That is offered by the disciples as a matter of respect to the spiritual master.

Interviewer: You also have a garland of flowers around your neck.

Prabhupāda: That is offered by the disciples as a matter of respect to the spiritual master. It is not necessary that a sannyāsī have a garland like this, but if it is offered with respect he does not refuse.

Interviewer: Now, one more thing, you have some paint or color down your forehead and your nose and on all your followers who are here in the studio.

Prabhupāda: Yes. These marks are a temple of Kṛṣṇa. We mark these different twelve parts of the body. The idea is that we are being protected by God from all sides.

Interviewer: One other thing, I went to shake hands with everybody and I found that all your right hands were wrapped. What is the significance of that?

Prabhupāda: Yes. That wrapping... It is not exactly wrapped. It is a bag for our beads. We are chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare. So the beads are supposed to be sacred and therefore we keep it in a bag so that it may not touch the dust or any other impurities. So it is not wrapping, it is covering of the sacred beads.

 

 Radio Interview -- March 12, 1968, San Francisco

Janmashtami Festival Celebrations 2017

This year in Jaipur,we celebrated Janmashtami Festival at Janki Devi Public School Auditorium on 15th of August 2017 in high devotional spirits, pomp and above all in great joy for the holy appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; Lord Krishna.

 
It is said Harinam Sankirtan is the most auspicious of all sacrificial performances and drives away all evil from the atmosphere and also removes all impurities inside our heart .It also makes us feel happy by bringing us out from all material implications till we are chanting Lord's holy name.

Devotees performing Harinam-Sankirtan during this auspicious occasion
 
Srila Prabhupada says that there is no difference between Lord Krishna and his pastimes. 
Such pastimes are always relish-able because such pastimes immediately makes you remember the Lord.  The devotees are enacting such a drama names as "The Touchstone."






A scene from the drama
 
A devotee explaining the importance of this festival and what is the reason of Lord Krishna's Appearance
 
 The Mahabhishekam begins.....





 


 
 Sankirtan during Mahabhishekam

 



 
 

 
Lord's Paraphernalia 
 
The final midnight arati begins after Lord Krishna and His associates get ready after the Mahabhishekam



 
Dance,Dance & Dance.Devotees enjoying the darshan and the kirtan 
 
 Final Darshans



 
Some special clicks 
 The giant laddoo.....
 
 

This time we clicked our photographer too...


A toddler attends his first Janmashtami and his eyes say a lot of things