Festivals for spiritual rejuvenation & practicing Vaishnavism
India is a land of festivals and fairs. Virtually celebrating each day of the year, there are more festivals celebrated in India than anywhere else in the world. Each festival pertains to different occasions, some welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions, the birthdays of divine beings and saints, or the advent of the New Year. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion. Some of the festivals celebrated all over India are mentioned below.
Lord Vishnu is invoked in his human incarnation as Krishna on his birth anniversary in the festival of Janmashtami. This festival of Hindus is celebrated with great devotion on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Sravana (July-August) in India. According to Hindu scripture, Krishna was born to destroy Mathura’s demon King Kamsa, brother of his virtuous mother, Devaki, also to uplift the devotees from the material world. Men and women fast and pray on the occasion of Janmashtami. Temples and homes are beautifully decorated and lit. The temples of Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion. One of the specialties of Janmashtami is the offerings made to the Lord. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna is offered 108 different food items. With great care and attention, devotees prepare these food items to be offered to their beloved Lord.
This is the biggest festival celebrated in panihati temple. It’s a 5 day festival and there is separate article regarding this festival in our website, so readers are requested go through that.
The other small festivals like Narasimha Jayanthi, Nityananda trayodhashi, Balaram Jayanthi, Deewali, Govardhan feast etc…..
Most of these festivals witnesses abhishekam of their Lordship, a full fledged Chappan Bhoga, Sankirtan, lectures, following a feast.
It is given in “Bhakti Rasamrutha Sindhu” that to go a festival uncelebrated is a great offence. Keeping that in our mind we make sure that all the festivals will be celebrated with great pomp and veneration.
Another part “practicing vaishnavism” is to maintain all the places of spiritual interest with great care, so ISKCON Panihati helps them in a indirect way by maintaining piligrim flow. There are number of such sites in and around panihati, most importantly Dandamahotsav and Raghav Bhavan, both of which gets a good number of piligrims around the year. If you want to be a part of these festivities and piligrims to the sites please feel free contact us.