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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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Gaura Purnima Festival begins!

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With the raising of Garuda and Hanuman flags, 48th Gaura Purnima festival is inaugurated in a colorful flag hoisting ceremony, held at Srila Prabhupada Park, in front of Lotus building. HH Gopal Krishna Goswami , HH Loknath Goswami, HH Jayapataka Swami , who were participating in the festival since its inception, spoke on the importance of Gaura Purnima festival and how it is so dear to Srila Prabhupada. Devotees from all parts of the world have started arriving at Mayapur, to recharge their s

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As we are gearing up for the upcoming festivities in Shri Dham Mayapur, this post is intended to give Mayapur Community and devotees visiting Mayapur for festival, comprehensive overview and guidance on the Corona Virus outbreak which is already announced by WHO as a global emergency.

In Mayapur, the presence of a wonderful local and international community, and the expected huge influx of devotees from around the world for the current festivals, makes it Imperative for everyone to understand t

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Gita Mela is an event organized by ISKCON Mayapur dedicated solely for interacting with the tourists. A winter festival that is held from December to January in Mayapur, West Bengal, India, focuses on providing guests an insight into the importance of the Bhagavad Gita. 

Also called the big ‘fair’ of knowledge, the guests are allowed inside the Gita Mela Campus to see big dioramas explaining the Bhagavad Gita’s main teachings, they attend the question and answer session, buy spiritual books fro

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Gita Mela is an event organised by ISKCON Mayapur dedicated solely for interacting with the tourists. A winter festival that is held from December to January pays close attention to the guests by giving them valuable association of the devotees and showing them the importance of Bhagavad Gita.

Also called the big ‘fair’ of knowledge, the guests are allowed inside the Gita Mela Campus to see the big dioramas exposing Srimad Bhagavad Gita’s main teachings, they attend the question and answer sess

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Gaura Purnima 2020 Sponsorships

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On the 17th 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 9th of March.

Click here for: GAURA PURNIMA FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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

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

Source: https://www.mayapur.com/2019/gaura-purnima-2020-sponsorships/

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By Madhava Smullen

The Festival of the Holy Name, an annual community staple in Alachua, Florida is celebrating its tenth anniversary starting this week with an incredible ten days of kirtan.

The festival began in 2010, when second generation devotees Govinda Syer, Gaura Shakti Allin and Govinda Cordua decided to create an immersive experience for Alachua community members who couldn’t make it to kirtan events around the country.

The team, under the banner of the Kuli Mela Association (KMA)

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By Nima Suchak 

ISKCON Leicester is hosting Leicester’s first Inter Faith Film Festival to coincide with Inter Faith Week 2019  between 11-15 November 2019. The screenings will be at the Presentation Suite, of the City Hall from 6pm till 9pm each day.

The film festival which is a unique way for people to learn about and discuss faith, will also screen Yadubara and Visakha prabhu’s documentary 'Hare Krsna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All’. 

Each night, a film linked

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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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Beginning from Chaturthi  till Vijay Dashami  or  Dusherra  as  popularly known in India, spread over almost a week, Durga Puja celebrations are the biggest and most glamorous festival of Eastern India, especially West Bengal. The Durga Puja festival has become more of an expression of art, extravagance, than performing rituals. 

To add to the glitz, fun and frolic mood of the people, over the years it is in vogue that celebrities and political leaders inaugurate Durga Puja at various places i

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By Madhava Smulen
 

More than 5,000 devotees have flooded to Jubga, near the Black Sea, for the epic Sadhu Sanga festival which started on September 4thand will run for one week until the 11th.

A popular vacation spot in the south of Russia, Jubga is bordered on one side by lush greenery and on the other by the picturesque Black Sea. It has been the site of Sadhu Sanga for the past five years, although the festival was launched over two decades ago.

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Fittingly, this year the coastal event ha

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By Madhava Smulen
 

The first Janmastami festival organized by the new ISKCON management at Brooklyn’s Radha Govinda Mandir focused on improving the pilgrim experience to create lasting positive impressions for devotees and visitors alike. 

To catch the interest of passersby, increase outreach and facilitate the large crowds, organizers introduced the first annual Janmastami block party. Tents, lights and seating livened up the entire sidewalk for the full length of the temple property. The

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