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The auspicious appearance day of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna, was celebrated on the full-moon day of Shravana which falls on the 7th of August this year. Lord Balarama first appeared in the womb of Devaki as her seventh son (the first six sons were killed by her brother Kamsa) and was then transferred to the womb of Rohini and appeared as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva.
Lord Balarama gives us the required spiritual strength to cross over the hurdles in our journey of self-realization. On this day, Devotees fasted till noon and pray to Lord Balarama to bestow the spiritual strength needed to practice spiritual life.
Lord Balarama also known as Baladeva and Sankarshana, is the first personal expansion of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All other incarnations expand from him. They are both one and the same identity and differ only in form. In Lord Krishna’s pastimes, Lord Balarama plays as Krishna’s older brother. Together Krishna and Balarama enact many pastimes as cowherd boys in the land of Vrindavana. He also killed demons like Dhenukasura, Pralambasura, Dvivida and Balvala. Lord Balarama is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna. He came as Lakshmana with Rama and later as Nityananda Prabhu with Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Lord Balarama is the source of all spiritual power which helps one attain the highest bliss of life and hence the name Balarama. He is the protector of the devotees of the Lord. Without his mercy one cannot approach the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Therefore his appearance as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva is celebrated by devotees all over the world.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple is celebrating the auspicious day of appearance of Balaram on 7th of August 2017. The day time program ends with scrumptious feast of Maha Prasadam. This auspicious day also marks the end of Jhulan Yatra and in the evening, devotees can take part in swaying the swing and offer direct and personal service to their Lordships and enjoy the cultural programs as well.