Dear devotees, dear friends.
Please accept our humble obeisances and all glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Special Auspicious Sundayfeast on 25th of March, the Appearance Day of Lord Ramachandra.
(fasting till sunset)
Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.3.22
Please come and celebrate this auspicious Appearance in association with so many joyful devotees in the temple.
The program will be as follows
Sunday Love Feast ! – March 25
- 15:00 – 16:00 h – Special Ramachandra’s Bhajan
- 16:00 – 17:00 h – Lecture about Lord Rama’s Appearance Day by Bhakta Valentin
- 17:00 – 17:45 h – Gaura Arati & announcements
- 17:45 – 18:45 h – Prasadam
- 19:00 – 20:00 h – Bhajan
We are looking forward to see you!
—– For Harinam (through the city) on the Saturday —–
Please contact Bhaktin Linda via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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RKD: 1.2: The Birth of Rāma
Daśaratha, his desire fulfilled, dwelt happily in Ayodhya awaiting the birth of his sons. The Brahmins and kings who had assembled for the sacrifice left for their various abodes, sent on their way with kind words and gifts by the emperor. Four seasons passed. Then, at a time when favorable stars were visible in the heavens, Kaushalya gave birth to a son named Rāma.
Though Rāma was the Lord of creation, Kaushalya saw Him simply as her own dear child. She held Him tight to her bosom, overwhelmed with motherly affection and unable to recognize His divinity. Coming out of the delivery room, Kaushalya shone brilliantly with that baby boy, who had eyes like lotus petals.
Next, a son named Bharat was born from Kaikeyi; and from Sumitra, who had received two portions of ambrosia, were born twin sons, Lakṣman and Shatrughna. All three boys resembled celestials and they seemed to blaze with their splendor.
In the heavens Gandharvas, heavenly musicians, began to sing melodiously while bevies of Apsarās danced. Kettledrums resounded in the sky and showers of flowers fell upon the earth. In Ayodhya, the streets quickly became crowded with rejoicing citizens. Minstrels, bards and chanters of sacred hymns gathered in every quarter, glorifying the birth of Rāma and His brothers. The city, decorated all over with colorful flags and garlands, looked beautiful.
King Daśaratha, overwhelmed with happiness, gave a large heap of shining jewels to the Brahmins and arranged for a feast to be distributed to his entire kingdom. Vasiṣṭha joyfully performed the name-giving ceremony and all the other rites of passage for the brothers.
Of all the brothers Rāma was especially glorious. His attractive body had the hue of a celestial emerald. Dressed in the finest silk and adorned with golden ornaments, he captured the mind of all who saw him. Rāma was devoted to his father’s service. He took delight in the science of archery and quickly mastered the arts of horseback and elephant riding, as well as the various methods of driving a chariot.
Lakṣman was deeply attached to His elder brother Rāma from His infancy. He was like a second self to Rāma, and He pleased Him in every way. Unless Lakṣman was present, Rāma would neither sleep nor eat. Whenever Rāma went out to the forest to hunt, Lakṣman would follow at His heels, guarding Him on all sides.
Shatrughna was just as dear to Bharata, and These two brothers were also inseparable.
1072 RD Amsterdam
Also we started to collect laxmi for the Chariot Festival of Lord Jagganatha, Lord Balaram and Subadhra Maharani (Ratha Yatra) on 11th of August 2018.
After an ecstatic parade through the streets of Amsterdam the festival will be continued on the DAM, which by the Lords presence will be transformed into an Ocean of Mercy.
Come and grab it!
Your donation for making this Ratha Yatra a reality can also be transferred to the bankaccount mentioned above. Don’t miss this incredible opportuny to, by financially contributing, obtain the SPECIAL blessings of Their Lordships!!!
Temple Board ISKCON Amsterdam
Gita Govinda devi dasi (Chairwoman)
Ananta Prema das (Vice Chairman)
Mukti Dhatri devi dasi (General Member)
Assisted by Bhakta Tony and Bhaktin June
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare