The North American Mahila Mandal
celebrated Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Bhagwan
Krishna at all mandirs across North America.
The celebrations commenced
with dhoon, prarthana followed by devotional kirtans accompanied
by classical Indian instruments. The audiences were taken
back in time as the skits based on the theme of the program
‘Premini preet, Bhaktini reet’ demonstrated
the unconditional affection and devotion of the gopis.
The young women and girls performed
beautifully choreographed dances adding rhythmic flare to
the festivities. In addition to this many centers also performed
Raas-garba and Kirtan Aardhana.
The grand finale was ‘Janmotsav’ – rejoicing
the birth of Shri Krishna as the child form of Shri Krishna
was cradled in a decorated cradle and devotion songs filled
the air with happiness.