train ride around the ashram.

Kripaluji Maharaj ashes ceremony at Radha Madhav Dham on December 29th

On Sunday, December 29, 2013, Radha Madhav Dham invites all spiritual aspirants to join in a shobha yatra (ceremonial procession) to offer their shraddhasuman pushpanjali (respects) to Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj.

India - the sacred land of the Vedas, the Himalayas, and the Ganga, the spiritual center of the world and the birthplace of great thinkers, Saints & Acharyas grieved the departure of a great rasik Saint who was the embodiment of the sacred knowledge of the Vedic scriptures. Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years, left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna on November 15, 2013. 

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, Shree Maharajji as he was lovingly called by devotees all over the world, tirelessly worked for the spiritual advancement of souls for 91 years, inspiring millions around the world to realize the importance of their precious human birth and utilize it for God realization. 

Exhibiting mastery over the most advanced subjects at a very young age, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj completed his education by the age of 16. By the mid-1950s, fame of his unparalleled knowledge spread far and wide across India and even inspired Kashi Vidvat Parishat, an exclusive body of 500 most revered Vedic scholars, to unanimously proclaim him as Jagadguruttam - the supreme Jagadguru of this age. 

After Jagadguru Shree Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Nimbarkacharya and Madhavacharya, Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj was the fifth original Jagadguru.

Through countless lectures, Shree Maharaj Ji explained the most complex teachings of Hindu scriptures in a simple, practical manner. He also provided a vast spectrum of devotional materials, including Prem Ras Siddhant, a masterpiece that establishes Bhakti as the easiest and the surest path to God; 1,008 original pads (devotional songs) and thousands of other Radha Krishna bhajans and kirtans that can be understood by people of all ages and backgrounds. He emphasized roopdhyan (actively engaging the mind while meditating on the form, virtues and Divine actions of God) to be the most important part of Bhakti for God realization. 

Along with spiritual upliftment, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj through his worldwide religious and charitable organization, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, undertook significant charitable and educational projects to improve the quality of life for the impoverished and underprivileged segments of the Indian society. Three hospitals, in Mangarh, Vrindavan and Barsana, today provide 100% free medical care and medicine to thousands of severely impoverished people. A world-class K-12 school and a college offers free education for poor women and children who would never get the chance for academic education. In addition, special clinics provide cataract surgery for the poor, specially designed vehicles are made for the handicapped; and essential clothing, blankets and household items are given to widows, lepers, blind and homeless people with regular frequency to sustain them. 

For the spiritual benefit of souls, he also established divine monuments like Prem Mandir in Vrindavan, and Bhakti Mandir in his birthplace Mangarh.

Established in 1990, Radha Madhav Dham, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's ashram in Austin, Texas, is today one of the largest Hindu temples in the U.S. where visitors experience the same devotional environment that prevailed in the ancient ashrams and spiritual centers of rasik Saints 500 years ago. The ashram measuring over 200 acres is a reminiscent of the holy land of Braj in India. 

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's sacred ashes at Radha Madhav Dham, USA

Shree Maharaj Ji's divya asthi (sacred ashes) have been brought to Radha Madhav Dham to be permanently established at a monument that will be dedicated to him at Radha Madhav Dham in Austin, Texas. It is a great fortune for spiritual aspirants in the West who will continue to draw inspiration from this monument for years to come. 

For more information, you may call Radha Madhav Dham Temple at 512-288-7180 or email to

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