“Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100’s of candles, in different parts of the temple, and offering special Prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramacandra, while Lord Ramacandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His younger step-brother Bharata, took charge of the Kingdom and the day on which Lord Ramacandra took back the charge again from His brother, and seated on the throne, this is observed as Diwalifunction. This is the original idea of Diwali, and Dipabali. Dipabali means the same thing—Dipa means candles, and bali means numerous. When numerous candles are lighted it is called Dipabali. DIWALI FESTIVAL: 10th October 1968. (Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Hamsadutta dasa written from Seattle., Letters book Vol 1. p.549.)
Divali this year, 2017, is on Thursday 19 October and will be celebrated in Radhadesh on 21 October.
“Kṛṣṇa happily sighed and said, “One day, as the residents of Vṛndāvana were preparing for the Dīpāvali (The Dīpāvali festival commemorates the return of Lord Rāma to Ayodhyā. From scriptural reference, then, it is evident that this festival was being observed 5,000 years ago, during Kṛṣṇa’s advent) festival, I came to know that Śrī Rādhikā and her sakhīs were making pearl ornaments.” From “the pearl pastime”.
Dear Devotees, As this was custom in Treta yuga during Lord Ramacandra’s time and also in Dvapara yuga, let us also light special Dipas in Kali Yuga, to mark the way for the Lord to come to Radhadesh and to more easily find His way into our hearts.
Therefore we have put together a special program for you. The program is as follows:
We will start at 17h30 with a lantern workshop in the “Blue room” by Sri Sundari & Shyama Sakhi dd especially for the children, but everyone, young or old, is welcome to create and decorate your own glowing lantern. The cost for a lantern is € 2. You may also bring your own lantern.
At 18h30 we will start the Lantern parade accompanied with Harinama and end with Fireworks!
At 19h will start Gaura arati with Nadia Behari Prabhu leading the kirtana. We have more than 100 Dipas which you can offer to Lord Sri Ramacandra and all Their Lordships and afterwards decorate Radhadesh castle. Fun for all!!
At 19h30, HG Akrura Prabhu will give a lecture about the Glories of Lord Sri Ramacandra.
From 20h15 until 21h15 we will have bhajans by Chaitanya Caran Prabhu and others and have darshan of our most beautiful deities!
After last darshan prasadam will be available!
Please come and celebrate this joyous event with us!
Gopi Ramana dasa
Give a donation for this special event:
Mahaprasadam offering: 108 euro
Flowers for the altar and the garlands: 208 euro
Radhadesh‘s bank details
Belgie – Dexia, A/C 088–2061735–92
Swiftcode or BIC code: GKCCBEBB
Internationale Bank Account Number: IBAN BE12 0882 06173592
Cheques payable to:
Petite Somme 5
You can also become a member of Radhadesh and support all programs in one go.