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Nityananda TrayodashiNityananda Trayodashi is the appearane of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Lord Nityananda is Lord Balarama, the eternal associate of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. "heno nitai bine bhai, radha krishna paite nai" - Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for one to approach Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. One of the most blissful festivals of the day – celebrated with lots of kirtans, abhishek, aratika, talk on glories of Nitai, dramas, dances and opulent prasadam feast.
Shiva RatriLord Shiva, "The Auspicious One," is one of the primal controllers of the material world. He is known as the greatest Vaishnava—devotee of Vishnu—and Shiva is Krishna's unique agent for overseeing the mode of ignorance within material creation. He is considered one of the twelve mahajanas, authorities on devotional service to Krishna. Festival is celebrated with a talk on glories of Shiva, kirtans, cultural performances and prasadam.
Gaura PurnimaGaura Purnima is the divine appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu – Lord Krishna in the mood of Srimati Radharani. Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna Himself as confirmed by all authorized Vedic literatures. He appeared a little more than 500 years ago, in this age of Kali Yuga, to spread love of Krishna through the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna. One of the most blissful festivals of the day – celebrated with lots of kirtans, abhishek, aratika, talk on glories of Lord Caitanya, dramas, dances and opulent prasadam feast.
Sri RamanavamiSri Ramanavami is the celebration of the divine appearance of Sri Ramachandra, the incarnation of Lord Krishna. During His activities while on Earth, Lord Rama demonstrated high moral values and acted as the perfect son, student, brother, husband and King. His extraordinary adventure is marvelously depicted in the famous epic The Ramayana. Festival celebrated with kirtans, talk on Ramayana, dances, drama, abhishek and opulent prasadam feast.
Nrsimha CaturdasiSri Nrsimha Caturdasi, is the appearance of Lord Nrsimha, the half-lion, half-man incarnation of Lord Visnu. The festival is of great significance as Lord Nrsimhadev protects us from all dangers and removes all obstacles on the path of devotional service. The festival is celebrated with a powerful Nrsimha Mahayajna, abhishek, kirtans, drama, dances and opulent mahaprasadam feast.
Panihati Cida DahiPanihati, also known as Cida-Dahi Mahotsav, is a famous festival based on the pastime of Lord Nityananda and Raghunath das Goswami. Pots filled with various preparations, especially chipped rice and yogurt mixtures will be offered to Radha Golokananda and distributed to the devotees. The essence of this festival is that only by the blessings of devotees, one will receive the mercy of the Lord. Festival is celebrated by devotees painting beautiful devotional pictures on clay pots, coming together to prepare the chipped rice offerings and sharing of love & service through sharing the special mahaprasadam.
Jagannath Ratha YatraThe Jagannath Ratha Yatra (cart festival of Lord Jagannath) is a centuries-old festival attended by millions in Jagannath Puri, India. It celebrates the return of Krishna (Jagannath) along with His brother and sister (Balarama and Subhadra) to Vrindavan, the place of the pastimes of His youth. On this day, Their Lordships are seated on a beautiful cart, which is pulled by ropes by the devotees from Nilachala to Gundica. Festival includes preparing a beautiful cart, having Their Lordships reside on the cart, pulling of the cart with kirtans, various offerings are offered to Their Lordships and the whole pastime is depicted through dramas. Festival ends with a typical Jagannath Puri style prasadam.
Balarama PurnimaBalarama Purnima is the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Balarama, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, brother of Lord Krishna. Lord Balarama is the original spiritual master, the source of all spiritual power (bala) which helps one attain the highest bliss of life (rama). He is the protector of the devotees of the Lord. Without His mercy one cannot approach the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Festival is celebrated with lots of kirtans, swing festival, abhishek, aratika, talk on glories of Lord Balarama, dramas, dances and opulent prasadam feast.
Sri Krishna JanmashtamiThe biggest festival of the year celebrating the appearance of Lord Krishna. This festival is the most grand celebration of the year, not to be missed. Festivities include arati to the most gorgeously dressed Sri Sri Radha Golokananda, grand abhishek ceremony, 12 hours of kirtans/bhajans, dahi handi yogurt pot breaking, variety of children activities, Radha Krishna boat festival, maha prasadam feast and special midnight aratika.
