Feast and festival at temple
THE birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna more than 5000 years ago will be celebrated at the Hare Krishna temple near Murwillumbah this Friday and Saturday.
Known as Janmashtami, the festival is expected to attract a large gathering of pilgrims and devotees from overseas and around Australia.
Spokeswoman for the New Govardhana Hare Krishna community Malini Durr said the celebrations would include music, dancing, a children's lantern procession, the blowing of a conch shell and the singing of an ancient prayer.
She said it would be "a very colourful festival."
"It's a jubilant ceremony done in candlelight and is very beautiful."
Mrs Durr said the culmination would be a vegetarian feast at 12.30am on Saturday consisting of curries, salads, pakoras, kofta balls, raiti and a yoghurt drink known as lassi.
She said the community had about 80 permanent residents with an additional 20 to 40 "willing workers on organic farms."
The "wwoofers" were mainly international travellers who worked four hours a day in return for board.
Mrs Durr said the festival would be immediately followed by another festival celebrating the birth of Hare Krishna founder His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who died in 1977.
"After the feast it's pretty much into fasting again until the following evening."