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 Wednesday, September 6th at 7 p.m. 



Wednesday, September 6th
from 7 p.m. onwards


ISKCON of Harrisburg
6200 Bedford Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111

One of the most significant festivals of the year is coming soon Shri Krishna Janmashtami, the appearance day of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami is the one of the most significant festivals in the bhakti tradition. It is a celebration of joy, love, and divinity revolving around the all-attractive form of God, Krishna, who takes the incarnation of a dashing cowherd boy who steals the hearts of the inhabitants of Vrindavan. This celebration is observed by devotees with a whole day fast, cooking Krishna's feast, decorating, kirtan, hearing the glories of Lord Krishna, and worshipping Sri Sri Radha Sharadbihari and Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra at midnight with a roaring kirtan and arati.

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The advent of Lord Krishna in the jail cell of his biological parents, Devaki and Vasudeva

What to expect

We will open the festival with prayers and a bathing ceremony of Sri Sri Radha Sharadbihari known as abhishek. During and following this there will be bhajans and kirtan which are the musical chanting of prayers, especially the Hare Krishna maha mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. We will have a short spiritual discourse after this kirtan that will explain the significance and unlimited glories of Sri Krishna and His appearance day celebration. To put this into visual effect, our temple devotees and youth will present cultural performances such as dance and drama. The climax of the event is the famous midnight arati during which all devotees can have the darshan of Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra and Sri Sri Radha Sharadbihari accompanied with a roaring and energetic arati kirtan. To fuel and nourish, all are welcome to a free vegetarian feast served right after the arati. The temple gift shop will also be open during the celebration so you may take a little bit of the festivities home with you!

Prepare your heart and mind for the sweet festival to come!

How can you help?

Interested in contributing to the splendor and success of the festival? Consider some of our sponsorship opportunities!

New Janmashtami Dress

Sharad Bihari's Feast

Altar Decorations

Temple Decorations


Sharad Bihari's Birthday Cake



If you are interested in any of these sponsorship opportunities or would like to sponsor an amount of your choice, please contact Anasuya Devi Dasi at

There's more!

The day following the Janmashtami festival, we honor the personality who made all of this - festivals, Krishna consciousness, ISKCON, kirtan, vaishnava philosophy, meditation - possible! Join us to honor the auspicious Appearance Day (Vyasa Puja) of ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada!

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