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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is celebrating “Sri Krishna Janmashtami” on September 5, 2015, Saturday at its center off the ECR. Celebrations will begin from early morning 4 am and continue until 1 am the next day.

Special arrangements have been made to ensure smooth vehicle parking, quick movement in darshan lines and archanaseva. Prasadam will be served to all visitors.

There will be a cultural program in the evening. Padma BhushanDr. Padma Subrahmanyam will grace the occasion as Special Guest. There is a dance event and a Tamil drama on ‘Sudama, the Friend of Krishna’ directed and acted by Mr. Danushof tele-serials 63 Nayanmargal and Ramanujar fame.

The main highlight of the day will be the elaborate Maha-abhisheka to the utsava deities Sri SriRadha Krishna Chandravali beginning from 10.30pm and culminating with Mahaarati and sankirtana at 12 midnight, coinciding with the time of Krishna’s birth.

The next day, September 6, popularly celebrated as Nandotsav, is also the appearance day of SrilaPrabhupada, the founder acharya of ISKCON. This is the 119th appearance anniversary of Prabhupada and the day is observed as his Vyas Puja as the spiritual master is the representative of SrilaVyasadeva.

This year is very special for ISKCON as it celebrates the 50th year of its incorporation (1965-2015). The year-long celebrations began with a massive program in Kolkatta marking the determined voyage that SrilaPrabhupada began at the age of 69 from the port of Kolkata on the 13th of August 1965, to Buttler, Pennsylvania. Spectacular events were held on that day and two records were made in the Guinness book. One was for the most number of countries represented in a chorus – devotees of ISKCON from 108 countries of the world sang together. The other was for the most number of people performing yoga.