ISKCON, Mysuru at Jayanagar is observing a month-long festival of lights called ‘Damodara Deepotsava’ which began on Oct. 16. ‘Damodara Deepotsava’ was inaugurated by Mayor B L Bhyrappa along with Subramanya, Dy. Director of Palace, Corporators Shailendra and Channappa, in the presence of Jai Chaitanya Dasa, President of ISKCON Mysuru. The ‘Damodara deepotsava’ will be held every day between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm till November 14.
As described in ‘Srimad Bhagawatam’, Once Lord Krishna stole butter & also broke the pots containing butter and yogurt. Mother Yashoda then decided to bind Krishna to a wooden grinding mortar to restrain his naughty activities. She took some ropes & tried to bind the unlimited Supreme Lord, being unaware of His exalted position. But the rope was short by a measurement of two fingers. Yashoda gathered all the ropes from the household and joined them to bind Krishna. In spite of exhausting all the ropes, it was still short by two fingers.
Observing the exhaustion of his mother, Krishna finally agreed to be bound although the Supreme Lord is by nature boundless and infinite. This pastime made Krishna famous by the name ‘Damodara’. ‘Dama’ means rope and ‘udara’ means belly. Hence, Damodara is the special form of Krishna, as a baby tied with rope around his belly to a wooden grinding mortar.
Devotees celebrate this period throughout the month of kartika by offering special prayers and lamps to Lord Damodara.