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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

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Bhagavad Gita at Unitarian Universalist Society Stamford by Kripalu Ji Maharaj disciple

Family Gita Class Chapters 13 - 18, with Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

A class for kids, youth & parents
... adults without kids also welcome

· Each day we will cover the main topics of one chapter of the Bhagavad Gita in a fun & interactive way that emphasizes the practical concepts that can be applied in daily life
· Each day will conclude with a family game of Jeopardy to review that chapter's knowledge
· Prizes for perfect attendance
· Class material appropriate for ages 6 & up

Venue: The Unitarian Universalist Society
20 Forest Street,
Stamford, Connecticut 06904

Dates & Time:
Monday, March 31 - Saturday, April 5th
7:00 - 8:30 pm daily
Dinner prasad will be served daily after the programs

Info & Registration: Call Vineet Kapoor at 706-888-4734

Swami Nikhilanand is a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj, speaking all over the U.S. about various aspects of Hinduism and the path of bhakti. He has an immense understanding of Sanatan Dharm and a unique ability to capture his audience (adults and children alike) with the scientific and logical basis of the universal principles of Hinduism, devotion and meditation.

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
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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.

Holi 2014 at Radha Madhva Dham, ashram of Kripaluji Maharaj
Holi 2014 at Radha Madhva Dham Austin, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Radha Madhav Dham USA, the main center of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu ji Maharaj in America, is pleased to present "Holi Hai", an exuberant and interactive celebration of the Indian festival of color, from 2 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The program will be held at Radha Madhav Dham Austin's beautiful outdoor facilities and will comprise activities for all ages.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Holi Hai! 

Come and join us for the most spectacular celebration of colors at Radha Madhav Dham Austin's beautiful outdoor facilities, which will comprise activities for all ages.

Play Holi 2014, the Festival of Colors, in the unique 'Braj style' that blends playfulness with devotion, so we can have tons of family fun while we do fond and loving remembrance of Radha and Krishna's Divine pastimes. 

Schedule of Outdoor Activities at Radha Madhav Dham Holi
  • 2:00 - 6:00 PM All Rides, Games and Booths Open 
  • 2:00 - 8:00 PM Food Court Opens 
  • 4:00 - 4:30 PM Dance Performances 
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM Enactment of Holi Leela 
  • 5:00 - 5:30 PM Discourse on Significance of Holi 
  • 5:30 - 6:00 PM Dance Performances 
  • 6:00 - 6:45 PM Play Holi with Colors 
  • 6:45 - 7:15 PM Holika Dahan (Holi Bonfire) 
Schedule of Activities Inside the Radha Madhav Dham Temple 
  • 2:00 - 4:00 PM Holi Bhajans (Kirtans) revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM & 3:30 - 4:00 PM Introduction to Hinduism (in B Bay) 
  • 7:30 - 9:00 PM Arti and Satsang
So, bring your family, friends and neighbors and join the Holi 2014 celebration at Radha Madhav Dham Austin. Attendance and parking are free, and all are welcome. It's a joy you will love remembering. 

For more information, go online 

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Like Radha Madhav Dham Facebook Fan Page to view our Holi promotional message.

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

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Radha Madhav Dham Holi 2014 Schedule:
  • 2:00 pm- Booths open
  1. Delicious Delicacies of India
  2. Game booths, prizes, petting zoo, inflatables...
  3. Q&A with Swami Nikhilanand Ji (inside the Temple)
  • 3:30 pm- Cultural Dances - outdoor stage
  • 5:00 pm- Holi Leela Performance - outdoor stage
  • 5:30 pm- Talk by Swami Nikhilanand Ji - outdoor stage
  • 6:00 pm- Play Holi to a Live Band - Maha Raas Mandal
  • 7:15 pm- Holi Bonfire - behind the Temple
  • 7:30 pm- Arti - Maha Raas Shrine
  • 8:00 pm- End.

Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj's disciple Swami Nikhilanand at Hindu Temple of Fresno

The Essence of the Gita Part 3, Chapters 13 - 18 with Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple and pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Venue: Hindu Temple of Fresno. 
7699 E. Alluvial Avenue, 
Clovis, California 93611

Dates and Times:
March 2 - 8, 2014
Sunday March 2nd, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday March 3rd, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday March 4th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Wednesday March 5th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Thursday March 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Friday March 7th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Saturday March 8th, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Contact: Monica Joshi (559) 325-2413

Swami Nikhilanand was first exposed to Hinduism at the age of 25. Since then, he has spent the last 15 yeas studying the philosophy of the Sanskrit scriptures and practicing bhakti under, the guidance of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj. He resides, at the largest Hindu ashram in the US, Radha Madhav Dham, In Austin, TX.
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In this lecture, Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and teacher at JKP Radha Madhav Dham, explains the philosophy of God realization and becoming a Saint. He shares the life history of Prahlad, an important Saints from the history of India and explains what we can learn from him to help us find God in this life. The life history of Prahlad, and the story of how he was saved by God from being killed by demons, is the real meaning of Holi. This lecture is based on the teachings of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.

Experience Holi from your home!

Historic live streaming of Holi: Radha Madhav Dham's techies have been hard at work to make sure that each and every one of us can participate and feel included in their grand and joyous Holi celebration on March 30th, 2013. With today's advanced technology, now we can see, feel, experience and enjoy one of the best, most fun, most spiritual Holi celebrations in the whole world right from our own home!

