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sri sri guru gaurangau jayatah
sri sri guru gaurangau jayatah
sri sri guru gaurangau jayatah Bhaktabandhav Mayapur Universal Calendar 2018 to 2019
Bhaktabandhav Mayapur Universal Calendar 2018 to 2019
Bhaktabandhav
Mayapur Universal Calendar
2018 to 2019

sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Ekadasi Mahatmya

ekadasyam nirahara sthitva ‘ham apare ‘hani bhoksyami pundarikaksa saranam me bhava ‘cyuta

“On the day of Ekadasi I shall refrain from eating and will eat on the following day. O Acyuta, please be my refuge!“(Hari- bhakti-vilasa 13.25)

ekadasyam niraharo varjayisyami vai jalam kesava-prinanarthaya atyanta-damanena ca

“On Ekadasi I shall not eat, forsaking even water. For the sake of pleasing Kesava, I shall engage in this greatest of self- restraints.” (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 15.36)

ekadasi vrata samam vratam nasti jagattraye anicchaya’pi yat krtva gatir evam vidha ‘vayoh ekadasi vratam ye tu bhakti bhavena kurvate na jane kim bhavet tesam vasudeva anukampaya

“In the three worlds, there is no kind of fasting which is comparable to the Ekadasi fast. Even if one performs this fast without a proper attitude, he achieves the Supreme Abode. The Supreme Lord’s mercy for one who fasts on the day of Ekadasi, with full devotion, is impossible to describe.” (Padma Purana, Kriya Yogasara 23.172-174)

based on the

Visuddha Sri Navadvipa Panjika

(Mayapura Calendar)

on the Visuddha Sri Navadvipa Panjika (Mayapura Calendar) namah om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale srimate
on the Visuddha Sri Navadvipa Panjika (Mayapura Calendar) namah om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale srimate

namah om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale srimate bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvatiti-namine namah om visnu-padaya acarya-simha-rupine sri-srimad-bhakti-prajnana-kesava iti namine namah om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine namah sajjana sevaka sajjana presthaya bhutale sri-srimad-bhaktivedanta vamana iti namine vajrad api kathorani go govardhana sevaka mrduna kusumad api bhaktivedanta trivikrama vande ham sri guru varam sri rupanuga pravaram vraja rasa rasikaṁ ca narayaṇam tam prapannam

Rules for paran or breaking Ekadasi fast: One should break the fast with that which you have been fasting from. Ex: If you have fasted without taking water, you should break the fast with water or caranamrita. If you have observed Ekadasi by eating fruit and roots, then you should break fast on the next day by taking grains within the specified time of paran. Restricted foods on Ekādaśī: Tomatoes, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers,

carrots, bitter melon, green peas, loki, parmal, toroi, green chili, drumsticks, lady fingers, radish, beets, and banana flowers.

• Peas, chickpeas and all types of beans, including products made from beans like papadams, tofu, and tempeh etc.

•All leafy vegetables, likespinach, salads, cabbages, andleafy herbs likeparsley, coriander leaves, celery, herbal tea, and curry leaves.

• Grains, like millet, barley, farina, kinua, bamboo rice, wild rice, jungle rice, samo rice, amaranth seed, pasta, rice, corn, and all types of flour made from grains and beans, like rice flour, chickpea flour, urad dahl flour etc.

• Starches from corn or above mentioned grains, and products made from or mixed with

these starches like baking soda, baking powder, soft drinks with corn syrup, custard, cake, halava, certain varieties of cream and cottage cheese, certain sweets and candies, and tapioca balls.

• Oils made from grains, like soyabean oil, sun flower oil, corn oil, mustard oil, sesame oil,

other types of refined oils and products fried in these oils, like fried nuts, potato chips and other fried snack foods). Honey is also restricted. Spices used on Ekādaśī: Black pepper, fresh ginger, pure salt and fresh turmeric, all taken from a new and clean package. Spices not used on Ekādaśī: hing (asofetida), chili, sesame seeds, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, tamarind, fennel, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, bay leaf, cardamon, cloves, oregano, basil and other leafy spices etc. Foods that can be taken on all fast days: Fruits (fresh and dried), nuts and oils made from nuts and other pure sources, like olive oil, peanut oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and ghee. Potatoes, potato chips, pumpkin, cucumber, squash, lemon, green papaya, green banana, jackfruit, sweet potato, tapioca root, avocado, olives, coconut. Pure milk products. Restricted foods during Cāturmāsya: Tomatoes, eggplants, all beans, soya, loki, parmal, urad dahl, papadams, mustard, sesame and honey. Particular foods that are restricted during each of the four months:

First month: No leafy vegetables, such as spinach, salads of all types, cabbages of all types, kale, leafy herbs like coriander, mint, parsley, curry and powdered leafy herbs and teas • Second month: No yoghurt. • Third month: No milk. • Fourth month: No oil except peanut oil, coconut oil, olive oil and ghee. Only fruits and roots.

Forbidden foods: Non-veg, fish, eggs, onion, garlic, all carrots, all teas, coffee, supple- ments with Tulasi, products with gelatin, renet, and any animal fats and substances. Eclipse

• During lunar or solar eclipse, the following should be avoided: cooking, drinking, eating, sleeping, using the toilet (as much as possible).

