Vrindavan, 2019-12-13 (VT): Vrindavan’s Rangji Temple celebrated the Krittika Dev Utsav yesterday with 11000 lamps being lit by devotees in the colossal temple premises. People thronged to have ‘darshan’ of Bhagwan Shri Goda Rangamannar at the Temple’s Varahdwari in large numbers.
Shri Rangji temple is one of the largest temples in North India where one can witness the coming together of South Indian and North Indian traditions. However, in accordance with the South Indian customs it does not observe Adhik (Purushottama) Masa and the Kartik Purnima/Dev Utsav/Karthigai Deepam is celebrated a month after the North Indian one. As per the Panchratra Panchang this year Rangji Temple celebrated the Krittika Dev Utsav on December 12, i.e. yesterday.
The presiding deities Bhagwan Shri Ranganath and Goda were carried from the ‘garbha griha’ to the temple’s east gate in a silver palanquin to witness the celebration. After enjoying the warmth from the bonfire lit to signal the arrival of winters, they were taken to the Varahdwari accompanied by a musical procession in traditional South Indian style. Shining opulently in the brightness of 11000 lamps and the grand aarti performed by temple seivayts at Varahdwari, the deities blessed devotees with their mystical ‘darshan’.
Temple CEO Anagha Srinivasan, Ramya Rangacharya, Malda Govardhan, Raghunath Swami, Ranga Swami, Raju Swami were present during the celebration.