Festival Calendar

As per the vaishnava calendar the years are counted from the appearance of Lord Caitanya which took place in 1486 AD. The year begins on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Phalgun month, which marks the appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This calendar is also known as the Gaurabdha, based on the name “Gaura”, of Lord Caitanya, which means “one with golden complexion.” The calendar enlists all the important festivals observed in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition.

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Sri Rama Navami
Sri Rama Navami, celebrated on the ninth day of the bright phase moon in the month of Chaitra, commemorates the auspicious appearance of the Supreme Lord Sri Ramachandra, as the son of His pure devotee Maharaja Dasharatha. This festival is marked by the performance of a special Rama Taraka Homa.

Sri Narasimha Jayanti
In order to protect His five-year old devotee Prahlada from the atrocities of his demonic father Hiranyakashipu, Lord Krishna appeared in this wonderful half man - half lion form of Narasimhadeva. This festival which is also known as Narasimha Chaturdasi is observed on Vaisakha Shukla Chaturdashi or fourteenth day of waxing moon of Vaisakha month. A grand Narasimha Homa is the special feature of this festival.

Panihati Chida-dahi
Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, a close associate of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, following His order, observed a festival in Panihati village of Bengal by distributing chipped rice (poha) mixed with yogurt. This came to be known as Panihati Chida-dahi festival.

Sri Balaram Jayanti
This is the appearance day of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Lord Sri Krishna. He is the original spiritual master, and devotees offer special prayers to Lord Balarama on this day to receive spiritual strength from Him. The festival is celebrated on full moon day (purnima) of Shravan masa.

Jhulan Utsav
The festival of Jhulan Utsava is celebrated for five days from the eleventh day (ekadashi) of the bright fortnight of Shravana (July-Aug) and lasts until the full moon night of the month. During this festival the Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madhav are gently swayed on a swing. Everyone attending the festival get a unique opportunity to swing Their Lordships and enjoy divine bliss.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the auspicious appearance of Lord Sri Krishna, who appeared in Vrindavana 5000 years ago. Lord Krishna appeared, on the eight day of the waning phase (Krishna paksha) of the moon in Shravan masa, as a cowherd boy as the son of Nanda Maharaja and Mother Yashoda.

Vyasa Puja
Sri Vyasadeva is the original spiritual master. The bonafide Guru or spiritual master is the representative of Srila Vyasadeva. Hence the appearance day of the guru is called Vyasa Puja. Srila A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the bona fide spiritual master in Hare Krishna Movement. Vyasa Puja is celebrated on his appearance day, which occurs on the next day of Janmashtami.

Sri Radhashtami
Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna. She appeared on the eighth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra (August – September) fifteen days after the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. She was found in a field by Maharaja Vrushabhanu, who along with his wife Kirtida Sundari, became her foster parents.

Vamana Jayanti
Lord Vamanadeva appeared as the son of Kashyapa and Aditi. Lord Vamanadeva appeared in this world from the womb of Aditi completely equipped with conch shell, disc, club and lotus. His bodily hue was blackish, and He was dressed in yellow garments. Lord Vishnu appeared at an auspicious moment on Sravana-dvadashi when the Abhijit star had arisen. After His appearance, the Lord assumed the form of a dwarf (Vamana).

This is the month full of celebrations with thousands of lit lamps decorating the temple of the Lord.
Devotees offer ghee lamps to Lord Krishna during the auspicious month of Karthika. Thousands join to celebrate the spiritually enlivening month-long festival of lights to the accompaniment of soul-stirring devotional music.

Govardhan Puja
This festival is celebrated to commemorate the pastime of the Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill on the little finger of His left hand for seven days, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from rain-storms sent by Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens.

Nityananda Trayodashi
Five hundred years back Lord Krishna appeared in Navadvipa village of Bengal as Lord Chaitanya, and Lord Balarama appeared with Him as Lord Nityananda. Both the Lordships engaged in preaching the yuga-dharma of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and thus delivering the general masses of this age. Lord Nityananda is glorified for being especially compassionate upon the fallen souls of Kali-yuga.

Gaura Poornima
Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna, advented at Sridhama Mayapura in Bengal on the Poornima of the Phalguni month during the full lunar eclipse, in the year 1486 of the Christian calendar. He is considered to be the most munificent incarnation as He freely distributed Krishna-bhakti to one and all, without discrimination, by introducing the simplest process of chanting Hare Krishna Maha-mantra.