Rama sets an example of the perfect king, husband, son, friend, and master.
US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's 2017 Diwali greeting.
It was fitting that on the hottest day of the year so far Bhaktivedanta Manor celebrated Ramanavami, the birthday of Lord Ram, who was born in the sun dynasty, several millennia ago. This year, the auspicious festival was celebrated on Sunday 9th April and the Manor played host to a number of dignitaries, including first citizen, Counsellor Peter Rutledge, the Mayor of Hertsmere. Most of the luminaries had visited the temple on numerous occasions beforehand as Counsellor Victor Eni of Harrow said, “I love coming here and seeing how much the community has progressed since I was last here.”
One thousand Russian devotees gathered to celebrate Diwali in spectacular style in Moscow on Saturday October 29th. The afternoon was a cultural event to commemorate welcoming Lord Rama and his wife Sita Devi back to their capital Ayodhya. Hanuman, played by Jagat-Pati Das, was a particular crowd favorite. In an incredibly realistic costume, he jumped into the crowd, involving the audience. He also invited all the children onto the stage to participate in fun games with him.
Mother-daughter team, Vrinda Sheth and Anna Johansson, launch the first book of the Sita's Fire Trilogy: Shadows of the Sun Dynasty. Read more about the book: http://iskconnews.org/shadows-of-the-sun-dynasty-a-new-ramayana-book,5816/
On August 27th, a new book, the first one in an illustrated series based on the Ramayana, entitled as Shadows of the Sun Dynasty, has been launched in front of hundreds of people in the audience at the Cofrin Theater in Gainesville, Florida, USA, with the participation of the author Vrinda Sheth, a well-known classical Indian dancer and a writer, and the illustrator, her mother, Anna Johansson, a Swedish watercolor artist. The book launching was a spectacular cultural event on its own.
The Juggernauts at Rutgers University Sacred Sounds, April 28 2016. Gaura Vani Buchwald, Visvambhar Sheth, and Purusartha Dasa with special guests Vrinda Devi Sheth ( dance) and Andrea Brachfeld ( flute). "Sri Ram / Jai Ram Let the Shadow Be Undone" ; (words and music by Gaura Vani Buchwald and Marianne Sutin)
A modern cartoon interpretation of the Ramayana by American artist Nina Paley.
Dussehra is the final day of the Navaratri festival, one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated across India. It is essentially a battle of good versus evil, whereby the evil is depicted by the demon Ravana.
This film brings to light the layers of bridge construction and the month and the year when the Rama Setu was built.
Communications secretary for the temple, Radha Mohan Das, said: "The day was a really big success, everyone had a lot of fun. There was a great atmosphere, particularly in the lead up to the fireworks." The day also saw two drama perfomances, which told parts of the story behind Diwali. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, which is told in the ancient Indian text, Ramayana.
One of the most important Vaishnava and Hindu celebrations, Ram Navami, the Appearance Day of Lord Ramchandra, is being celebrated by millions all over the world. With gorgeous pujas, song, revisiting the pastimes of the Lord as told in Valmiki's ancient spiritual text the Ramayana. Here is a music video and song, produced by the Red Rock Rishis, that depicts a story of the Ramayana, of mother Sita, still in captivity by the great demon king Ravana, meditating on and awaiting her Rama to come and release her from her horrible plight of imprisonment.
By Janhnavi dasi and team.
If the message of sacrifice as a means to deep human relationships was all that the Ramayana offered to the world today, then that message in and of itself would be valuable. But the Ramayana’s gifts are much greater.
Recording for King Dasarath's passing away scene in the play "Lord Ram's Exile".
Every year, the British Prime Minister hosts a special Diwali event in his official residence of 10 Downing Street. This year the event fell on Wednesday 6th November and it carried with it an extra special charm: As part of the proceedings, children from the Krishna Avanti and Avanti Schools sang a number of traditional songs glorifying Lord Rama.
This March 24th, devotees around the world will put extra focus on the essence of Gaudiya Vaishnavism—loving service to God—as we celebrate the appearance day of Lord Ramachandra, God’s form as the ideal leader. And who better to follow as the perfect example of selfless, devoted service than Lord Rama’s greatest devotee, the monkey warrior Hanuman?