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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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Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact this month is known as Damodar, since in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani, and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favor.

With great happiness in our hearts, we invite everyone to join in the auspicious Kartika Festival in Vrindavan. We have organized
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🪔🪔 𝗠𝗮𝘆𝗮𝗽𝘂𝗿 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗸 𝗦𝗲𝘃𝗮 🪔🪔

💫🌹𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗢𝗰𝘁 -𝟭𝟵𝘁𝗵 𝗡𝗼𝘃 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭🌹💫

All glories to the most divine of all the twelve months, all glories to that beautiful little cowherd boy who has specially given us fallen souls the opportunity to render such insignificant service to His Divine form as Damodar!

“It is said Just as there is no yuga equal to Satya-yuga, no scripture equal to the Vedas, and no place of pilgrimage equal to the Ganges, so there is no month equal to Kartika, that is dearest to Lord Krishna.” Dur

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To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the installation of Sri-Sri Rukmini-Dwarakadisa, as well as the inception of Their beautiful worship, a commemorative festival will be held. Special guest speakers from the time of those glorious beginnings will speak, and a variety of special Krishna Janmastami worship and kirtan will be performed throughout the two-day festival.  

The celebration will take place on August  28-29 as well as on Janmastami Day, because the Deities were installed in August fif

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ISKCON Boston is celebrating the 50th installation anniversary of the presiding deities Sri Sri Radha Gopivallabha. On this auspicious occasion ISKCON Boston would like to warmly invite you to join a 2-day online festival on Aug 7 & Aug 8 to celebrate! We welcome you to join the online festivity on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IskconBoston
You can also join via Zoom: Please join us at Zoom ID 916 4947 3119 (password: 108) or using a single click at https://zoom.us/j/91649473119….

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By Mangalananda dasa

In June, of this year, devotees held the region’s first-ever Rathayatra Festival in the little New Brunswick village of Memramcook. 

Devotees who live in less populated areas of Eastern Canada hold weekly in-home programs where they gather to chant the holy names, listen to lectures, and honor prasadam. In this area of Canada, they call themselves ISKCON Maritimes, which comprise of centers in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Jhulan Yatra & Balaram Jayanti

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The Jhulan Festival is celebrated in the month of Shravana (August), from the eleventh day of the bright fortnight (Ekadashi) to the full-moon day (Purnima). This festival is celebrated to commemorate the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna with His friends, the young cowherd boys, and girls, swinging underneath the trees.

Every day the Deities of Sri Radha Madhava are adorned with various jewelleries and gently swayed on a swing decorated profusely with flowers. The main temple hall is decorate

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By Pranata Karuna das

Due to the pandemic, we cannot leave Lithuania for other countries, so we go out for Harinams in small towns and villages.

In these places, people have never heard the Holy Name, so we are very happy, if even a few people are able to get the opportunity to be in touch with the Holy Name.

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pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma
“In every town and village, the chanting of My name will be heard.” (Caitanya-bhāgavata, Antya 4.126)

Not everywhere we

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Ever since the pandemic, it has been extremely difficult for us to come together and be in association of devotees and to celebrate the various occasions that we otherwise did with so much of grandeur. Nevertheless, we have been trying our best to bring to you every celebration in the best possible way. We felt that even this year, we wouldn't be able to have a Ratha Yatra like we usually did, but Lord Jagannath had other plans. 
 
Although the whole intention of Ratha Yatra is that everyone ge
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Our life is like a yatra – a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey towards the Divine. Our body symbolises the rath or chariot, through which we embark on the journey towards serving and attaining eternal love of the Lordships. Though we live in this material body or ‘rath’, the bonafide shastras and acharyas advise us to surrender its control to the all-merciful Lord Purushottama.  Thus, by sincerely following their instructions, we earn their blessings and eventually we are able to blissfully maneu

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Dear Patrons / Bhaktas, Jaya Jagannath! All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

The Lord of Universe, Lord Jagannath, the most Merciful Lord, once again bestows His Unlimited Mercy – A Rare Opportunity to bathe the Lordships personally and celebrate  a grand Snana Yatra! At Simantadvipa, in the holy abode of Rajapur dhama, abhinna Sri Ksetra dhama ( non-different from Puri dhama),  500 yr old deities of Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra devi are being worshipped everyday with artis, chappan bhog (

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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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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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It increases the team spirit in such a nice way! Devotees start cooperating with each other because it’s just like two soldiers on the battlefield they may be from opposite parts of that country and maybe politically completely opposite and all but when they are there they have to be nice to each other and they naturally start to encourage each other and then they develop a bond… So we saw that with our team also, and devotees started getting close to each other, they started

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Kirtan 125 - Keeping the Spirit Alive

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By Bhakta Bhupendra Solanki

Devotees from a small preaching centre in the UK, ISKCON South London, have taken the spirit of Srila Prabhupada’s words to heart. They have embarked on an ambitious project to show that the spirit of co-operation is well and truly still alive in ISKCON, 125 years after Srila Prabhupada’s appearance.

Kirtan 125 is an offering of 125 hours of kirtan bringing together all the temples and centers in the UK.  Live broadcasts on YouTube and Facebook will take place on the

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ISKCON MAYAPUR PRESENTS
From _12th Mar. – 28th Mar._
The most awaited festival of _Shri Gaur Purnima_ is starting on _12th March_ evening in _Shri Dhaam Mayapur_ .
*Don’t miss* any festivities and *relish the complete festival from your home.*
_Kirtan Mela, Nabadweep Mandal Parikrama, Boat festival, Rath Yatra, Shantipur festival_ *and many more festivals* .
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Message from Kirtan Minister

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By Lokanath Swami

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MAIN HIGHLIGHTS
MESSAGE FROM KIRTAN MINISTER

It is my great pleasure to inform you that the first online Nityananda Trayodasi Festival hosted by the Kirtan Ministry was a resounding success. And the Ekadasi Sravana-Kirtana Festival is slowly, but surely becom

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8555328895?profile=RESIZE_584x2021 marks the 125th Appearance Anniversary Year of ISKCON Founder/Acharya His Divine A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Ambarisa Das and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) management in Mayapur, India, have decided to officially begin celebrating this occasion on Nityananda Trayodasi, February 25th (24th in the U.S.), and simultaneously launch major promotion for the PRABHUPADA IS COMING! Campaign announcing the installation of the new Prabhupada murti in the TOVP in October this year

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