Hare Krishna!

Welcome to Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, Sunnyvale, CA. An initiative of India Heritage Foundation to create a place where religion, knowledge, arts, music and culture meet. We intent to present and propagate the
teachings of our dear most Spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada.

We look forward for your participation at various events in the temple.


Grand Janmastami Celebrations on Saturday, September 5th, 2015!

posted Aug 11, 2015, 10:47 PM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 11:03 AM ]

Please join us in Grand Janmastami Celebrations Saturday, September 5th, 2015! Details below:


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Paint-A-Kanha, a drawing and painting contest for kids - Sunday, Aug 16th

posted Aug 7, 2015, 8:55 AM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Aug 7, 2015, 1:33 PM ]

Paint-A-Kanha, a drawing and painting contest for kids - a chance for kids to showcase their creativity.

A theme will be announced on the day of the contest and the participants will be given time to complete their piece of drawing. Drawing sheets and parchment paper will be provided. However, participants are requested to bring their own painting and coloring supplies. Most important - we ask kids to bring in a lot of energy and love for Krishna and Balaram.

Please click here to register!

 

Children's Ratha Yatra on Sunday, July 19th, 2015

posted Jul 11, 2015, 8:34 AM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Jul 18, 2015, 9:26 AM ]

Join us for a first of its kind "Lord Jagannatha's Children's Ratha Yatra" on Sunday, July 19th from 11:30 am onwards. This a very special event where the children drive the whole event. The cart will be pulled by children, the kirtans will be performed by children and offerings to their Lordships Jagannatha, Baladeva & Subhadra will also be done by children. We are conducting a Vedic/Indian fancy dress competition also for the children. There will be Sree Sudarshana Homa performed before the Ratha Yatra. So, please spread the word, participate and watch the children have great time conducting Lord Jagannatha's ratha yatra and get His blesssings!

We also have a ve
ry special guest Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard visiting us on that day.  Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii's second congressional district since 2013. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Elected in 2012, she is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress, and, along with Tammy Duckworth, one of its first female combat veterans. She previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004, becoming the youngest woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature.



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Help temple while running marathon with friends/family!

posted Jul 11, 2015, 8:21 AM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Jul 11, 2015, 8:21 AM ]

If you are a walker/runner, or want to be so, here is a nice opportunity to use that in the service of The Lord. On July 12th, in Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, there is going to be a huge event (walkathon/marathon) where various non profits get together (including our temple) and show case their activities through their booths. It's a family fun time as well. Temple can show our activities/new temple project and do Harinama Sankirtana. So any of you interested in participating in this as a walker/runner/other performances like yoga, you have to register at the following link:

http://konnectme.org/event/join/3047818

Just go the link and register yourself (and your friends and family). Make sure you choose "India Heritage Foundation(Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir)" as the Sevathon 2015 non profit partners in the drop down menu. It will help route funds to temple.

PS: The actual marathon is on July 12th. It's a family event where our temple will have a booth to show case our activities and do harinama Sankirtana. Total 10,000+ people are expected to attend this event and can see our temple booth. Runners who registered gets free t shirt.

Some background about this event: This event is called Sevathon. Sevathon is the walkathon that aims to set the standard as the largest social and service platform of its kind. It recognizes, supports, and nurtures a spirit of giving by empowering individuals of diverse backgrounds to unite and strengthen their communities. Walkers, runners, non-profits, sponsors, family members and friends are all part of the Sevathon family, as they enable each non-profit organizationpartner to deliver its message and further its cause.

Announcing exciting Summer Camp from June 15th onwards!

posted May 30, 2015, 10:59 AM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated May 30, 2015, 11:00 AM ]

Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir is conducting Summer camps from June 15th onwards. Each camp is for 2 weeks and covers various activities like Canvas painting, Crafts, Baking, Spelling, Reading, Creative Arts, Glass Painting, Jewelery making,  Vedic Stories, Bhagavad Gita slokas,  Games & Puzzles, Mrdanga and Kartal (Cymbals) etc.

Hurry: Limited spots available. Contact us today to enroll your child. More details below:

Panihati Festival celebrations on Sunday, May 31st

posted May 28, 2015, 7:36 PM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 3:50 PM by Kishore Nandyala ]

Panihati festival is celebrated in observance of a sweet and wonderful pastime between Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and Sri Nityananda Prabhu. There is a special offering made of chipped rice, condensed milk, fruits and yogurt made and distributed on this day. There will be discourse by Sri Chanchalapathi Prabhu. Please attend this and learn about the importance of this pastime, participate in wonderful Arati and sumptuous lunch Prasadam!


