Upcoming festival : Balarama Purnima
We are pleased to invite you and your family to our
Balarama Purnima festival on Thursday, 18 August.
More festival details to follow.
Lord Balarama is the first personal expansion of Lord Krishna, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead. All other incarnations expand from Him. In Lord
Krishna’s pastimes, He appears as Krishna’s elder brother. Together Krishna and
Balarama enact many pastimes as cowherd boys in the land of Vrindavan. Lord
Balarama carries a plow and club and is known for His great strength. Therefore
devotees pray to him for spiritual strength.
About the festival
The Upanisads explain that to obtain self-realization one should be favoured by
Srila Prabhupada explains that “Bala does not mean physical strength. No one can
attain spiritual perfection by physical strength. One must have the spiritual
strength which is infused by Balarama or Sankarsana.”
Lord Balaram incarnated as Lord Nityananada in the age of Kaliyuga, to assist
Lord Caitanya in delivering the fallen conditioned souls of this world.
“Lord Balaram is also original Spiritual Master. So duty of Spiritual Master is
also to purify the heart of the disciple…We can think of Spiritual Master as
Balaram’s representative, Lord Nityananda’s representative or Radharani’s
On this day, devotees celebrate the day with special offerings to Lord Balarama
including a special honey and ginger infused drink that He favours called
“One devotee described the personal beauty of Baladeva as follows “Let me take
shelter of the lotus feet of Balarāma, whose beauty is enhanced by the earrings
touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from kastūrī [musk],
and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of guñjā [small conchshells].
His complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, He wears garments of blue color,
and His voice is very grave. His arms are very long, touching His thighs, and He
has shown His great strength by killing the Pralamba demon. Let me take shelter
of this chivalrous Balarāma.” (Nectar of Devotion Chapter 41)
More about Lord Balarama
Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krsna, appeared in this world to enhance
and support the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Being non-different from
Lord Krsna Himself, Lord Balarama is known as the original spiritual master.
Devotees of the Lord, pray to Him for spiritual strength.
Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Lord Krishna. He appeared in the womb of
Devaki as her seventh child. Kamsa, the evil brother of Devaki, had imprisoned
Devaki and her husband Vasudeva and had also mercilessly slaughtered her six
newly born children. After the appearance of Balarama in the womb of Devaki,
Lord Krishna instructed Yogamaya, his internal potency, to transfer Balaram from
the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva’s other wife. As he got
transferred from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini he also came to be
known as Sankarshan. Since he is the source of all spiritual power, or bala, and
spiritual bliss called ramana, he is known as Balarama.
If you would like to make a sponsorship towards the festival, please see the
list below for details:
- Abhishek (bathing ceremony) : R500
- Altar garlands (for deities) : R400
- Altar decorations : R500
- Altar fruit : R300
- Deity Breakfast : R300
- Srila Prabhupada's Garland : R200
- Packaging : R500
- Car guard : R150