In the Media
In just 2 years, Radha Govind Dham New York’s celebrations, festivals and classes have generated a lot of buzz in the media. Here are some recent press clippings.
News India Times, Oct 9 2015
Desi Talk, Oct 1 2015
Times of India
NEW YORK: More than 3000 people from all over the United States attended the recent Janmashtmi block party hosted by Radha Govind Dham in New York City. This was the second Janmashtami party organised by the Dham.
The event began at 3.00pm on September 5 with a performance by Suresh on the guitar singing Krishna bhajans, followed by a lecture by Swami Nikhilanand, a Dham preacher from Austin, Texas. A dance and Leela performance followed – this was presented by the students of Shiksha, a cultural-educational outfit run by the Dham. About 70 children participated in the best dressed Krishna (fancy dress) contest. The outdoor program ended with a Garba dance involving all participants of the programme. This was followed by further activities inside the temple until midnight including the abhishek of Krishna and the maha arti. Free snacks and dinner were served at the end of the programme.
South Asian Times
New York: New York is still feeling the effects of the bliss of Janmashtmi that was showered on the second Janmashtmi block party hosted by Radha Govind Dham NY. At least three thousand people from all over the United States came in large numbers to witness this event which marks the Hindu festival of appearance of Lord Krishna. Everyone was amazed by how grand and how organized this program was.
Radha Govind Dham NY volunteers had been preparing for this event for months in advance, which began at 3.00pm on Sep 5th with an electrifying performance by Suresh on the guitar singing beautiful Krishna bhajans. This was followed by a lecture by Swami Nikhilanand ji, who is a Sanyasi preacher from Radha Madhav Dham in Austin TX, on the significance of Janmashtmi with some more kirtans. Then came the electrifying dance and Leela performances by the students of Shiksha, a cultural educational program by Radha Govind Dham. They had the whole crowd swooning with joy.
To encourage the little children to know more about Lord Krishna, Radha Govind Dham hosted the Best Dressed Krishna Contest, which had about seventy kids from as young as newborns to sixteen years of age take part dressed adorably as Lord Krishna. The outdoor program ended with an outdoor Garba dance in which all the participants took part. So overwhelming was the response that the organizers ran out of Garba sticks.
About 1600 people enjoyed the delicious free dinner especially prepared for the event. This was followed by Maha Arti and then the program continued inside the temple until midnight and culminated with Abhisheikh of Baby Krishna and Maha Arti.
Another highlight of the program was the Highest Community Service award presented to Radha Govind Dham NY for its exemplary services rendered to the society. It was presented by Dilip Chauhan, Director of SouthEast/AsianAffairs for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. The award was accepted by Swami Nikhilanandji and Rohit Sharma of Radha Govind Dham New York.
The Indian Eye
Akhila News Gujarat