TEMPLE FESTIVALS Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari

7 GOOD REASONS TO CELEBRATE

The Festive Nature of Krishna Consciousness

Celebrating almost Everyday

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.
Visit nearst branch to offer Deep in Kartik maas
GOVARDHAN PUJA
As per the instructions of Krishna and following in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavana, this festival is celebrated every year in the month of Kartika. Devotees prepare varieties of foodstuffs with grain and ghee (like rice, dhal, halva, pakora, puri, etc.) and all kinds of milk preparations (such as sweet rice, rabri, sweet balls, sandesh, rasagulla and laddu).
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.
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.
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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.

ACHARYAS

APP/ DISAPP OF 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.

YOUTH FESTIVALS

YOUTH FESTIVALS

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.

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.

FESTIVAL = CHANTING. DANCING. FEASTING.