On the evening of October 18, the annual festival of Sharad Purnima was celebrated with Radhanath Swami and over two thousand guests at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai. Sharad Purnima refers to the full moon of the autumn season. The festival celebrates the day Lord Krishna performed the beautiful dance called rasa lila with his dear-most devotees, the gopis, the cowherd damsels of Vrindavan. To commemorate this divine dance, devotees of Krishna congregate on this day and glorify the event through the singing of beautiful devotional songs. The congregation gathered at the temple was offered a wonderful treat—the temple altar was decorated to resemble the lush forest of Vrindavan, with fragrant flowers brought from all over India for the event.
This year, special guests and friends of Radhanath Swami included Bhakti Charu Swami, Shehsa das, Ashta Sakhi devi, Ajay Piramal, Hrishikesh Mafatlal, and N.D. Desai.
Melodious kirtans were sung by various singers, led by Radhanath Swami. Bhakti Charu Swami led the congregation into a beautiful chanting of the famed Gopi Gita, the song of the gopis, derived from the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. After singing alternatively, Radhanath Swami and Bhakti Charu Swami then sang together in unison, bringing spiritual delight and inspiration to all the guests. For over five hours, the guests were treated to a lively festival of chanting and dancing.
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