ajo 'pi sann avyayatma
bhutanam isvaro 'pi san
prakrtim svam adhisthaya
"Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and
although I am the Lord of all living entities, by My internal energy I
still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form."
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
"Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O
descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time
I descend Myself."
"To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium."
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
The appearance of Lord Sri Krsna has been celebrated for over 5,000 years. In the painting above, Lord Krsna is being bath on His "first Janmastami" by Mother Yasoda and the residents of Vrindavan. In Atlanta, by the sacrifice made by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the first Janmastami was held in Atlanta in 1970 by His disciples. Our Hare Krsna temple has been celebrating Lord Krsna's appeareance day annually for the past 43 years!
Lord Krsna descends to exhibit His pastime in order to attract us "Back Home Back to Godhead". And, His devotees celebrate, remember, and tell others about Krsna lila to give them releif from the effects of this material world.
We will be celebrating Janmastami on Wednesday, August 28th. Please see this page for the schedule of events .
Highlights of our festival include the abhisek of our deities Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan. You can participate in the bathing of Their Lordships by donating $301. You will receive a gift basket of mahaprasad fruit, a special container of carnamrita from the abhisek, and a maha prasadam bugle used by our deity Sri Madan Mohan.
We are offering this sevice to only 100 patrons. We have other opportunities for sponsorship and service for Janmastami. Please contact us via
or call Akhilatma das, 404-735-0800, for more information.
Darshan of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan will be available all day. You may offer a mini arati to Their Lordships at this time. Puja thalis and our priest will be available during this time.
For the children, we will again have the "Fancy Dress" contest. Last year, the children came in a variety of Krsna lila costumes.
We look forward to celebrating Lord Krsna's appeareance day with you and your family at our temple!