What is the pleasure that the soul is looking for….love. And love is expressed through service. The meaning of service is to please Krishna, the all attractive one. By Srila Prabhupad’s great kindness, he has enlightened us with this most wonderful culture of Krishna Consciousness and to engage our loving propensity in service, he has gifted us many beautiful vaisnava festivals. Pusyabhishek (or Pushpabhishek) is one of such joyous occasions when multitude of devotees come together to offer Their Lordships a unique, once in a year, bathing & decorating with huge amounts of soft, fragrant and colorful flower petals.
“Krishna was just a toy in the hands of the Gopis, so one day the Gopis decided that we shall decorate Him. Pusyabhisheka means a ceremony to decorate the deity profusely with flowers, ornaments, cloths.” (Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Danavir, 20/11/1971, Delhi)
On 4th and 11th of this month, ISKCON Pune celebrated this amazing Pusyabhishek festival at Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan-Chandra temple (at New Vedic Cultural Centre, Katraj-Kondhwa bypass) & Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari temple (Camp) respectively. Throughout the day, devotees, gathered together in large numbers, plucked millions of flower petals. The evenings witnessed showering of these flower petals on Their Lordships amidst soul-stirring Kirtan, while hundreds & thousands of devotees & visitors, in a fully packed temple hall, watched in sheer joy and amazement the grandeur of the charming glorification of the Supreme Lordships. Everyone present sang in unison and chorus the sweet mahamantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare” and the songs like “Phoolon mein saj rahe hain, sri vrindavan vihari/ aur sang mein saj rahi hain, vrishbhanu ki dulari.”
All visitors were served with a sumptuous feast of Paav-bhaji, Masala rice, Firani sweet, Gulab Jaamun etc. We are posting some of the sweetest glimpses of divine celebration, courtesy to our Photography team.