Topic: Festivals

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Karttika is considered by devotees of Krishna, Vaishnavas, to be the holiest month of the year. It occurs during October-November, at the end of the four-month period of rainy and autumn seasons—Chaturmasya—in India. During this month, devotees make extra vows, perform extra spiritual activities, and generally worship Krishna in His form as a young boy, Damodara, who was once bound at the...
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Diwali Diwali is a five-day festival widely known as the Hindu New Year, and comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali (dipa, lights and vali, numerous. The festival is commonly observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in homes, temples and public spaces, and by offering opulent preparations of food to the deity. In ancient times, Diwali was first observed by the citizens of Ayodhya to celebrate...
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Right to left: Lord Jagannatha, Subhadra Devi, and Lord Baladeva Ratha-yatra, or the Festival of Chariots, is a joyous event celebrated for thousands of years in the Indian holy city of Jagannatha Puri, and more recently by Hare Krishna devotees in cities around the world. Another name for Krishna, Jagannatha refers to the ecstatic form of the Lord with large eyes and rugged features...
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Darkness envelops the large field, save for a stream of light emanating from a stage at one end. The glow reveals hundreds of young people waiting eagerly for the next act to appear. When the band finally strides onto the stage, donning guitars and wielding drumsticks, the crowd erupts in an exultant roar, hands punching the sky. Here is a generation of kids who love rock music. They gaze up at...
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At the great chariot festival in the holy city of Puri, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu danced in ecstasy before the chariot of Lord Jagannatha, revealing a most intimate pastime of the Supreme Lord. These days you might see Lord Jagannatha parade majestically through Trafalgar Square in London or along the sun-drenched beaches of Los Angeles; or you might watch the dome of His chariot float past the...
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Anything done to please Krishna, at any time, at any place, under any circumstance, is beneficial. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, "In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear." (2.40) Such is the benefit of devotional service in general. However, during certain times of year, such as appearance...
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How to Celebrate Janmashtami at Home Celebrating Janmashtami with the Krishna.com/BTG Staff How to Celebrate Janmashtami at Home If you don’t live near a temple, and can’t make it to a major celebration, Janmashtami can be celebrated anywhere. Invite friends and family to participate in the festivities. Decorating your home for Krishna can be great fun, particularly for children. Encourage...
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(Disclaimer: The following article was compiled by volunteers from various Internet sources and reflects the common lore associated with Diwali.) The First Day of Diwali The first day of Diwali is Dhanvantari Trayodasi, when Lord Dhanvantari appeared, delivering Ayurvedic medicine for mankind. This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations. At sunset, devout Hindus bathe and offer oil lamps...