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In the heart of South Africa, a dedicated team of devotees has come together to form the African Ratha Yatra Alliance or ARYA. Led by Baladev Jagannath Das, the coordinator of programs and logistics, ARYA has been enthusiastically working to bring the devotional vibrancy of Ratha Yatra festivals to different corners of Africa. In a recent interview, Baladev shared the inspiring journey of ARYA and shed light on the challenges they have faced along the way.

The origins of ARYA can be traced back

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By Mathura Lilesvari Devi Dasi

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2023 – The International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Harrisburg (ISKCON of Harrisburg) is gearing up to celebrate its 13th Annual Hare Krishna Festival of India on Saturday, July 8, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Island in Harrisburg. Harrisburg is only a short drive from most major cities on the East Coast – 3 hours from New York City and 2 hours from most towns in New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

The festival will s

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We have gathered at the lotus feet of the Pancha-tattva on this most auspicious occasion of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami’s cida-dadhi festival, the background to which can be found in his early life. Raghunatha dasa’s uncle and father, Hiranya and Govardhana Majumadara, were wealthy landlords in Bengal—almost like kings—and had a huge, opulent riverside palace, with boats that plied the river. Hiranya and Govardhana were generous and devoted to brahminical culture, and they practically maintained th

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Candana Yatra and Aksaya Tritiya

In the Skanda Purana (Utkala-khanda, Chapter 29) it is described that Lord Jagannatha instructed King Indradyumna to keep His transcendental body cool by applying sandalwood paste all over His divine form:

vaisakhasya site pakse tritiyaksaya samjnikatatra 
mam lepayed gandha lepanair ati sobhanam

“Smear fragrant sandalwood paste on My body on the day of Aksaya-trtiya during the waxing moon in the month of Vaisakha.”

This festival is called the Candana-yatra festival, which literally translates

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~Mayapur Gaura Purnima Nectar~

As we all know, Gaura Purnima festival is not a one-day celebration in Sri Dham Mayapur but a long, one-month celebration; hence, we are very grateful to all those that have participated in sponsoring several sevas during this period. From festival inauguration prasadam to all prasadam sponsorship, Jagannath Misra feast, Sravan Utsav, Kirtan Mela, event sponsorships, Navadwip Parikram, Shantipur Festival, Kirtan Purnima, Maha Abhisheka, and lots more…This Gaura

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Today we continue our celebration of the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna who descended in the age of Kali in the role of a devotee. He appeared on what we now call Gaura-purnima, in the evening of the full-moon day in the month of Phalguna. At the time, there was a lunar eclipse, and as was the tradition, as was recommended in scripture, Hindus immersed themselves in the Ganges and chanted the holy names. Eclipses are considered inauspicious, a

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By Giriraj Swami

Today we are celebrating the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna, who descended in the age of Kali in the role of a devotee. He appeared on what we now call Gaura-purnima, in the evening of the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. At the time, there was a lunar eclipse, and as was the tradition, as recommended in scripture, Hindus immersed themselves in the Ganges and chanted the holy names. Eclipses are considered inauspicious,

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Gaura Purnima Sponsorships


On the 12th of February devotees will arrive for Sravana Utsava & Kirtan Mela, followed by festival inauguration, various festivities, Navadwipa Mandala Parikrama, and the grand celebration of Gaura Purnima on the 7th of March.


Click on one of the below sponsorship categories for more information:


For any details, contact info@mayapur.com or shyamagopika.jps@mayapur.com

Source: https://www.mayapur.com/2023/gaura-purnima-sponsorships/

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Gaura Purnima 2023 Schedule


The festival of Gaura Purnima is upon us once more, and whether you are physically present or not, we gladly invite you to join us in celebrating! Take advantage of the chance this year to serve Sri Pancha Tattva on Gaura Purnima and receive Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s unending blessings!

Please watch out for the Seva Sponsorship Forms On www.mayapur.com page!

Read more: https://www.mayapur.com/2023/gaura-purnima-2023-schedule/

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10856201875?profile=RESIZE_400x10856202279?profile=RESIZE_400xYesterday we celebrated Govardhana Puja. It was an amazing celebration! It was feasting the whole day, and the distribution of Annukut Govardhana Prasadam took off at about 12:45 in the afternoon till about 4:30 pm. It was almost as if the entire village in and around Mayapur was fed as the queue kept growing more and more. Indeed, Giriraja was there Yesterday to feed and shelter His devotees and those willing to take His shelter!
So, as we all know from the pastime, Giriraja honored a tr
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Meaning and Reasons for Diwali Celebrations


Compiled by Mother Gandhari dasi Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Bhakti Yoga Instructor

Diwali comes from the word Dipavali which has two words dipa means light and avali means carrier. Therefore Dipa or Diya (1) signifies ‘coming to light’. In the Vedic Literature it is mentioned: “Tamasa Ma, Jyotir Gamaya” means ‘Do not remain in Darkness, Come to Light’, meaning ‘come to spiritual awareness or awakening’.

