FESTIVALS 2003:

Dates of some Hare Krishna festivals:

 

Sunday , June 22nd 2003

Jayadeva was at the Ratha-Yatra .

  So many people !

A dancer .                                                  They 're playing  music and singing.

Where is Jayadeva ? Can you find him ?

Some books and Indian jewels.

  Questions & Answers . Sivarama Swami is speaking.

Free prasadam (free food offered to Krsna first) is served.

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beginning of August

     

 Sunday , August 10th 2003

 

 

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end of August or beginning of September

            Wednesday ,August 20 th 2003

Janmashtami is Krishna's birthday .

Londonisvara Deities : Krishna & Radha

Krishna is bathed by Brahmans ;it's called Abhisheka.

 

 

  

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 October / November

from October 9th to November 8th 2003

For one month , we put a candle in front of the picture of Damodara- baby Krsna - and we sing the Damodara song.

                                                                                               

                                                                                     Mother Yasoda & Krishna

                                                                                  

Book of Krsna :

 

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End  of October

Friday , October 24th 2003

The first day of Diwali

The first day of Diwali is called Dhanvantari Trayodasi, also Dhan Theras. It is the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh (the dark fortnight) of the month of Kartika. On this day, Lord Dhanvantari came out of the ocean with Ayurvedic medicine for mankind.This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations.

The second day of Diwali

The second day of Diwali is called Naraka Chaturdasi. It is the fourteenth lunar day of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartika and the eve of Diwali. On this day, Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasura and liberated the 16,000 princesses which the demon held captive.

The third day of Diwali (actual Diwali)This is the day when worship unto Mother Lakshmi is performed. Hindus cleanse themselves and join with their families and their Pandit (priest) and they worship the divine Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Historically, Bali Maharaja, who had captured Laksmi, was defeated on this day by Lord Krishna's dwarf brahmana incarnation, Vamanadeva.

Diwali (Dipavali) and Govardhana Puja

Diwalithe Hindu New Year – is a five-day festival. Anecdotes from the Puranas abound for each of the days .Devotees of Krishna celebrate the actual day of Diwali, on which Lord Ramachandra returned from exile, and on which Lord Krishna performed His pastime of breaking the pots of yogurt and letting Himself be bound by Mother Yashoda.

According to Srila Prabhupada, our founder acharya, Diwali can be observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in different parts of the temple, and offering special prasada (sanctified food) to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya while Lord Ramacandra was in exile, away from His kingdom. The joyful day on which Lord Ramacandra returned is observed as Diwali, or Dipavali (“dipa” means candles, and “vali” means numerous.)

Tradition:

Diwali is a corruption of the word Deepavali, the literal meaning of which in Sanskrit is ‘a row of lamps.’ Filling little clay lamps with oil and wick and lighting them in rows all over the house is a tradition that is popular in most regions of the country. In the north, most communities observe the custom of lighting lamps. However, in the south, the custom of lighting baked earthen lamps is not so much part of this festival as it is of the Karthikai celebrations a fortnight later. The lights signify a welcome to prosperity in the form of Lakshmi, and the fireworks are supposed to scare away evil spirits.

The origin of the story :

Lord Rama : The perfect king

Lord Rama appeared along with His brothers as the son of Dasharatha and Kaushalya in the city of Ayodhya. From an early age He demonstrated prowess as an unmatched archer and warrior, despatching man-eating demons in the forest for His guru Vishvamitra. After breaking the bow of Shiva,Lord rama married Sita who was none other than Lakshmi herself, and on the same day , even cut the prestige of Parasurama.

When his father was reluctantly forced to banish Him, Rama entered the

forest - exiled along with His brother Lakshman, ans His wife Sita. There they spent many happy years until the day when Sita was captured and taken away by the demon king Ravana. Rama and Lakshman searched everywhere for Sita , but she had been taken far away to the island of Lanka where Ravana was trying to convince her to give up Rama and take him as her husband .

