Staff Reporter

The 13-day festival will conclude with `Dhwaja Avarohana' on April 23

Bangalore: The ninth anniversary celebrations of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple here will begin on Tuesday. The Brahmotsavam will begin at 8 a.m. with "Dhwaja Arohana" (hoisting of the flag).

This will be followed by "Ashtadikpalaka avahana", special yagnas and homas, said Madhu Pandit Dasa, president of ISKCON, Bangalore.

In a press release here on Saturday, he said the idol of the presiding deity would be kept at the temple's open-air theatre, where different types of traditional dances would be performed to commemorate the various past-times of Lord Krishna.

Odissi, Yakshagana, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam are some of the dances that have been planned for the evenings during the Brahmotsavam. "The Lord will also receive `Jhulan seva' while singers perform in the background," he said.

Grand and colourful fireworks would be the highlight of the 13-day festival.

A unique aspect of the festival was that cultural programmes depicting the past-times of the Lord would be organised, Mr. Dasa said in the release.

On Wednesday, the idols of Sri Krishna in "Suryanarayana alankara" would be taken out in a procession on the "Surya Prabha Vahana".

Dolotsavam would be held at 8 p.m. M. Nagaraj of Articulate Group would give a Kathak performance that evening.

The next day, the idols of Sri Krishna and Radha would be taken out on "Gaja Vahana". The evening's Bharatanatyam performance would be staged by Keshava Nritya Shala.

The idols, decorated in the "Ananta Sayana alankara" would be taken out on "Ananta Sesha Vahana" on Friday. Vedantam Radhe Sayam of Sri Siddhendra Yogi Kalakshetra would give a Kuchipudi performance the same evening.

"Hanumad Vahana" would be the next vahana and the idols, decorated in "Sitarama Pattabisheka alankara", would be taken out on Saturday.

A Mohiniyattam performance by Girija Chandran of Regatta Institute of Dance would be organised in the evening, he said.

On Sunday, Lord Krishna would be taken out on "Garuda Vahana".

B. Banumathi's Nritya Kalamandiram would present a Bharatanatyam performance in the evening, he said.

Sri Krishna, dressed in "Kalki alankara" and mounted on "Ashva Vahana", would be taken out the next day.

A Kathakali dance drama by Hari Namboodari of Natya Shala Kathakali would be organised in the evening.

On April 18, Lord Krishna in "Mohini avataram" would be taken out on "Hamsa Vahana". A Yakshagana performance by Srinivasa Sastan from Karnataka Kala Darshini would be staged for the evening.

On April 19, the idols would be taken out in "Kalpavriksha Vahana". Revathy Narasimhan's troupe would perform in the evening.

The presiding deities would be given a "Maha Palakki" ride on April 20. Sharmila Mukherjee would present an Odissi performance in the evening.

The "Brahmaratha" would be taken out to commemorate the anniversary of installations of the main deities on April 21. On April 22, the deities would be given "Churna abhisheka". "Kalyanotsava" would be performed on April 23, the final day of the Brahmotsavam.

The "Dhwaja avarohana" (lowering of the flag) on April 23 would mark the conclusion of the festival, he said.