2016 Holi Celebrations at Radha Krishna Temple

2016 Holi Celebrations at Radha Krishna Temple

As spring, the king of seasons, announced its arrival in Texas, covering the landscape with blue bonnets and sunflowers, we at the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas welcomed it with our grand Rang-Birangi Phoolon ki Holi! The sweet fragrance of the roses, colorful mums, and the spring-kissed carnations filled the whole place on the afternoon of 27 March 2016!

The venue came alive, as over five hundred enthusiastic participants began to arrive, eager to experience Radha Krishna Temple’s second Holi event. We opened the event with humble prayers to the divine! Shree Radha Krishna appeared to be beaming at all the devotees and seemed to be dearly pleased with all the arrangements! As devotees eased into their seats, our talented team of singers virtually transported everyone to the holy land of Vrindavan, with their soulful rendition of Braj-style kirtans!

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The Bal-Mukund students of Frisco and Murphy impressed the audience with their flawless shlok-recitation! What was most striking was the way the sweet Bal-Mukunds explained the meaning of each shlok very clearly! Indeed, both the Bal-Mukund programs at Frisco and Murphy are actively working on delivering their promise of preserving Vedic culture among the youth!  balmukund

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The cultural programs and Bharathanatyam performances by the youth were breathtaking and evoked devotion in our hearts!  This was followed by the award ceremony for winners of the Tall Tale contest that the Gavel Club of Radha Krishna Temple conducted. His Holiness, Shree Swami Mukundanandaji blessed the winners and commended the efforts of the temple for facilitating all-round development of the community’s youth!

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In his divine speech, Swamiji explained the significance of Holi and helped us understand that the only way to overcome the three modes of Maya – tamas, rajas, and satva (ignorance, passion, and goodness) – is by immersing our mind in the color of devotion! The young and old listened ardently, as Swamiji explained with various examples, as to how to keep our mind and surroundings filled with positivity! The audience found Swamiji’s discourse very relevant to their current situations!

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Finally, the much awaited flower petal Holi began with Swamiji singing “Nandgoan ka chora he, Barsane ki Chori he.” All the feet in the hall instantly began to move and dance to Swamiji’s stimulating kirtans! We showered rose petals on baby Radha and Krishna deities as Swamiji and devotees took turns carrying their basinet and dance joyfully!

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While all the hearts filled with devotion and joy, Radha Krishna Temple youth volunteers filled our plates with a variety of delicious Indian snacks and food. It was indeed very heartening to experience the hospitality of the youth volunteers. The path of Shree Radha Krishna is selfless love and that reflected in the event and in every action of the volunteers, from start to finish! Congratulations to all volunteers on the grand success of Rang-Birangi Phoolon Ki Holi!

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For more pictures, visit Radha Krishna Temple Facebook.

10 Comments
  • Pooja Raghunath
    Posted at 07:20h, 02 April Reply

    Relived the moment! Beautifully described!! Holi 2016 by Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas was indeed unique in all ways.

  • Manjushree Rath
    Posted at 08:28h, 02 April Reply

    Real Celebration. Thanks to the organizers as well as participants.

    • PURNA CHANDRA BRAHMA
      Posted at 03:54h, 12 May Reply

      The word “REAL” is very true in the presence of Swamiji>>>>>> The Holi Celebration.

  • Smita
    Posted at 12:36h, 02 April Reply

    I too really enjoyed reading the soulful description of the Holi events that took place last weekend. One of the beautiful memories from Swamiji’s narration regarding Prahlad’s story was the question that he asked the devotees: “What boon did Prahlad ask Lord Vishnu after the annihilation of Hiranyakashipu?” The answer to this question was, “Prahlad asked the Lord to grant him the boon that he would never ask anything to the Lord again in the future.” What a beautiful thought! The divinity experienced by all the guests and devotees at this celebration can only be evident in their blissful pictures and in this blog!

    • Dale
      Posted at 12:56h, 02 April Reply

      Radhey Radhey
      Thank you for sharing this, Smita. Your comments brought what I see in the pictures to life. Wish I had been there. So happy that everyone was able to hear Swamji’s comments on the meaning of the celebration! A very inspiring Holi celebration brimming with petals of devotion!

      • Smita
        Posted at 20:46h, 06 April Reply

        Yes indeed! It was so lovely to see Swamiji showering petals on everyone when the moment arrived! Everyone was provided with flower petals and it was like a petal-storm! So divine and full of love. Maybe next year you can come to Dallas for Holi, Dale! It will be a lot warmer here than the weather in Colorado! 🙂

  • Aarti
    Posted at 12:58h, 02 April Reply

    My whole family, from grandparents to kids enjoyed the event thoroughly!!! Thank you Radha Krishna Temple !

  • Dilip Kumar Nayak
    Posted at 09:27h, 18 April Reply

    It’s a great opportunity for the devotees to celebrate holi in a temple along with a true saint.

  • Annapurna das
    Posted at 06:09h, 23 April Reply

    The great opportunity to celebration holi in the radha Krishna temple of Dallas with bal mukund students,nd swamiji… Beautiful program…..

  • subhrajit tripathy
    Posted at 04:19h, 03 May Reply

    ho..ho..ho…ho…holi hai,,,,

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