Janmashtami celebrated at BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, Robbinsville, NJ

The epic of Mahabharat being enacted at BAPS Swaminarayan temple at Robbinsville, NJ Sept. 7, 2023. PHOTO: BAPS

Devotees thronged to the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, in Robbinsville, NJ, Sept. 7, 2023, to celebrate Janmashtami, observing the birth of Lord Krishna.

The program consisted of incidents capturing Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s life and teachings, spiritual discourses, prayers, and also the epic tale of Mahabharat enacted.

Among the spiritual leaders who addressed the devotees was Shrutiprakashdas Swami who delved into the Shrimad Bhagvad Gita; scholar Mahāmahōpādhyāya Pujya Bhadreshdas Swami; Ishwarcharandas Swami and others.

The epic tale of the Mahabharat was dramatically re-enacted, emphasizing Arjun’s choice of Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s divine strength over sheer military might, symbolizing that true victory lies in unwavering faith in God, a press release from BAPS said.

Youth simulating Shri Krishna’s playful act of breaking pots to get butter in his childhood, at Sept. 7, 2023, Janmashtami celebrations at BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Robbinsville, NJ.

Following a dance depicting Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s childhood story, the celebration concluded with various Janmashtami traditions, and devotional songs. Finally, youths formed a human pyramid recreating Bhagwan Krishna’s playful act of breaking pots to get butter in his childhood.

Among the attendees was New Jersey Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo, who expressed appreciation for the warmth and outreach of the community. Dr. Hari Eppanapally of Elysium Ventures and Andrew Dinsmore from U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ office in Delaware were also honored at the celebration.



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