Govardhana Puja & Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day 2011

Govardhana Puja & Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day 2011 Govardhana Puja on Sunday, 30th October 2011 The day after Diwali is referred to as Govardhana Puja or Annakuta festival (literally means “a hill of food”). On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) traditionally held a harvest festival in honor of the demigod King Indra who provided the rains essential for the harvest. One day, however, Lord Krishna convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honor Govardhana Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands. Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, calmly responded by lifting Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhana Hill, providing an umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavana from the torrential downpours. Realizing the futility of his actions, Indra finally appeared before Sri Krishna with folded hands, offering prayers of supplication. In this way Lord Krishna demonstrated that he is Deva Deva, Lord of the demigods, and that the purposes for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served simply by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes. On this day devotees offer Krishna large quantities and great varieties of vegetarian food. This day is also significant as the day on which, several thousand years later, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhana Hill. To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhana Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhana Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls which are dear to the Lord. At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of the temple. Programme Schedule: 10:30 a.m Bhajans; 11:00 a.m Damodara arati 11.30 a.m Lecture on pastime of Krishna Lifting of Govardhana Hill and about Srila Prabhupada 12.30 p.m Arati and Worship of Govardhana Hill/Annakut; 12.45 p.m Guru Puja 1.00 p.m Prasadham We would like to invite you all for the Govardhana Puja festival and invite you to sponsor all or part of it. For more information please contact: H.G. SARVANANDA DAS ISKCON Puducherry PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402, 9443468923 and 9940864086 Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day on Sunday, 30th October 2011 We would like to invite you all for the Disappearance day festival of our founder, Srila Prabhupada on 30th oct, 2011 in our ISKCON, Puducherry center from 10.30 p.m onwards alongwith Govardhana Puja. The program consists of Bhajans, homages to Srila Prabhupada, Bhoga offering, Pushpanjali, Arati and honoring of special feast prasadam. For more information please contact: H.G. SARVANANDA DAS PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402, 9443468923, 9940864086 Website: www. iskconpondicherry.com Click here to See the article on Srila Prabhupada Disappearance...

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day on Sunday, 30th October 2011

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day on Sunday, 30th October 2011 Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day on Sunday, 30th October 2011 We would like to invite you all for the Disappearance day festival of our founder, Srila Prabhupada on 30th oct, 2011 in our ISKCON, Puducherry center from 10.30 p.m onwards alongwith Govardhana Puja. The program consists of Bhajans, homages to Srila Prabhupada, Bhoga offering, Pushpanjali, Arati and honoring of special feast prasadam. For more information please contact: H.G. SARVANANDA DAS PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402, 9443468923, 9940864086 Website: www. iskconpondicherry.com Click here to See the article on Srila Prabhupada Disappearance...

