Are You Ready for the 5am Challenge?

Updated: Jun 30

Mangal-arati at the Hare Krishna temple. You can do it!

Come to Mangala-arati—the very first party of the day!

The first temple program of the day, Mangala-arati, takes place at 5am. Mangala means auspicious or that which brings success to everything we do. And what is so auspicious about Mangala-arati is the timing. The period of time from 90 to 45 minutes before sunrise is called the Brahma-muhurta. According to ancient Indian texts, this period is Divine. It is the time of day when Krishna is most accessible, and therefore, it is the optimal period for spiritual practices. We urge you to make the most of your visit to New Vrindaban by attending this wonderful pre-dawn service.

And don’t worry, you won’t fall asleep during Mangala-arati! You’ll be mesmerized by the intimate darshan of Krishna in His night outfit, and you’ll be swept up in the singing and dancing. What better way to start the day than with a festive dance party with your family and friends and Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra?

The music and dancing starts off slowly, and as the musicians pick up the tempo, you’ll be picking up your feet. Even if you don’t feel like dancing, just start moving your feet and clapping your hands. Krishna loves to see His guests singing and dancing, and when Krishna is pleased, you’ll feel happy. By the end, your heart will be beating to the rhythm and simultaneously overflowing with joy. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Remember who you’re dancing for, though – Lord Krishna, the Supreme Lord! If you were attending a function for a VIP, would you go in your pajamas, looking like you just rolled out of bed? Would you show up late and keep the VIP waiting? After getting there, would you talk loudly with your friends in the middle of the ceremony? I’m sure you would do just the opposite – you would arrive timely, looking your best, and you’d act in a pleasing way to win the VIP’s favor. For days in advance, you’d probably be pl