FESTIVAL

Balaram Jayanti

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is his second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. He assumes five other forms to serve Lord Krishna.The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is his second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.

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Chandan Yatra

Chandan-yatra is a twenty-one day festival observed in temples—especially in India—during the summer season. During Chandana-yatra, devotees anoint the Deities of the Lord with cooling sandalwood paste. Akshaya tritiya, according to the Vedic calendar, is a day considered to be conducive to success in any significant endeavor. Traditionally, those aware of Akshaya tritiya’s benefits schedule major life events—marriages, initiations, business

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Gaura Purnima

This festival celebrates the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in February – March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where Mahaprabhu appeared in the year 1486. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Person, Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Those who witnessed Mahaprabhu’s pastimes saw Him dance and chant with ecstatic love for God, the likes of which had never been seen before. He encouraged everyone to follow this same process. He taught that anyone—regardless of background or spiritual qualification—could develop their innate love of God and experience great spiritual pleasure by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

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Gita Jayanti

Gita Jayanti is birthday of Bhagvad Gita. It’s celebrated on the Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. “Bhagavad Gita” was revealed to Arjuna by Lord Krishna Himself in the battlefield of Kurukshetra (in present-day Haryana, India). The text is written in third person, narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra as it transpired between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. Sanjaya, the secretary of the blind King Dhritarashtra, had been blessed by his Guru, Ved Vyasa, with the power to remotely view the events taking place on the battlefield as they transpired.

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Govardhana Puja

The tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam relates many of Krishna’s amazing pastimes. Of these, “The Lifting of Govardhan Hill” is one of the devotees’ favourites.

It tells the story of how Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan for seven days and seven nights, balancing it on the tip of his small finger and thus providing a huge umbrella under which all the residents and animals of Vrindavan could find shelter from the devastating rainstorm sent by Lord Indra (god of rain and king of heaven) upon their village. When Lord Indra realized that only the Supreme Lord could defeat him in such a mystical way, he surrendered to Krishna.
Traditionally in Vrindavan, this very merry festival is celebrated by cooking very large amounts of food offerings which are then arranged in the form of Govardhan Hill. It is called Anna (grains) Kuta (mountain) and takes place on the day after Diwali.

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Jagannath Sannayatra

On the full-moon day, sixteen days before Ratha-yatra, Lord Jagannath is bathed. He becomes sick and is confined to rest for fourteen days. He is then offered special care until He comes out for Ratha-yatra. A special bath of Jagannath takes place on the Purnima of Jyestha month, to commemorate the appearance day of Lord Jagannath. According to Skanda Purana when Raja Indradyumna installed the wooden deities he arranged

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Jarmastami

পরমেশ্বর ভগবান শ্রীকৃষ্ণ ভাদ্র মাসের কৃষ্ণপক্ষীয়া অষ্টমী তিথিতে রোহিণী নক্ষত্রে যুগপৎ গোকুল ও মথুরাতে আবির্ভূত হন। ভগবানের এই আবির্ভাব তিথিকেই বলা জন্মাষ্টমী। যদিও শাস্ত্রে শ্রীকৃষ্ণের আবির্ভাব সম্পর্কে বিশদভাবে আলোচনা করা রয়েছে যা অত্যন্ত প্রামাণিক। তথাপি কিছু অল্প বুদ্ধিসম্পন্ন ব্যক্তিরা সেই সব তত্ত্ব বুঝতে পারে না। যদিও ভগবান শ্রীকৃষ্ণ ও তাঁর লীলা বোঝাটা সহজ কথা নয়। সে বিষয়ে ভগবান শ্রীকৃষ্ণ গীতায় (গী.৭/২৫) বলেছেন-

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Jhulan Yatra

আজ থেকে হাজার হাজার বছর র্পূব থেকেই এই ঝুলনোৎসব হয়ে আসছে মধুর বৃন্দাবনে। নবঘন কাননে শোভিত কুঞ্জ, নবপল্লভে পল্লবিত বৃক্ষশাখা, বিকশিত কুসুমদামে ভ্রমর গুঞ্জরিত, সারি শুক পিক গাওয়ে রসাল। পূর্ণিমার গভীর রজনীতে গগনে অখণ্ড মণ্ডল র্পূণ চন্দ্র উদ্ভাসিত, মৃদু মন্দ বহে সমীরণ এমন আনন্দঘন প্রহরে প্রেমোহিল্লোলে মেতে উঠত ভক্তকুল ঝুলন দোলায়।