Lord Rama appeared to demonstrate the justice , moral , values and heroic activities of a perfect human king. Staying true to His promise as the ideal son of His father , even His great loss of Sita He did not return to Ayodhya , but pressed on with His search. He was helped by an army of monkeys led by Sugriva , and by the friendship and valour of their most mystically endowed member - Sri Hanuman. When they had searched everywhere and had almost lost hope , Hanuman leaped over the ocean to Lanka and met Sita languishing in a grove of trees within Ravana’s palace grounds. He returned with the great news to Rama , and together they built a bridge across the sea.

The battle was long and hard , but eventually, after many leading warriors had met their fate , Lord Rama personally met with Ravana. « You have stolen my wife just like a dog steals food from the table in his master’s absence. You are most abominable , sinful and shameless. Today , I , whose attempt never fails , shall punish you! » After thus rebuking Ravana , Lord rama shot an arrow which pierced his heart like a thunderbolt. Ravana was no more.Rama , Sita , Lakshman and Hanumana returned home to Ayodhya , a joyful city lit up by thousands of lamps.

                         Lord Rama

Devotees become inspired to read about the activities and teachings of Lord Rama in the holy Ramayana , and invoke the mercy of Hanuman in order to become more faithful servants. And even today , we all celebrate Lord Rama’s return with Diwali , « the festival of Lights. »

Diwali lamps burn in a devotee ’s home.

 

 

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End  of October

Sunday , October 26th 2003

The fourth day of Diwali

On this day, Govardhan Puja is performed. Many thousands of years ago, Lord Krishna caused the people of Vraja to perform Govardhan Puja. From then on, every year, Hindus worship Govardhan to honour that first Puja done by the people of Vraja.

It is written in the Ramayan that when the bridge was being built by the Vanara army, Hanuman (a divine loyal servant of Lord Rama possessing enormous strength) was bringing a mountain as material to help with the construction of the bridge. When a call was given that enough materials had already been obtained, Hanuman placed the mountain down before He reached the construction site. Due to lack of time, he did not return the mountain to its original place.

The deity presiding over this mountain spoke to Hanuman asking of his reason for leaving the mountain there. Hanuman replied that the mountain should remain there until the age of Dvapara when Lord Rama incarnates as Lord Krishna, who will shower His grace on the mountain, and will instruct that the mountain be worshiped not only in that age but but in ages to come. This deity whom Hanuman spoke to was none other than Govardhan (an incarnation of Lord Krishna), who manifested Himself in the form of the mountain.

To fulfill this decree, Govardhan Puja was performed and is continued to be performed today.

Govardhana Puja

In the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, the day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhana Puja. On this day, the inhabitants of Vrindavana used to hold a harvest festival in honor of the demigod King Indra, who provided the rains so essential to the harvest. However, Lord Krishna convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to worship Him instead, as well as Govardhana Hill, the cows and bulls. Outraged, Indra retaliated with torrential rainstorms, to which Lord Krishna calmly responded by lifting Govardhana Hill with His little finger. For seven days and nights, the Lord held up the hill, providing an umbrella to shelter all beneath. Finally, Indra realized that his thunderstorm and lightning attacks were futile, and he appeared before the Lord with folded hands, offering prayers of supplication. In this way Lord Krishna showed that even the king of demigods is subordinate to Him, and that the purposes for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served simply by worshiping Krishna, the cause of all causes.

This day is also significant as the day on which, thousands of years later, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhana Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhana Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhana Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls which are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of the temple.

5p.m. Jayadeva arrived at the temple for the Govardhana Puja .He circumbulated in a very crowded temple room.

Programme of the day :

2:30 Bhajans : chanting of the Holy name  with instruments.

3:30 Class

4:15 Dhupa arati , Abhiseka & Govardham Hill Circumbulation

       

                  Giri-Govardham : stone from Govardham Hill.

Giri-Govardham is bathed by Brahmans ;it's called Abhisheka.

A cake which represents the  Govardhana Hill is cooked and decorated with different items: cows , snakes , tree , vegetations.

   in 2001

5:30 Giri Govardhan's Feast ( vegetarian meal)

 in 2003

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End  of October

Tuesday , October 28th 2003

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Beginning of March

Saturday , March 6th 2004

 

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