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NITYANANDA TRAYODASI

It is the most auspicious appearance day of Lord Nityananda. In his previous incarnations, He appeared as Lord Balaram, the beloved brother of Krishna, and as Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama. Lord Sri Krishna descended in Kali Yuga as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatar, to deliver the people of this age through Sankirtan, the congregational chanting.

GAURA PURNIMA

Lord Gauranga appeared on this planet around 500 years ago. The Lord, in his previous incarnations like Krishna, Rama and Narasimha annihilated the miscreants who caused suffering to his devotees. Lord Sri Krishna descended in Kali Yuga as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatar, to deliver the people of this age through Sankirtan, the congregational chanting.

HOLI

Holi is a celebration of Life’s abundance, with its multitude of colours. It was celebrated by Lord Krishna, 5,000 years ago, along with his friends & especially with Sri Radha. At ISKCON Chowpatty, the festival is joyously celebrated annually by offering emotions ( in form of both wet & dry colours) to the source of all love and life, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath.

Visit nearst branch to offer Deep in Kartik maas

DEEPOTSAVA

The Festival of Lamps is celebrated at the temple for one full month of Kartika. During this month, in Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, Lord Damodara along with his mother Yashoda, is offered lamps of love by hundreds of devotees. In the morning (8 AM) and in the evening (7:30 PM), the beautiful Damodarashtakam is sung.

PUSHYA ABHISHEK

Most festivals celebrated in the temple involve the Abhishek of the utsava murtis (small brass Deities); but on this special festival, the main Deities of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath are showered with 1,000 kgs of colorful flower petals. The best flowers are procured from different parts of the country specially for this occasion – Roses from Vrindavan, Jasmines from Coimbatore.

The Festive Nature of Krishna Consciousness

This Krsna culture has so many festivals. We could have one every day. In the spiritual world, every day is a festival.

Srila Prabhupada

Our movement is for ananda, simply bliss, and the method of pushing this movement is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophizing. So in our almanac there are many festivals in every month.

Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Jadurani – LA 15-July 1969

  Best way to maintain enthusiasm is by regular chanting with the devotees together in the temple and by having festivals. So you should immediately have one festival then everyone will be busily engaged. There are so many festivals that I can give you one for every day.

Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Svati Devi: Jan'72

  Observe many festivals, that will keep both public and devotees alive. Temple means festivals and Festivals means chanting and distribution of Prasadam.

Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Tamala Krsna – Aug'73

Either alone or in public gatherings, with singing, dancing and other exhibitions of royal opulence, one should arrange to celebrate those holy days, ceremonies and festivals set aside specially for My worship.

Krishna to Uddhava in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.29.11

Transcendental are the appearance and disappearance of Krsna’s devotees who are sent to this material world to preach the glories of the Lord. According to the principles of Vaisnavism, both the appearance and the disappearance of such Vaishnavas, or devotees of Visnu (Krsna), are all-auspicious. Therefore we hold festivals in their honor on the anniversaries of both days.

Srila Prabhupada in the book Second Chance – Text 4

Good Reasons to Celebrate

Excuse
Engage
Enjoy
Experience
Enhance
Enthral
Express
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Special Festivals

Ekadashi

Ekadashi

Of all vratas, Visnu is most pleased with those who observe the Ekadasi fast. It is said that a Vaisnava does not accept any eatable that is not offered to Lord Visnu, also it is strictly forbidden for one to accept any kind of grain on Ekadasi, even if it is offered to Lord.

 

KIRTAN

KIRTAN

It is held during the month of January for two and half days. It is received with great eagerness, spirits and numbers with the presence of great Kirtaniyas. The festival is aimed to spiritualise the vibrations on this planet, and simultaneously strengthen the devotion in our hearts.

Youth
Festival

Youth Festival

They serve as an oasis that is ‘life-giving and transforming’ in a stress–ridden society’ that is like a desert. Thus these festivals are committed to provide a facility like an Oasis in the middle of a desert to keep oneself surcharged in remembrance of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

DRAMA
FESTIVAL

DRAMA FESTIVAL

Performing and producing dramas brings the community together. Devotees practice for months and annually on 2 days, the whole congregation witnesses these presentations of drama by devotees trained for months and attended by many Srila Prabhupada’s disciples.

Acharyas

Acharyas

The more love we have love for God and his great devotees, the more we can serve them in everything we do. In the Gaudiya Vaishnav tradition, we don’t want to love Lord Krishna simply so that we can be in ecstasy but we do, say or think will give ecstasy to Lord Krishna.