নিজ মন্দির ত্যাজি কৃষ্ণপ্রেম অনুরাগিনী বৃষভানু নন্দিনী রাধারাণী ঝুলনোৎসব বাসনায় প্রিয় সখিগণকে সাথে নিয়ে নূপুরের রুনুঝুনু ধ্বনি বেরিয়েছেন কুঞ্জ পথে। লীলার্দশ বৈষ্ণব কবি গোবিন্দ দাস গাইলেন-

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Kartik Dipavali

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in the Indian calendar. The anniversaries of many auspicious historical events comprise this ancient festival. The festivities comprise of firecrackers, ceremonial bathing, feasting, artis, family get-togethers – and illuminations.
The aesthetically appealing illumination dates back to many millennia when the jubilant citizens of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama back to their city after His exile.

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Nityanand Trayodasi

Lord Nityananda is the eternal associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Rarely is the name Nimai (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) taken without that of Nitai (Lord Nityananda). Mahaprabhu cannot be approached or understood without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, who is the cardinal guru of all the universes and serves as an intermediary between Mahaprabhu and His devotees. He is the Lord’s active principle in both creation and lila. He is the second body of the Lord, manifesting as Balaram to Sri Krishna, Lakshman to Sri Ram and Nityananda Prabhu to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All other forms and expansions of the Lord emanate from this second body. Nityananda Prabhu is thus the source of Sankarshan, all the Vishu’s, and Ananta Sesa.

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Nrsimha Caturdashi

বৃহন্নারসিংহ পুরাণে ভগবান শ্রীনৃসিংহদেব ভক্ত প্রহ্লাদকে বললেন-

বর্ষে বর্ষে তু কর্তব্যং মম সন্তুষ্টি কারণম্।

মহা গুহ্যমিদং শ্রেষ্ঠং মানবৈর্ভবভীরুভিঃ ॥

“প্রতি বছর আমার সন্তুষ্টির উদ্দেশ্যে চতুর্দশী ব্রত কর্তব্য। জন্ম-মৃত্যুময় সংসার ভয়ে ভীত মানুষ এই পরম গোপনীয় ও শ্রেষ্ঠ ব্রত পালন করবে।”

বৈশাখ মাসের শুক্লা চতুর্দশীতে শ্রীনৃসিংহদেব আবির্ভূত হয়েছিলেন, তাই এই তিথিতে ব্রতপালনপূর্বক তাঁর পূজা ও উৎসব করতে হয়। শ্রীনৃসিংহদেব বললেন, আমার ব্রতদিন জেনেও যে ব্যক্তি লঙ্ঘন করে, চন্দ্র-সূর্য যতদিন থাকবে ততদিন নরক যাতনা ভোগ করবে।

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Radhastami

Radhashtami day is the most auspicious day of appearance of Goddess of fortune, Sri Radha, who is the feminine counterpart of Lord Sri Krishna. The scriptures extol her glories as the Supreme mother of the whole universe and the one who mercifully escorts and engages all the jivas in the loving devotional service to Sri Krishna.  She always holds a lotus in one of her hands and bestows her blessings out of vaatsalya or motherly affection for the jivas.  She is the Supreme shakti of Krishna. Just as sun and sunlight are inseparable, Radha and Krishna are one, but they have separated for the sake of exhibiting unlimited pastimes of love and to expand the bliss of all the jivas who engage in their eternal service. When we approach shakti, with the desire to become shaktimaan and to exploit the material resources, she manifests her anger as Durga with a trident representing threefold miseries (arising from body and mind, other living beings and natural calamities).

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Ram Navami

Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religion and the rise of irreligion the Lord appears millennium after millennium.
When the Lord comes to this world he doesn’t take birth like ordinary human beings but appears out of His own sweet will. Whenever there is a need for the protection of devotees the Lord appears. The Supreme Lord incarnates in many forms like Matsya the fish, Varaha the boar, Narsimha the half man half lion.

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Ratha Yatra

 

Hidden History of Ratha Yatra

His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

After giving up the company of the gopis in Vrindavana, Sri Krishna, the son of maharaja Nanda, engaged in his pastimes at Daraka. When Krishna went to Kuruksetra with his brother and sister and others from Dvaraka. He again met the inhabitants of Vrindavan. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Radha-Bhava-Dyuti-Sumvalita, that is, Krishna himself assuming the part of Srimati Radharani in order to understand Krishna.

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