More about Panihati festival :

Panihati is a place located in the state of West Bengal, on the banks of Ganges (10 miles north of Calcutta). It was one of the leading trade centers in earlier days when the river route was the main means of communication. A special rice variety called Peneti was imported at this place from Jessore in East Bengal. Probably the name Panihati might have been derived from this trade connection. Once upon a time this place was the center of worship of the Buddhist Tantrics and the Kapalikas. But later, in the sixteenth century, when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared to propagate the Sankirtana Movement, Panihati became a major center of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. The residential quarters of Sri Raghava Pandita (one of the associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) still exists in Panihati.

The Festival of Punishment

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at Sridhama Mayapura (a quarter in the city of Navadvipa) in Bengal, in the year 1486 AD. The purpose of His incarnation was to establish the yuga-dharma – the congregational chanting the holy names of the Lord. Lord Balarama appeared as Nityananda Prabhu, and many other eternal associates of the Lord appeared at that time to join the mission of the Lord. Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was one of them.

Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was a devotee of the highest order. He displayed a spirit of renunciation and detachment from the material world at a very early age. He wanted to leave home and join Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in His mission. But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu asked him not to do so and assured that Krishna would deliver him soon from the clutches of maya. Two years later, Nityananda Prabhu came to Panihati and stayed there. Raghunatha dasa, who was staying in the nearby village of Srikrishnapura took permission from his father Govardhan Mazumdar and went to Panihati to meet Nityananda Prabhu.

At Panihati, he saw Nityananda Prabhu sitting on a rock under a banyan tree on the bank of the Ganges. He was surrounded by many devotees. Raghunatha dasa was hesitant to approach the Lord and paid obeisances from a distance. But some of the devotees noticed him and informed Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu called Raghunatha dasa and said “Raghunatha dasa! You are hiding like a thief. Now I have caught hold of you. Come here. I shall punish you today.’’ Then Lord Nityananda forcibly caught him and put His lotus feet on Raghunatha’s head. He ordered Raghunatha to celebrate a big festival and serve all the devotees – yogurt and chipped rice.

Raghunatha dasa immediately sent his men to the nearby villages to purchase all kinds of eatables. They brought chipped rice, milk, yogurt, sweetmeats, bananas, sugar and other eatables. The chipped rice was soaked in milk. Half of that was then mixed with yogurt, sugar and bananas. The remaining half was mixed with condensed milk and flavored with clarified butter and camphor. All the devotees received two earthen pots, one with chipped rice mixed with yogurt and another with chipped rice mixed with condensed milk.

The Chida-dahi Mahotsava is celebrated every year in commemoration of this wonderful pastime. This festival is also known as Danda Mahotsava (the Festival of Punishment) It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the bright moon in the month of Jyeshta (May-June). To this day, pilgrims visit Panihati to celebrate the Chida-dahi Festival.


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Initiation Ceremony and Special talk on Sunday, May 24th

posted May 17, 2015, 5:54 PM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated May 17, 2015, 5:56 PM ]

Join us for the Initiation Ceremony and a Special talk this Sunday by Sri Chanchalapati Das.

Narasimha Chaturdasi Celebrations on Sunday, May 3rd 2015

posted Apr 23, 2015, 8:07 PM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Apr 23, 2015, 8:08 PM ]

Please join us for grand celebrations of Narasimha Chaturdasi on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. There will be a special Vigna Vinasa Narasimha Homa performed on that day along with Sri Narasimha Astothara Namarchana, Special video on Narasimha Kshetras, Cultural programs & Grand Pallaki Utsav of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha.

There will also be a special play area for kids to have great fun. Come, join the celebrations and get mercy of Lord Narasimha on the auspicious occasion.


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Sri Rama Navami Celebrations on Saturday, March 28th 2015

posted Mar 11, 2015, 9:21 PM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 5:15 PM ]

Please join us in Grand Celebrations of Sri Rama Navami on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. There will be Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam (Vivah) performed on that day along with various cultural events, Sri Rama Taraka Yagna, Aarati and Pallaki Utsava for Sri Sita Rama. Prasadam will be served throughout the day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. There will also be a specially designed play area for kids to have great fun. Come, participate in the wonderful celebrations and get unlimited blessings of the Supreme Lord Sri Rama!



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Gaura Purnima Celebrations on Sunday, March 8th 2015

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:12 AM by Sudhir Babu   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 8:33 AM ]

Join us for Grand Celebrations of "Gaura Purnima", the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Lord Krishna who spread the sankirtan movement of chanting the holy names of the Lord as the main means of God realization for this present age of Kali Yuga. We will be celebrating on March 8th, 11:30 am onwards by performing wonderful Kirtans, Abhisheka to their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga and sumptuous Prasadam.


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