Srila Prabhupada AppearanceThe day after Janmashtami (Nandotsava) is the appearance day of our beloved ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. In 1896 Srila Prabhupada appeared in this world to distribute the pure message of Krishna consciousness all over the world. From 1965-1977, Srila Prabhupada, in his 70's, traveled the globe 14 times and established Krishna consciousness in practically every continent of the world. Especially on this day we would like to express our gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for giving us and the entire world this most precious gift of Krishna consciousness. Festival is celebrated with heartfelt offerings of gratitude to Srila Prabhupada and an opulent prasadam feast.
Sri RadhashtamiThe divine appearance of Srimati Radharani, the eternal consort of Sri Krishna. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krishna. Festival is celebrated with lots of kirtans, abhishek, aratika, talk on glories of Srimati Radharani, dramas, dances and opulent prasadam feast.
Ramachandra Vijayotsava – DussheraThe word Dusshera comes from the word `dus` meaning `ten’ and `hara`, meaning `annihilated`, referring to the destruction of the ten-headed Ravana. The festival marks the victory of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Rama, over this demonic king and the subsequent rescue of Lord Rama’s wife Sita. Festival is celebrated with burning an effigy of Ravana to mark the burning of evil and vic
Karthik Damodar monthThis month is considered as spiritually the most powerful month of the year and devotees during this month take extra time to increase their spiritual practices. Everyday there will be beautiful offering of lamps to the form of Yashoda Damodar and the auspicious chanting of Damodara Ashtakam. Any spiritual activity performed during this month reaps unlimited blessings.
Govardhan Puja & DiwaliDiwali (the festival of lights) was first observed by the citizens of Ayodhya to celebrate the return of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. This was also the day that Lord Krishna performed His Damodara childhood pastime. Govardhan Puja commemorates Lord Krishna protecting the inhabitants of Vrindavan from a torrential thunderstorm. He did this by holding the Govardhan Mountain over them like an umbrella for seven days. Grand celebration with a HUGE Govardhan Hill made of halava and sweets, circumambulation of Sri Giriraj Govardhan, Offering of ghee lamps to Damodar, talk, variety of delicious FOOD prasadam stalls, special Cultural Dance & Drama performances and Opulent Prasadam Feast.
Srila Prabhupada DisappearanceThis day marks the day when His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada completed his pastimes on this earth planet and entered his nitya lila. The day is observed with glorification and remembrance of the divine pastimes of Srila Prabhupada and his extraordinarily amazing feat of spreading Krishna consciousness throughout the world.
Gita JayantiGita Jayanti is celebrated on Mokshada Ekadasi, the day Lord Krishna spoke the greatest and the most confidential knowledge of devotional service of the Bhagavad Gita to his great devotee Arjuna. This day is marked with a Bhagavad Gita Maha yajna with the recitation of all 700 verses of the Gita. Also on this occasion devotees take the opportunity to share the gift of Gita to friends, neighbors and placing the Gita in hospitals, motels, hospices, libraries and prisons.
Festivals for 2023
Thu, Feb 2 Nityananda Trayodashi
Sun, Feb 19 Shiva Ratri
Mon, Mar 6 Gaura Purnima
Thu, Mar 30 Ramanavami
Thu, May 4 Nrsimha Caturdashi
Sun, Jun 25 Jagannath Ratha Yatra *(Jun 19)
Sun, Jul 8 Panihati Cida Dahi *(Jun 1)
Wed, Aug 30 Balarama Purnima
Wed, Sep 6 JANMASHTAMI
Thu, Sep 7 Srila Prabhupada Appearance
Fri, Sept 22 Radhashtami
Sun, Oct 22 Ramachandra Vijayotsava* (
Oct 28–Nov 26 Karthika Month
Sun, Nov 12 Govardhan Puja & Diwali* (Nov 12-13)
Thu, Nov 16 Srila Prabhupada’s Disappea
Fri, Dec 22 Gita Jayanti
(*Actual tithi date is brackets)