North America's first hand-built temple for Vaishnav-Hindus will host several cultural events

Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 13:48
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – North America’s first hand-built temple for Vaishnav-Hindus at 26 Church St. will be the site of several cultural events this weekend.

Members of the Vaishnav Parivar of Connecticut, based at Newington’s Vallabhdham Temple, will come together to celebrate the birth of their Lord Krishna on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20.

Known as Janmashtami, the holiday celebration is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. with Panchamrit Snan, a ritual during which food is offered to the Gods.

Friday’s schedule will continue with various Darshan, or prayer and the viewing of deities throughout the day.

At 11 p.m. the party will officially begin with Sangeet Sandhya, including music and fun. At the stroke of midnight devotees plan to break their day of fasting with a feast, also known as Prasad, and celebrate Krishna’s birthday.

Local residents may remember Vallabhdham’s Festival of Colors or “Holi” this past March, which marked the beginning of spring. It was open to the public and over 1500 people attended.

This weekend’s events are primarily for Vallabhdham members.

On Saturday the church will take part in Nand Mahotsav, celebrated the day after Krishna’s birth. There will be a drawing competition at 10:30 a.m. and a costume contest at 11:30 a.m.

The next big event the Vaishnav Parivar is inviting the whole community to will be an Indian Folk Dance Festival, set to take place Sept. 17 at the New Britain Stadium.

“We are really looking forward to that,” church founder Rajeev Desai said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 13:48. Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2022 13:50.