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place9301 Frazier Pike, Little Rock, Ar-72206

eventNovember 07, 2018 – November 07, 2018

Hare Krishna dear devotees, It is our great pleasure to invite you to celebrate with us the Festival of Lamps, known as Deepavali. This festival is joyously celebrated in the honor of welcoming Lord Rama back to His kingdom Ayodhya, after an exile of 14 years. The citizens of Ayodhya lit up the whole city by decorating their homes with lamps. They exchanged gifts, and sweets to welcome Lord Rama back to Ayodhya. Light is considered a sign of goodness and knowledge. On this very auspicious day, we can take vows to remove the darkness of ignorance and selfish desires from our heart, using the light of knowledge and compassion. Sri Ramachandra ki Jai!!! Timing: 1) Deepavali Pooja- 10:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by RajBhog Arti. 2) Lighting up the temple with lamps- 6:00 pm 3) Kirtan and Bhajan- 6:30 pm followed by evening Arti

place9301 Frazier Pike, Little Rock, Ar-72206

eventNovember 23, 2018 – November 23, 2018

Hare Krishna! According to Hindu scripture, the Tulsi plant was a woman named Vrinda. She was married to the demon-king Jalandhar, who due to her piety and devotion to Vishnu, became invincible. Even Lord Shiva could not defeat Jalandhar, so he requested Lord Vishnu to find a solution. Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and tricked Vrinda. Her chastity destroyed, Jalandhar lost his power and was killed by Shiva. Vrinda cursed Vishnu to become black in color and to be separated from his wife, Lakshmi. This was later fulfilled when he was transformed into the black Shaligram stone, and in his Rama avatar, was separated from his wife Sita, who was kidnapped by the demon-king Ravana. Vrinda then drowned herself in the ocean, and Lord Vishnu transferred her soul to a plant, which was henceforth called Tulsi. As a blessing, Vishnu married Tulsi in the form of Shaligram shila on Prabodhini Ekadashi. To commemorate this event, the ceremony of Tulsi Vivah is performed. We will be glad to have your presence and celebrate this sacred event along with your family and friends. Timings for the event; 1) Tulsi Shaligram vivah- 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm. 2) Arati- 7:00 pm followed by Prasad.

place9301 Frazier Pike, Little Rock, Ar-72206

eventNovember 08, 2018 – November 08, 2018

The day after Deepavali is called Annakuta, or Govardhana Puja. On this day, the inhabitants of Vrindavan used to hold a festival to honor King Indra, the demigod responsible for providing the rains essential for a successful harvest. One day, however, sensing that Indra had become overly proud of his position as king of heaven, Lord Krishna convinced the residents of Vrindavan to modify their festival and celebrate Govardhana Hill instead, arguing that it was the fertile soils on the hill that provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed; that the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands should be worshiped. This turn of events naturally upset the mighty Indra, who retaliated with terrifying rains and thunderstorms. Seeing this, Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, calmly lifted Govardhana Hill with the little finger of His left hand and held it up like a giant umbrella, providing a shelter for the people and animals of Vrindavan from the torrential downpours. The rains intensified. Indra's fury raged. Finally, after seven days, beholding the wonder of the situation and realizing the futility of his own actions, King Indra surrendered. He came down from the heavens and bowed before Lord Krishna with folded hands, offering prayers and asking for forgiveness. He realized his true position as servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In this way Lord Krishna demonstrated that He is the Lord of the Demigods, and that any purpose for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the supreme cause of all causes. Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhana Hill. To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhana Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhana Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord. At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to devotees. All Vaishnava temples in India and throughout the world observe this ceremony, and prasad is distributed to hundreds of people. WELSPUN TEMPLE CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THIS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL OF GOVARDHAN PUJA. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING FOOD OFFERING FOR BUILDING GOVARDHAN HILL. IT IS REQUESTED THAT YOU USE SEPARATE UTENSILS THAN WHAT YOU USE FOR YOURSELF TO PREPARE YOUR OFFERING FOR THE LORD. DO NOT USE ONION AND GARLIC. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. Happy Govardhan Puja. Program Timing: Govardhan Puja- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm along with Kirtan.