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, in a conversation with Ganga Devi, Lord Krishna describes that after 5,000 years of Kali-yuga have passed, His mantra upasaka, the great sage and worshiper of Krishna’s holy names, will appear and spread the chanting of Krishna’s names (in the form of the Hare Krishna mantra) not only in India but throughout the world. Lord Krishna explains that by the chanting of His holy names the world will become spiritualized and everyone will be hari-bhaktas, engaged in the process of devotion to the Supreme. The purified devotees will visit the holy places and holy rivers of India and will purify them. They will also purify those with whom they come in contact. Thus, Sri Krishna predicted the appearance of a powerful devotee who would spread the chanting of His names worldwide. Even in the Sri Caitanya Mangala, a biography of Sri Caitanya, the most recent incarnation of Lord Krishna, written in 1537 by Srila Locana Dasa Thakura (who was born in 1520 A.D.), Lord Caitanya foretold the coming of an empowered devotee who would take the sankirtana process everywhere: “I want to flood the whole world with the chanting of the holy names. I will personally preach and flood India with harinama sankirtana, chanting of the holy names. And My senapati bhakta (great devotee commander) will come, preach in different countries and flood the world with the chanting of Hare Krishna.” This means that, though Sri Caitanya came to establish and spread the process of congregational chanting of Krishna’s names in India, there would be one great devotee who would appear and spread it throughout the world. Later, in the 1800s, Bhaktivinode Thakura, a great devotee in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya line, predicted in his magazine, Sajjana-toshani, in an article called Nityananda Suryodoy, “Soon there will be a time when chanting of Krishna’s name will be heard in England, France, Russia, Germany, and America.” In this regard, Bhaktivinode also wrote in his Sajjana-toshani in 1895 that, “Sriman Mahaprabhu [Sri Caitanya] did not descend with His associates to deliver a certain number of human beings in the land of India, but rather His purpose was to deliver and uplift all living beings in all countries of the world by practicing the eternal religion of all souls.” In the same article, Bhaktivinode questioned, when will that day come when all greatly fortunate souls take up banners, drums, and hand cymbals and cause the ecstatic waves of harinama-kirtans [songs of the holy names of the Supreme] and the singing of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s holy name to rise in the streets of their towns and cities? In 1896, Bhaktivinode predicted in his book, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: His Life and Precepts, on page 62, “The principle of kirtana, as the future church of the world, invites all classes of men without distinction of caste, creed, or clan to the highest cultivation of the spirit. This church will extend all over the world and take the place of all sectarian churches which exclude outsiders from the precincts of their mosque, church or temple.” What all this means is that with his spiritual vision, Bhaktivinode could see how the sankirtana process would be taken in the near future to the western countries and, indeed, all over the planet. In fact, in 1875 Bhaktivinode Thakura also predicted: “A personality will soon appear to preach the teachings of Lord Caitanya and move unrestrictedly over the whole world with His message.” But who could this be? Who would do it? As an answer to these prayers and predictions, on Nandotsava, the annual festival day celebrating Krishna’s birth, in the year of 1896, there appeared His Divine Grace...

Damodara Month (Lamp Festival)

Damodara Month (Lamp Festival) INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS Founder acharya: His Divine Grace A.C.Bhakthivedanta swami prabhupada Worship Lord Damodara (Krishna) in your home         ISKCON Puducherry is celebrating Damodara month from 13th Oct 2011 to 11th Nov 2011. As a part of this monthly celebration we are conducting Damodara home programs. This program is aimed at giving opportunity to all of you to worship Lord Damodara (Krishna) in your home.                  During this month a group of devotees will be visiting homes in your area (anywhere in puducherry) and conduct kirtan (bhajan) for 30 minutes. During the kirtan time everyone will be given opportunity to offer lamps to Lord Damodara.           We will bring a picture of Lord Damodara and lamps as well. All we need is a small space in your home to conduct the program on any day of your choice. You also have the complete freedom to decide and invite as many people as you want. You can take this opportunity to invite your friends and relatives so that they too can benefit from offering lamps to Lord Damodara. Also this is a nice and easy way to introduce our vedic culture to your family and kids. For your benefit we are conducting this program absolutely FREE OF COST!!!              Please contact us in the below mentioned address if you wish to conduct Damodara program in your home. Make sure that you mention on what date you want to have the program in your home. This home program will last a maximum of 30 minutes only, so it can be conducted on any day from Oct 13 to Nov 11. Ever since launching this programme we have been getting an overwhelming response. So to avoid any last minute disappointments book your spot As Soon As Possible!           Of all the 12 months in a year Damodara month is the most auspicious and offering lamps during this month pleases Krsna the most. Kartika mahatmya from 16th chapter Hari Bhakti Vilasa says that "By offering a lamp during the month of Karttika one attains a pious result ten million times greater than the result obtained by bathing at Kurukshetra during a solar a eclipse or by bathing in the river Narmada during a lunar eclipse” (Text 101). Check out the Glories of Kartika month given below.           Please feel free to share this info with your friends and relatives as well. Everyone deserves the mercy of Lord Damodara and we are happy to conduct home programs in any corner of Puducherry!!! For any  H.G Sarvananda Das ISKCON  No.41, 8th Cross, Rainbow Nagar PONDICHERRY – 605 013. PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402 MOBILE : 9443468923, 9940864086 EMAIL: sarvananda2003@yahoo.com Website:...