At the Sri Radha Golokabihari Temple, we celebrate all major festivals and activities that are part of worldwide ISKCON calender. The major festivals attract hundreds of guests who are served with wholesome healthy prasadam besides being given an opportunity to participate in the festival activities such as kirtans, dance, abhishek and offering of fruits and flowers to the deities. For all festivals, the temple accepts donations in whatever form money, goods, assorted items, flowers or kind support from guests. Full details about sponsorship is avaiable on the donation page. Some major festivals that attract huge crowds include : Sri Krishna Janamastami, Gaura Purnima, Rama Navami, Govardhan Pooja and Radha Astami.
Click on each festival to read about reason for celebrating and details of how it will be celebrated at our temple.
This Vaisnava festival commemorates the appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva who has an extraordinary form of half-lion and half-man. This form of Krishna is glorified, described and explained in the Vaisnava scripture Srimad-Bhagavatam.
The story is told how Hiranyakasipu, a powerful enemy of the Lord, sought and gained benedictions tantamount to achieving immortality. He was not to be killed by any man, any animal, or any weapon. He could not be killed indoors or outdoors, in the air or water, or on the ground. He could not be slain during the day or the night and in this way he thought himself invincible.
In a battle with Lord Nrsimha, Hiranyakasipu, met his match. The Lord appeared in His most ferocious feature to defend His dear devotee Prahlada. Hiranyakasipu had been torturing and attempting to kill Prahlada despite him being his son! The Lord does not tolerate mistreatment of His devotee and thus He killed the demon by setting him on his lap, positioning Himself in the doorway at dusk and ripping apart his body with His claws, thus easily maintaining the benedictions given to Hiranyakasipu but effectively dispatching him.
Devotees sing special prayers to Lord Nrsimha invoking His protection from unwanted influences, external and internal.
Sri Rama Navami Celebrations
The appearance of Lord Rama is celebrated as Ramanavmi. Ramnavmi falls on the ninth day of waxing fortnight of the month of Chaitra. In Treta-yuga, the Supreme Lord appeared as son of King Dasharath as Lord Ramachandra. Although he appeared as a man out of kindness to His devotees, along with His brother Lakshman, He is the Supreme Lord.
This festival celebrates the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in late February, early March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where He appeared in the year 1486. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
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