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Hindola/Phala Utsav Celebrated at The Hindu Mandir of Lake County
GRAYSLAKE, IL- A popular summer event, Hindola/Phala Utsav was celebrated at the Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL on 18 Aug, 2019 afternoon. More than 300 hundred devotees participated in the event with great grandeur and splendor.
The program started with Sankalpam, and Lord Krishan’s Abhishekam with different fruit juices by the sponsors. Yogesh Pandey chanted Vedic Mantras while Pt. Anil Joshi Ji performed Abhishekam. Beautifully dressed Lord Krishna was placed in the colorfully decorated swing in the midst of 70 families’ Krishna statues that were received with warm welcome slogans, songs, and Garabha dances by the devotees. Summer delicious fruits and juices were displayed nicely and offered to all the deities with much veneration and adoration. The Shrine was filled with melodious Bhajans sung by Rita Patel and Athul Soni. This created a pious atmosphere all around.
Later, Pt. Joshi Ji delivered his brief Pravachan by saying that this kind of fruits and juices arrangement was made by Ma Yashoda in the forest when the young Krishna took cows for grazing for the first time. All the Gods and Goddesses came there to enjoy fruits and juices with Lord Krishna that he shared with much joy. He further said that in the Kali Yuga, Maha Prabhu Valabhacharya rejuvenated this Hindola celebration for his much-loved Lord Krishna. The message given here was that according to Bhagavad Gita, whatever is there in the nature belongs to Lord Krishna. We have use them after talking his permission and thanking Him for all that He has blessed us with. We also have to share them with others with respect and love. Pt. Joshi Ji said that we will be able to establish our relationship with Lord Krishna, when we feed Him and love Him like He did with other Gods that came in the forms of animals and birds to his Phala Utsav. From this day, Lord Krishna was also named as Gopal (Go (cow/life) Pal (takes care of).
Special cold juices like Aam Panna, Thandayi, Rose Lassi, Aam Rasa, and Sinkanji in the earthen pots were offered. Pt. Joshi Ji not only thanked devotes and sponsors for gracing the event but also blessed everyone with much admiration. Temple served Kitchari and Raita to all the devotees as Maha Prasadam. Fruits and juices were served as dessert course.