Major Festivals

Major Festivals

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

The day when Lord Krishna took birth is called as Janmastami. The Janmastami festival is celebrated by millions of people every year all over the world. During the birth of Lord Krishna, the whole atmosphere became filled with prosperity and joy. The trees were laden with fruits and flowers. The rivers were overflowing with water, and the lakes were beautifully decorated with lotus flowers. The birds in the forest began ...
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Sri Gaura Purnima

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. Gaura Purnima means “golden full moon,” signifying that Lord Chaitanya was “born” during a full moon, and the Lord blesses everyone with the soothing, moonlike rays of His sublime teachings. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu advocated a universal religion for everyone, ...
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ISKCON Dasara

In the Treta Yuga, the Supreme Lord appeared as Lord Rama, the son of Dasaratha. He was exiled, and His wife Sita (the daughter of King Janaka) and brother Lakshmana accompanied Him. Valmiki’s Ramayana chronicles the life of Lord Rama when He was in exile for 14 years. His wife Sita was abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon. Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, also known as Pavan-Suta (son ...
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Vyasa Puja

According to the Vedic system, the birthday of the spiritual master is celebrated as Vyasa-puja. Srila Vyasadeva has very wonderfully compiled all the Vedic literatures and thus he is the original spiritual master for anyone following the Vedic way of spiritual realization. The spiritual master carries the message of Vyasadeva throughout the world and is thus known as the representative of Vyasadeva. Thus the spiritual master’s auspicious appearance day is ...
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Vaikuntha Ekadasi

According to Vedic scriptures and great acharyas, the world we live in is replete with Kunta or misery. Here, we are helplessly forced to suffer birth, disease, old-age and death. From powerful leaders to common men, no one can escape these four miseries. Yet, the acharyas say, the human form of life is especially suitable for obtaining a permanent solution to these problems. In the human form one can achieve ...
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Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Ratha Yatra

The first Ratha-yatra was held 5,000 years before, when Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra came from Dwaraka to Kuruksetra. Similarly, Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Ratha-Yatra is being observed in Jagannath Puri from time immemorial. In the Sankirtan movement started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, conducting Ratha Yatra is a very integral part of the movement. In the same tradition, Srila Prabhupada introduced this Ratha-yäträ festival in the western world for the first ...
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