This week, the ISKCON Temple in Detroit http://www.detroitiskconlive.com/index.html will be holding a festival celebrating the appearance of the Divine Consort of Lord Krishna, Sri Radhastami! The actual day is Thursday, but the celebration lasts from Thursday the 12th, until Sunday the 15th. All are welcome, and the event is free.
Many of us are familiar with the Hare Krishnas and their missionaries amongst us, if you grew up in the seventies like I did. The clean shaven head, the chanting, the saffron robes, all were an exotic mystery. As adults, we learned that this was a sign of adherence to a creed to worship and honor Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity. The male version of Divine Love. The feminine consort of this personage is Sri Radhastami.
For those unfamiliar with the story of Sri Radhastami, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radhastami. As is fitting with the event, flower offerings are being accepted before 2 o'clock on Sunday, so they may be used in the ceremonies. This is a joyous day, and blessings will be showered upon all who attend. Who knows, maybe you will find pure devotion.
A free feast for all is to be held, and the fare is vegetarian. The Temple is located in the Historic Fisher Mansion, located at 383 Lenox Avenue. The Humanities student in you will thank you for attending. The divine in you will recognize the beauty of the day.
Expect to see devotees adorned in flowers, if you have not attended this holiday before. This is the first time that the Detroit Temple shall be celebrating the holiday, so it is a historic time. Do not miss it.
For more information about the religion that swept the world in the seventies,and the man who brought it about, please watch the video that is juxtapose this article.
To contact the Temple for more information, please call Venugopal Dev at 313-359-2666.
To find out more about Lord Krishna, please visit http://www.sanatansociety.org/hindu_gods_and_goddesses/krishna.htm.