In the Bhagavat Gita Chapter four verse seven and eight Lord Krsna says: ‘yada yada hi dharmasy

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By Srigarbha das

Hare Krishna, this year Janmastami festival was celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm in Bangladesh. Thousands of devotees gathered together for a huge extravaganza. Janmastami festival is celebrated as the holy appearance day of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. Srimad Bhagavatam told, Krishna is the only God and all others are his expansions. Various acharyas like Shankaracharya, Madhavacharya, Ramanujacharya, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu have accepted Lord Sri

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What Would You Do? By Satyaraja Dasa


Prabhupada’s Money Analogy and the Politics of Doing the Right Thing

 - Satyaraja Dasa (Steven J. Rosen)

According to Srila Prabhupada, one can gauge a person’s spiritual status by how they react to finding money on the street: Do they keep it for themselves? Do they leave it lying there? Or do they look for the original owner? What would you do?

In Sanskrit, there are three terms that cover the gamut of possible reactions to finding money in the street: bhoga, (enjoyment); tyaga (renunciation)

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Hare Kṛishna!
Please Accept Our Humble Obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
ISKCON Mayapur welcomes all you for a Festive Month!
An all-auspicious Month and one you wouldn’t want to miss out!
Festivals are the Summum Bonum of ISKCON. exude with colourful decorations, palatable feasts, elaborate rituals, kirtans, dance and dramas, the festivals make spiritual progress a fun-filled experience for the devotees of ISKCON. The original Vedic flavor is thus revived, and anyone wh
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ISKCON Gita Nagari to host 44th country style Ratha Yatra after two-year hiatus.

After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, ISKCON Gita Nagari is gearing up to celebrate its 44th Annual Ratha Yatra on Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gita Nagari Eco Farm, Port Royal, Pennsylvania.

“This is probably the only Ratha Yatra in ISKCON North America and possibly the world which is done country-style. Imagine singing and dancing to the Holy names of Krishna surrounded by natu

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The local devotees of Krishna Consciousness pulled off a great fest today; the first of two days to honour Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, on this 44th celebration. Back they are to the procession on Ste. Laurent and then to Rue Mont Royale. Our group from Toronto and the Bhakti Academy took to the stage for the performance of “Demon.” Actually, community theatre like this is very meaningful. My experience tells of the best form of teamwork. From age eight up to my age (I’ll be 70 this ye

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10543571260?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Yashoda Dulal Dasa   

For a number of years, ISKCON Christchurch in Te Waipounamu (New Zealand’s South Island) has held a combined padayatra (a walking journey) and boat festival. There are two small rivers running through the city, the Avon and Heathcote, that pass by beautiful forested gardens as well as the prominent urban centre, which is always an ideal setting for our colourful festivals.

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/easter-festival-graces-new-zealands-garden-city/

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By Damodarlila dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader

We celebrated Ramnavami mohatsava on April 10, 2022, at Hadgaon, a town in Nanded District that has twenty initiated devotees, all disciples of Radhanath Maharaja. Devotees from Mumbai Chowpatty’s Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath temple come to Hadgaon for preaching on a regular basis, along with other places – we also met them when we were at Manwath and they joined us in sankirtan.

Sri Ramchandra’s appearance day was approaching and we were thinking whe

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Hare Krishna
Please accept our humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
This year, by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaishnavas, we will be organizing another Sravan Utsava Mela so that all visiting and resident devotees can get the opportunity to hear and relish nectarean Hari katha from some of our society’s senior devotees.
Dates: 25th to 28th February, 2022.
There will be four seminars a day. Detailed schedule of the same has been attached for your kind refe
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9975444294?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Sunanda Das

Celebrating 5 Anniversaries in 1 Festival

The TOVP Team is pleased to announce the upcoming, all-auspicious Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5, 2022. This will be a festival to beat all festivals, commemorating the anniversary of five important years in the history of ISKCON.

  • 50th Anniversary of Chota Radha Madhava’s Installation
  • 50th Anniversary of the ISKCON Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival
  • 50th Anniversary of Prabhupada Laying the TOVP Cornerstone
  • 50th Anniver
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