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The Krishna Tem­ple lo­cated in the county on State Road be­tween Span­ish Fork and Salem is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vis­i­tors can en­joy tours at the tem­ple with its unique gift store and ex­otic buf­fet (made with veg­eta­bles from their or­ganic, sea­sonal gar­dens). The grounds also in­clude a beau­ti­ful koi pond with lo­tus flow­ers bloom­ing through­out the sum­mer months as well as an an­i­mal farm with pea­cocks, lla­mas and minia­ture cows. Regular evening ser­vices of­fer phi­los­o­phy, yoga classes and a popular Sun­day Feast. Yoga classes are by do­na­tion and begin at 6:45 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day.

Tem­ple mem­bers be­lieve in prin­ci­pals of chastity, no in­tox­i­ca­tion or gam­bling, and a diet of healthy veg­etable foods. They also fol­low the teach­ings of the yoga of de­vo­tion, which ex­presses it­self through the chant­ing of the holy name of God. This chant­ing is the foun­da­tion of the mu­sic and joy at the world fa­mous Fes­ti­val of Colors, which will be cel­e­brated this year on March 28 and 29.

The Fes­ti­val of Colors, in­au­gu­rated 5,000 years ago by Lord Krishna, has been cel­e­brated in In­dia for cen­turies. Colored pow­ders are thrown in the air hourly to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of mu­sic and dance. The non-toxic, or­ganic, brightly colored pow­ders and de­li­cious foods will be avail­able for pur­chase. It is an event for all ages, from the youngest to the old­est. The fes­ti­val gates will open at 10 a.m. on Satur­day and 11 a.m. on Sun­day. One can go to www.utahkr­ish­nas.org for more de­tails and to pre-reg­is­ter to avoid long lines. Buses will be shut­tling vis­i­tors from park­ing lots lo­cated at Salem Hills High School and the Span­ish Fork Fair­grounds and Ball­park, and lo­cal farm­ers will be mak­ing their fields avail­able for park­ing. Vol­un­teers are wel­come through­out the year for many in­ter­est­ing tasks; please con­tact the tem­ple di­rectly to of­fer ser­vices for the tem­ple or fes­ti­val.

Lib­erty Tatham

The Fes­ti­val of Colors is cel­e­brated at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Lo­tus Tem­ple.

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