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Dinabandhu dasa
The Forest of Material Existence, 1996,
oil on canvas, 80 x 108

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April - May

Festivals are an important part of our tradition. These colorful events are celebrated for the glorification of Krishna in his different forms and incarnations.



Sri Sitadevi and Lord Ramacandra

5 April 2017
Rama Navami - Lord Ramachandra's appearance day

On this day we celebrate the birth of Lord Rama, son of the King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Rama is one of the principal incarnations of Krishna and therefore one of His most worshipable forms for Vaishnavas.

The purpose of Lord Rama's advent is to attract us conditioned souls to the timeless, transcendental path of Bhakti-yoga, devotional service, and to establish the principles of religion, morality and righteousness. By reading the Lord's pastimes in the Srimad-Bhagavatam or Ramayana, and by hearing of His exceptional prowess, even the unsophisticated soul becomes drawn to the blissful security of genuine spiritual life.





Sri Gadadhara Pandit

26 April 2017
Sri Gadadhara Pandit's appearance day
Lord Chaitanya appeared 517 years ago, accompanied by four other personalities. One of them is Gadadhara Pandit. He is one of the most confidential associates of Lord Chaitanya, and the holy scriptures explain that he is actually an incarnation of Srimati Radharani, Krishna's eternal consort. He appeared in this age to assist Mahaprabhu in His pastimes.
"In the Gaura-ganodesa-dipika, verses 147 through 153, it is stated: "The pleasure potency of Sri Krishna formely known as Vrindavaneshvari is now personified in the form of Sri Gadadhara Pandit in the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami has pointed out that in the shape of Lakshmi, the pleasure potency of Krishna, she was formely very dear to the Lord as Shyamasundara-vallabha. The same Shyamasundara-vallabha is now present as Gadadhara Pandit".
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 10.15)





Lord Sri Nrisimhadeva

9 May 2017
Nrisimha Chaturdashi - Lord Nrisimhadeva's appearance day
Nrisimha-avatara ("half-man, half-lion") is perhaps the most fantastic and extraordinary looking of Vishnu's avataras. Lord Nrisimha rescued His pure devotee, the little boy Prahlad, from the tyranny of Prahlad's evil father, Hiranyakashipu.
"The Lord appeared as half lion and half man so that Hiranyakashipu could not understand whether the great giant was a lion or a human being. To substantiate Prahlada's statement, the Lord proved that His devotee, as declared in Bhagavad-gita is never vanquished (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati). Prahlada Maharaja's demoniac father had repeatedly threatened to kill Prahlada, but Prahlada was confident that he could not be killed, since he was protected by the Supreme Lord.
Because Krishna in His form of Nrisimhadeva protects His devotees from evil influences, vaishnavas pray to Him for protection and guidance.


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