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ISKCON’s children’s activity book, “Becoming Your Devotee”

ISKCON’s children’s activity book, “Becoming Your Devotee” by Gourangi Gandharvika, was released on the first day of ISKCON Leadership Sanga. HH Jayapataka Swami authorized this book by personally signing it when it was offered to him on an auspicious day when Srila Prabhupada also started his Back to Godhead magazines for the pleasure of his …

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ISKCON’s First Board Book Series

ISKCON’s first board book series, “Krsna’s Library Set 1” by Nandapriya Books, in partnership with ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry, has been launched and is now available for purchase! This series is the first of its kind to teach our little Vaikuntha Children the basics of the world around them, with Krsna-themed illustrations and concepts. As …

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Disappearance Day

His Divine Grace Paramahamsa Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja, the great leader of the Gaudiya movement throughout the world made his appearance in Jagannatha Puri on the fifth day of the dark lunar fortnight of the month of Govinda, at 3:30 pm. He was born because His father Bhakti Vinod Ṭhākura had prayed to Lord Caitanya …

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Advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita

The Advent of Srimad Bhagavad-gita; Gita Jayanti is the day when something significant had happened. It was this day when Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, had instructed the Bhagavad Gita to His dear friend and disciple, Arjuna at the beginning of the epic war, Mahabharata at Kurukshetra.  On this day, more than five …

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Odana Sasthi

gadādhara-paṇḍite teṅho punaḥ mantra dila oḍana-ṣaṣṭhīra dine yātrā ye dekhila Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi initiated Gadādhara Paṇḍita for the second time, and on the day of Oḍana-ṣaṣṭhī Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi saw the festival. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila 16.78 ) On the occasion of the Odana-Sasthi festival the servants of Lord Jagannatha by the desire of Lord Jagannatha …

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Spreading the mercy of 7th Goswami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, in Russia

The Godruma Kalpatavi book by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur is immensely entertaining and emotional, while simultaneously presenting a strategic, scientific, and well-managed method whereby we can utilize our talents, skills, and qualities in different areas to spread Krsna’s love and, in the process, attain perfection. We can easily feel Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s ecstasies of pure love …

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Bhishma Panchaka Fasting

The fasting austerities for the last 5 days of Kartika (Damodara) Month are known as “Bhisma Pancaka Vrata”. Grandfather Bhisma fasted for these five days, preparing to give up his life. However one observes Kartika-vrata, he should intensify it for the last five days. If someone observes this fast, he is considered to have observed …

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Damodar Outreach Program

It is a simple program aimed at capitalizing the most auspicious month of Dāmodara / Kārtika to introduce Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa to as many individuals as possible, especially offering them a chance to offer ghee lamps to Krsna. The Śāstras clearly elucidates the glories of this simple act of devotion, done knowingly or unknowingly. This …

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Glories of Indira Ekadasi

Date of fasting (Mayapur): 21/09/2022Breaking fast on 22/09/2022 | 06:02 (sunrise) – 09:27 (1/3 of daylight) LT ‘In Mahishmati lives a king named Indrasena. Please tell him about my situation here— that because of my past sinful deeds I have somehow been forced to reside inYamaraja’s kingdom. Please give him this message from me: “Oh …

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Glories of Parsva Ekadasi

Parsva Ekadasi Date of fasting (Mayapur): 07/09/2022 Breaking fast on 08/09/2022 | 05:20 (sunrise) – 09:29 (1/3 of daylight) LT ‘One should therefore observe Parivartinii Ekadasi carefully. Indeed, it is especially purifying and thus cleanses one of all sinful reactions. On this day the faithful devotee should worship Lord Trivikrama, Vamanadeva, who is the supreme …

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