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Sri Balarama Purnima on 10 Aug 2014

Sri Balarama Purnima on 10 Aug 2014 Program begins from 4:00 pm onwards

Sri Krishna Janmashtami on 18 Aug 2014

Sri Krishna Janmashtami on 18 Aug 2014

Gaura Purnima 2014 – Lord Chaitanya’s appearance day

Gaura Purnima 2014 – Lord Chaitanya’s appearance day 16th March 2014, Sunday ( fasting till dusk) Programme starts from 4.00 p.m. onwards Gaura Purnima is a Gaudiya Vaishanva festival that celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadwipa, India. Gaura Purnima means “Golden Full Moon”. The name signifies that Lord Caitanya took birth at time of full moon and He blesses everyone with the moonlike rays of His teachings. Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Person, Krishna, appearing as His own worshiper. He is the combined form of Krishna and Krishna's most dear devotee, Srimati Radharani. He came to experience the love She feels for Him, and to show by example how to fully surrender to Krishna. He exhibited symptoms of love of God to the highest degree, and emphasized chanting the holy names Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare as the best means to attain love of God.  In the eleventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam the following verse is found:   krishna-varnam tvishakrishnam sangopangastra-parshadam yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah  "In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead, who constantly sings the name of Krishna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krishna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons, and confidential companions."  Devotees across the world celebrate Gaura Purnima by fasting till dusk, chanting the Holy Name of Lord Krishna, performing abhishek of Lord Caitanya and offering a variety of foodstuff to the Lord. Festivities at ISKCON Puducherry include Bhajans/Kirtans, maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, lecture on the glories of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and, Sri Gaura arati followed by dinner prasada for all.   Biography | Audio | Videos | Images | Wallpapers | Posters | ebooks | Coloring Book | Comics of Caitanya...

Kartika Month 2013

Kartika Month 2013 Starts from 19 oct to 17 nov 2013 Kartik (Damodar)…The Holiest Month… Kartik (Damodar) is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda. Everybody should follow following practices in Kartik (Damodar) month: 1. Daily offer a ghee lamp to Krishna and sing the Damodarastakam, meditating on meaning. 2. One should always remember Supreme Lord Hari. Devotees should try to do more Harinam Chanting. Do extra rounds and more kirtana. 3. Hear Srimad Bhagavatam, daily in association of exalted Vaisnavas, if possible. All other duties should be given up in favor of hearing the scriptures from sadhus during this month. It is most beneficial to recite and read Gajendra Moksha Lila-stava from 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, which teaches complete surrender/dependence of Supreme Lord. 4. Eat only prasadam. 5. Daily recite Siksastaka of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and meditate on its meaning. Read the commentary on Sikastaka by Bhaktivinod Thakur. 6. Daily Read the the Updeshamrata of Srila Rupa Goswami . 7. Daily offer lamp to Tulsi devi and pray for eternal residence in Vrndavana and eternal service of the lotus feet of Radha and Krishna. Do 4 parikrama (circumbulation) of Tulasi. 8. Make nice offerings for Krishna. Devotees should observe the festival of Annakuta, Giriraj Govardhan Puja. 9. Associate more with devotees. 10. Practice brahmacharya – celibacy. 11. Perform austerities. Following are excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month: “If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.” “If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.” “A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.” “A person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.” “Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.” “The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik." Damodarastakam : Must sing during Kartik month   (1) namamisvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam yasoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam paramrishtam atyantato drutya gopya (2) rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram muhuh svasa-kampa-trirekhanka-kanthasthita- graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham (3) itidrik sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde sva-ghosham nimajjantam akhyapayantam tadiyeshita-jneshu bhaktair jitatvam punah prematas tam satavritti vande (4) varam deva moksham na mokshavadhim va na canyam vrine ’ham vareshad apiha idam te vapur natha gopala-balam sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih (5) idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair vritam kuntalaih snigdha-raktais ca gopya muhus cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me manasy avirastam alam laksha-labhaih (6) namo deva damodarananta vishno prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam kripa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu grihanesha mam ajnam edhy akshi-drisyah (7) kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau kritau ca tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha na mokshe graho me ‘sti damodareha (8) namas te ’stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne tvadiyodarayatha visvasya dhamne namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai namo ’nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam TRANSLATION 1) To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and...

Govardhan Puja on 4th Nov 2013

Govardhan Puja on 4th Nov 2013 Worshiping Govardhana Hill Krishna Book Chpater – 24 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada While engaged with the brahmanas who were too much involved in the performance of Vedic sacrifices, Krishna and Balarama also saw that the cowherd men were preparing a similar sacrifice in order to pacify Indra, the King of heaven, who is responsible for supplying water. As stated in the Caitanya-caritamrita, a devotee of Krishna has strong and firm faith in the understanding that if he is simply engaged in Krishna consciousness and Krishna’s transcendental loving service, then he is freed from all other obligations. A pure devotee of Lord Krishna doesn’t have to perform any of the ritualistic functions enjoined in the Vedas; nor is he required to worship any demigods. Being a devotee of Lord Krishna, one is understood to have performed all kinds of Vedic rituals and all kinds of worship to the demigods. One does not develop devotional service for Krishna by performing the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies or worshiping the demigods, but it should be understood that one who is engaged fully in the service of the Lord has already fulfilled all Vedic injunctions. In order to stop all such activities by His devotees, Krishna wanted to firmly establish exclusive devotional service during His presence in Vrindavana. Because He is the omniscient Personality of Godhead, Krishna knew that the cowherd men were preparing for the Indra sacrifice, but as a matter of etiquette He began to inquire with great honor and submission from elder personalities like Maharaja Nanda.   Krishna asked His father, “My dear father, what is this arrangement going on for a great sacrifice? What is the result of such a sacrifice, and for whom is it meant? How is it performed? Will you kindly let Me know? I am very eager to know this procedure, so please explain to Me the purpose of this sacrifice.” Upon this inquiry, His father, Nanda Maharaja, remained silent, thinking that his young boy would not be able to understand the intricacies of performing the yajna. Krishna, however, persisted: “My dear father, for those who are liberal and saintly, there is no secrecy. They do not think anyone to be a friend, an enemy or a neutral party, because they are always open to everyone. And even for those who are not so liberal, nothing should be kept secret from the family members and friends, although secrecy may be maintained for persons who are inimical. Therefore you cannot keep any secrets from Me. All persons are engaged in fruitive activities. Some know what these activities are, and they know the result, and some execute activities without knowing the purpose or the result. A person who acts with full knowledge gets the full result; one who acts without knowledge does not get such a perfect result. Therefore, please let Me know the purpose of the sacrifice you are going to perform. Is it according to Vedic injunction? Or is it simply a popular ceremony? Kindly let Me know in detail about the sacrifice.”   On hearing this inquiry from Krishna, Maharaja Nanda replied, “My dear boy, this ceremonial performance is more or less traditional. Because rainfall is due to the mercy of King Indra and the clouds are his representatives, and because water is so important for our living, we must show some gratitude to the controller of this rainfall, Maharaja Indra. We are arranging, therefore, to pacify King Indra, because he has very kindly sent us clouds to pour down a sufficient quantity of rain for successful agricultural activities. Water is very important: without rainfall we cannot farm or produce grain, and...
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