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“There is no wifi in the mandir…
But you will find a better connection”
Radha Govind Dham New York
Opening: Dec 7th 2013
Address: 260-01 Hillside Ave,
New York 11004
Radha Govind Dham New York is New York’s premier Hindu Temple and the main center of Radha Krishna devotion on the East Coast of America. The temple is inspired by the great Rasik Saints of Braj such as Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. The advertised Deity Establishment Ceremony has been postponed until 2015, as devotees of Radha Krishna worldwide grieve the physical departure of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, the foremost authority on bhakti at the present time. Keeping in mind Shree Maharaj Ji’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to the public for the first time tomorrow Dec 7th 2013 and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti. All are welcome to attend this occasion. More details available at http://www.RGDNY.org and http://www.facebook.com/RGDNY
Dear Devotees and Friends of Radha Govind Dham New York
With profound grief, we inform you that Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj who was the fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5000 years, brought His visible pastimes on this earth to a close and left for the Divine Abode of Shree Radha Krishna, on November 15th, 2013.
Shree Maharajji as He was lovingly called by devotees all over the world was the embodiment of Radha Krishna bhakti and spent His entire life teaching and guiding souls to engage in selfless devotion to Radha Krishna.
As we grieve the physical departure of Shree Maharajji, the foremost authority of bhakti at the present time, Radha Govind Dham has decided to postpone the Diety Establishment Ceremony we previously announced for December 7 2013. Keeping in mind Shree Maharajji’s emphasis on the importance of satsang and kirtan, Radha Govind Dham New York will open its doors to public for the first time on that day and will remain open to serve as a center for Radha Krishna bhakti (devotion) as explained by the great Saints of Vrindavan and further expounded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.
The opening program for Radha Govind Dham New York on December 7, 2013 has been changed to the following:
11 am- 1 pm : Kirtan and live discourse by Swami Nikhilanand Ji
1 pm – 2 pm : Lunch Mahaprasad
2 pm – 3 pm : Introduction to the mission and vision of Radha Govind Dham New York
Swami Nikhilanand Ji will also give live discourse on the Significance of Radha Krishna Devotion in Kaliyug from December 8-22, 2014. The discourse will be held daily from 7 pm – 9 pm followed by dinner prasad.
Radha Govind Dham New York
Sunday, November 3, 2013
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Govardhan Pooja will be celebrated the day after Diwali.
You can bring a special dish to offer to Govardhan Maharaj.
On this day, more than 51 dishes are prepared for offering Giriraj Maharaj. There will be kirtans glorifying Giriraj Maharaj in the Temple, along with a discourse and arti. Following the arti, there will be parikrama of Govardhan Hill. As we do parikrama from the Temple steps, we’ll sing bhajans and pads celebrating the greatness of Govardhan Hill and Shree Krishna’s pastimes with His Gwalbal friends. While showering flowers on Govardhan Hill, arti will be performed, after which we’ll sing a lively bhog as we offer Him a delicious meal of foods and sweets. Lunch prasad will be enjoyed by all those present. Bring your entire family to enjoy this lively celebration.
The Hindu festival of Govardhan Pooja commemorates a childhood leela of Shree Krishna. It is the day when Krishna convinced his father and the elders of his village to perform pooja of Govardhan hill instead of worshiping the celestial god Indra. All of the Brajwasis brought the food items which were to be offered to Indra, and offered them to Govardhan hill. There was a vast array of delicacies laid out at the base of Govardhan hill. To honor the faith of the Brajwasis, Krishna appeared on top of the hill in the form of Giriraj Maharaj (the personified form of Govardhan hill) and ate all of the food that had been offered. Then the Brajwasis performed parikrama (to circumambulate in a clockwise fashion) of Govardhan while singing its glories.
When Indra saw that the Brajwasis had been convinced by a “little boy” to stop worshiping Him, his pride was hurt and he wanted to assert his power (Krishna was 7 years old at the time of this leela). He made it rain torrentially for 7 days. In order to protect the Brajwasis from the downpour, Krishna lifted Govardhan hill on the little finger of His left hand and everyone took shelter under the mountain with Krishna. They all felt lucky to spend this time in close association with Krishna, and none of them felt hungry or tired. In the end, Indra realized that his power was nothing compared to Krishna, because Krishna is supreme God and Indra is only a celestial god who receives his power from Shree Krishna. To see the joyful reenactment of the this Govardhan Pooja, watch these highlights of a past celebration at Radha Madhav Dham.
At the age of 34, Shri Maharaj Ji gave a series of lectures over ten days to the 500 scholars of Kashi Vidvat Parishat. Shri Maharaj Ji spoke in classical Sanskrit, giving innumerable quotations from the Vedas, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. He presented a unique reconciliation of the varying philosophies of the four previous Jagadgurus, Spiritual Masters of the world; Adi Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Shri Ramanujacharya, Jagadguru Shri Nimbarkacharya and Jagadguru Shri Madhavcharya.
World renowned ayurvedic teacher, speaker and author Dr Marc Helpern is to deliver an Ayurveda Workshop at the Ancient Yoga Center of Radha Madhav Dham ashram from Sept. 20 – 22, a first of it’s kind event for Texas. Dr. Halpern is the author of the critically acclaimed Healing your life, lessons on the path of Ayurveda and is respected as a powerful speaker who has devoted his life to applying Vedic knowledge for physical health.
The weekend ayurveda workshop will help participants learn how to integrate ayurveda in daily life and is particularly recommended for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, nutritionists and dietitians, holistic practitioners and healers, care givers and ayurvedic enthusiasts.
Some of the benefits participants will receive from attending the weekend workshop include the chance to enjoy ayurvedic meals for all body types, attend ayurvedic “dosha pacifying” yoga classes, hear inspiring reflections from Dr. Halpern’s own healing journey, relax and learn in the picturesque, retreat-like ashram setting of Radha Madhav Dham, learn through stimulating discussions how to integrate ayurvedic principles into daily living, explore ayurveda and how to apply the science of ayurveda to the holistic practice of yoga and yoga therapy.
Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya) is one of the pioneers of Ayurveda in the West and is considered to be a pre-eminent practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda in the United States. He is one of the few Westerners ever recognized in both the United States and in India as an authority on the subject of Ayurvedic Medicine and was awarded the All India Award for Best Ayurvedic Physician.
Fellow author and ayurvedic scholar David Frawley writes:
“Prepare yourself for an amazing journey, as Dr. Marc Halpern walks by your side as you walk the Ayurvedic path of healing.”
Online registration is now available, and anyone who signs up before Sept. 10th will avail of an early-bird reduction.