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

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May-June
2017

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

   
   
   

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.

 

 

 

 


Srivas Pandit
19 June 2017
Srivas Pandit's disappearance day

Srivas Pandit appeared in Srihatta, West Bengal, about 30 years before Lord Gauranga. Srivas Pandit, the fifth member of the Panca-tattva - Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhar, Srivasadi, Sri Gaura Bhakta Vrinda - lived in Navadvip before the advent of Lord Chaitanya
 

 

 

 


Sri Gadadhara Pabdit

24 June 2017
Sri Gadadhara Pandit's disappearance 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)




Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
24 June 2017
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's disappearance day
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, the father of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, is one of the most celebrated teachers in the disciplic line coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He wrote dozens of books, poems and songs, established the theological basis of Krishna Consciousness amongst his contemporary scholars, and preached throughout India the divine message of Krishna Consciousness.
   
   
   

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