• Festival

    All about Kartika Month, 2021

    Among all the months Kartika is the holiest month and is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna every year. It occurs during October-November and is the last month out of the four-month period called Chaturmasya. This year it falls from 20th Oct to 19 Nov, 2021. Damodara-lila It is a month-long festival commemorating Damodara-lila, the sweet pastime of baby Krishna stealing butter and consequently being tied to a mortar by His dear mother Yashoda.In Sanskrit, “dama” means rope and “udara” means belly. Damodara refers to Krishna who was bound with a rope by His mother Yashoda. This month commemorates how mother Yashoda was able to bind the Supreme Personality of…

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    Srimati Radharani’s unique position

    Srimati Radharani’s Appearance “On the Ashtami tithi of Gaura paksha, in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Yamuna river to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl in its whorl. The King picked up the beautiful girl and decided to raise her as his own daughter. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted doubted if she were blind as she did not open her eyes. “Lord Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, heard that her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along…

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    Śrī Śrī Rādhā-kripa-kaṭākṣa-stava-rāja

    The PRAYER FOR THE MERCIFUL SIDELONG GLANCE OF SRI RADHA (An Appeal to Śīmatī Rādhāraṇi from the Ūrdhvāmnāya-tantra)Spoken by Lord Śiva to Parvati Translated by Kuśakratha dāsa श्री राधा-कृपा-कटाक्ष-स्तव-राजŚrī Rādhā-kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-stava-rāja Text 1मुनीन्द्र–वृन्द–वन्दिते त्रिलोक–शोक–हारिणिप्रसन्न-वक्त्र-पण्कजे निकुञ्ज-भू-विलासिनिव्रजेन्द्र–भानु–नन्दिनि व्रजेन्द्र–सूनु–संगतेकदा करिष्यसीह मां कृपाकटाक्ष–भाजनम् ॥१॥ munīndra-vṛnda-vandite triloka-śoka-hāriṇiprasanna-vaktra-paṇkaje nikuñja-bhū-vilāsinivrajendra-bhānu-nandini vrajendra-sūnu-saṅgatekadā kariṣyasīha māṁ kṛpā-kaṭākṣa-bhājanam ||1|| O goddess worshiped by the kings of sages, O goddess who remove the sufferings of the three worlds, O goddess whose face is a blossoming lotus, O goddess who enjoy pastimes in the forest, O daughter of Vrishhabhanu, O companion of Vraja’s prince, when will You cast Your merciful sidelong glance upon me? Text 2अशोक–वृक्ष–वल्लरी वितान–मण्डप–स्थितेप्रवालबाल–पल्लव प्रभारुणांघ्रि–कोमले ।वराभयस्फुरत्करे प्रभूतसम्पदालयेकदा करिष्यसीह मां कृपाकटाक्ष–भाजनम् ॥२॥…

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    Annada Ekadashi – 03 Sep 2021

    Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja said, “Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).”    The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, then replied, “Oh King, hear Me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadashi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadashi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true…

  • Pastime

    Who is Lord Krishna, Why should we accept Him as our leader?

    Many a times Krishna consciousness movement is criticized for not being open and propagating only worship of one god – Lord Krishna. So today we will explore why only Lord Krishna is worshipped. A very well-known shloka from the scriptures says vasudeva-sutaṁ devaṁkaṁsa-cāṇūra-mardanamdevakī paramānandaṁkṛṣṇaṁ vande jagat-gurum The Lord who was born as the son of Vasudeva, who killed Kamsa and Canura and who gave lot of joy to Mother Devaki, that Krishna is the only Guru of the universe. Have you come across situations where you don’t know what to do? It’s not just simple humans but also prodigious leaders sometimes won’t know what to do? Maharaja Yudhisthira was known…

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    Jhulan Utsav – The swing festival

    In India, the month of Shravana(July-Aug), being the beginning of the rainy season is most pleasurable. The atmosphere is surcharged with cool breezes and lush green fields. This month is also considered auspicious and sacred. Taking advantage, the devotees try to enhance the pleasure of Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani by conducting a swing festival for Them. In Sridham Vrindavan the swing festival is celebrated, since time immemorial, in all temples with great love and pomp. Srila Prabhupada once said “Regarding Jhulana yatra Ceremony, during these five days the Deities’ clothing should be changed every day, and there should be nice Prasadam distribution and Sankirtana as far as possible. If…

  • Philosophy

    Srila Lokanatha Gosvami – Disappearance day – 31st Jul 2021

       Srila Loknatha Gosvami was born in the village of Talkhari in 1540, within the district of Jessore, Bangladesh, as the son of Sri Padmanabha Bhattacharya and his wife, Sri Sita devi.   Sri Padmanabha Bhattacharya was a devoted follower of Sri Advaita Acharya, who was very fond of Sri Padmanabha. The younger brother of Lokanatha was Pragalbha Bhattacharya. He came to Navadvip in the age of fifteen and started studying devotional science at Advaitacharya’s school. Sri Gauranga and Gadhadara Pandit were his classmates here. Being pleased with his devotion, Acharya himself initiated Lokanatha.    In Navadvip Sri Gaurasundara very lovingly embraced Lokanatha and instructed him to go to Vrindavan as…