Please distribute the link far and wide, so that as many people as possible can benefit from this historic opportunity to be part of the Holi celebrations in the very abode of Radha Krishna in the west:

Live Streaming of Holi 2013 from Radha Madhav Dham begins at 3:00 pm Central Standard Time, March 30th

International Time Conversions

Pacific Standard Time 1:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Central Standard Time 3:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Eastern Standard Time 4:00 pm Saturday March 30th
UK/Ireland 8:00 pm Saturday March 30th
Paris/Rome/Warsaw 9:00 pm Saturday March 30th
India 01:30:00 Sunday Saturday MARCH 31st
Kathmandu 01:45:00 Sunday MARCH 31st
Singapore/Beijing 04:00:00 Sunday MARCH 31st

Live Viewing Schedule

  • Chanting of Braj-style Holi songs and chants revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
  • Listen to Swami Nikhilanand's talk on Holi 
  • Do arti of Shree Maharajji & Radha Krishna 
  • (Take a break from live broadcast during dinner) 
  • Watch glimpses of Krishna & gwalbaals 
  • See snippets of Holi play to a live band

Shared from Shree Kripaluji Maharaj blog

Come celebrate a traditional, braj-style Holi at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
Radha Madhav Dham, where the people are as diverse as the Holi colors; Let's Play

A conversation about Holi conjures up many different things for different people. Like all of our great Hindu festivals, Holi has numerous aspects; social, cultural, religious and spiritual. One thing that devotees and the community in America can enjoy in common though is the traditional Braj-style Holi at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The thousands of people who come play Holi at this veritable Shangri-La of the Occident, and their reasons for coming, are as numerous and multifarious as the colors of Holi itself. That's what makes Holi at Radha Madhav Dham all the more unique, special and beautiful.

Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
"Turn back my friend, or prepare to get colored!"

Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi pracharak of Jagadguru Shree KripaluJI Maharaj, our dear Swamiji, explains:

"Hindu festivals are so many that they would be impossible to count, but almost all of them commemorate some leela or Divine historical event. Holi is the day that Krishna protected His devotee Prahlad from being killed in a fire. The true meaning of any Hindu holiday/festival is to remember that the aim of life is to find God. We are supposed to remember this all the time, but the various festivals help us to re-focus our energy in this direction."

The Holi plays of Radha Krishna, which took place from time to time during their life, 5000 years ago, illustrate some of the highest platforms of Transcendental bliss, the meditation of which reveals deep experiences in the heart of a Radha Krishna devotee. Having the chance to actually play Holi in such a spiritually charged atmosphere as Radha Madhav Dham, keeping the feeling that you are participating in a real Holi scene with Radha Krishna, watching Krishna leelas being enacted by the devotees, feeling the Holi colors pour down on your body, mind and soul and listening to Holi songs revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj from a live band are most conducive circumstances for feeling the sublime and all-enrapturing states of Radha Krishna love.

On the cultural and social level, nothing builds a lifetime bond with someone like throwing colored powered on them and having them throw colored powder on you. Nothing says "I love you!" like smearing moist powder in someone's face! And this is also a perfectly valid reason to participate in Holi. Building friendships, getting to know people you always wanted to but couldn't, leaving aside past prejudices and misunderstandings in the spirit of the celebration are all part and parcel of the overall Holi experience. Holi is one of those "holistic" experiences that you really have to take part in once to understand.

The most important thing about Holi is to make it your own. Make your own day which you'll always remember and think about. The Holi play this year will have many unique and enjoyable features including a live band singing Holi songs from Braj to liven up the environment. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in the traditional burning of demon Holika's effigy. This act helps to remind ourselves that evil always burns in the face of good. The deeper significance of Holi & Holika are included in the "Holi talk" by Swami Nikhilanand, which will be presented in English. A delicious Dinner Prasad cooked by the Austin community will be served after the temple program ends and before the outdoor Holi play begins.

Radha Krishna Holi 2013 at Jagadguru Kripalu Maharajaji's ashram in Austin
Radha Krishna Holi Darshan at Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj

The highlight of the Holi celebration is the chance to receive the Holi darshan of Radha Krishna, who are the very heart and soul of Radha Madhav Dham. Meditating silently on the beautiful scene or joining the chanting is a really wonderful experience.

The preparation for Holi is extensive and you really feel it on the day. You see it in the faces of the devotees, as weeks' of feelings of gulal making, days of food management and all the necessary preparations required for such an event are just released on the day. Everyone lets loose and looses themselves in the magic of the day. "It's all for Radha Rani", they say.

This year is expected to be the grandest and most colorful festival ever celebrated at Radha Madhav Dham. A devotee told me that all the rooms have been booked up, weeks in advance. So all you have to do now is mark you calendars, get your old clothes out, pack your bags and head home to Radha Madhav Dham! Jai Shree Radhey!

Holi Schedule 
3:00 p.m. Chant Braj-style Holi Pads and Chants revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripalu Ji Maharaj
4:00 p.m. Listen to Swami Nikhilanand Ji's talk on Holi
5:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious Dinner Prasad
6:00 p.m. Watch Holika burn in the Holi Bonfire
6:30 p.m. Celebrate with Holi Colors to a Live Band
7:30 p.m. Join Satsang in the Temple Hall

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