Happy Birthday, Lord Krishna!
Sunday (8/21) is the birthday of Lord Krishna.
It is being celebrated on Sunday night with a 6:15 puja and kirtan at the Sivanada Yoga Vedanta Center, 1246 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
It is also being celebrated Sunday from 6pm to Midnight at IKSCON Chicago, 1716 W. Lunt. They're even offering free valet parking!
Both events are free.
From Swami Sivananda:
This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is observed on this day, which is broken at midnight.
Temples are decorated for the occasion. Kirtans are sung, bells are rung, the conch is blown, and Sanskrit hymns are recited in praise of Lord Krishna. At Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, special spiritual gatherings are organised at this time. Pilgrims from all over India attend these festive gatherings.
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Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!