• Spend time in chanting Harinama (kirtan or japa).

Sri Gaurabda 532

Vaishnava Calendar for year 2018-19

 

MARCH

9

Fri

Avirbhava: Srila Srivasa Pandita.

13

Tue

Fasting for Papamocani Ekadasi.

14

Wed

Paran from 6:30 am to 10:00 am Tirobhava: Sri Govinda Gosh.

17

Sat

Amavasya.

22

Thu

Avirbhava: Sri Ramanujacarya and Sri Srimad Bhakti Hrdoy Bon Maharaja.

25

Sun

Sri Ram Navami (Appearance of Lord Ramacandra). Fast until noon. Ekadasi preparations only. Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Vallabha Tirtha Gosvami Maharaja.

26 Mon

Paran after sunrise from 6:10 am to 10:30 am.

27

Tue

Fasting for Kamada Ekadasi.

28

Wed

Paran after sunrise from 6:18 am to 10:30 am.

31

Sat

Purnima. Rasa-yatra of Sri Baladeva Prabhu. Vasanta Rasa-yatra of Sri Krsna. Avirbhava: Srila Syamananda Prabhu & Vamsivadananda Thakura.

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APRIL

5

Thu

Tirobhava: Krsnadas Babaji Maharaja & Nitaidas Babaji Maharaja.

6 Fri

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Kumud Santa Gosvami Maharaja.

7

Sat

Tirobhava: Sri Abhiram Thakura.

9

Mon

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Vallabha Tirtha Gosvami Maharaja.

10

Tue

Tirobhava: Sri Vrindavan Das Thakura.

12

Thu

Fasting for Varuthini Ekadasi and Unmilani Mahadvadasi.

13

Fri

Paran after sunrise 5:54 am and before 7:50 am.

14

Sat

Sri Kesava Vrata begins. Watering of Tulasi and Salagrama.

16

Mon

Amavasya. Avirbhava: Sri Gadadhar Pandita.

18

Wed

Aksaya Tritiya. Candan-yatra of Sri Jagannatha-deva begins. Opening of the doors of Sri Badri Narayana Temple. Ganga-devi’s descent to Earth. Appearance Day of Lord Parasurama. Inaugura- tion day of Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti in 1941.

22

Sun

Jahnu Saptami.

24

Tue

Avirbhava: Sita devi (consort of Sri Rama) and Jahnava devi (con- sort of Sri Nityananda). Tirobhava: Srila Madhu Pandita.

26

Thu

Fasting for Mohini Ekadasi.

27

Fri

Paran after sunrise 5:43 am and before 8:25 am.

29

Sun

Appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. (Fast till dusk. Ekadasi preparations only.)

30

Mon

Buddha Purnima. Paran after sunrise 5:40 am and before 6:21 am. Avirbhava: Srila Srinivas Acarya and Srila Madhavendra Puripada. Tirobhava: Srila Paramesvari Thakur. Manifestation day of Sri Radharamana-devaji.

 

MAY

1 Tue

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Saranga Gosvami Maharaja.

5

Sat

Tirobhava: Srila Raya Ramananda Prabhu.

11

Fri

Fasting for Apara Ekadasi.

12

Sat

Paran after sunrise 5:35 am and before 10:01 am. Avirbhava: Srila Vrindavan dasa Thakura.

15

Tue

Sri Kesava Vrata ends. Watering of Tulasi and Salagrama ends. Adhika-masa. Sri Purusottama-vrata begins.

25

Fri

Fasting for Padmini Ekadasi.

26

Sat

Paran after sunrise 5:25 am and before 9:52 am.

29

Tue

Purnima.

 

JUNE

10

Sun

Fasting for Parama Ekadasi.

11

Mon

Paran after sunrise 5:25 am and before 7:34 am.

13

Wed

Adhika-masa ends. Sri Purusottama-vrata ends.

23

Sat

Amavasya. Ganga dasahara. Sri Ganga puja. Avirbhava: Sri Ganga- mata Gosvamini. Tirobhava: Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu.

24

Sun

Fasting for Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi.

25

Mon

Paran after sunrise 5:24 am and before 6:31 am.

26

Tue

Cira-dahi-danda-mahotsava of Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.

28 Thu

Purnima. Snana-yatra of Sri Jagannatha-deva. Tirobhava: Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhara Pandita.

29 Fri

Tirobhava: Srila Syamananda Prabhu.

 

JULY

3 Tue

Avirbhava: Srila Vakreshwara Pandita.

8

Sun

Tirobhava: Srila Srivasa Pandita.

9

Mon

Fasting for Yogini Ekadasi.

10

Tue

Paran after sunrise 5:32 am and before 9:59 am.

13

Fri

Amavasya. Tirobhava: Sri Gaura-sakti Gadadhara Pandita and Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Cleaning of Sri Jagan- natha’s Gundica Mandira.

14

Sat

Ratha-yatra of Sri Jagannatha-deva. Tirobhava: Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami and Srila Sivananda Sena.

18

Wed

Hera Pancami Mahotsava. Festival of Sri Lakshmi Vijaya.

22

Sun

The return journey of Sri Jagannatha-deva. Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Kamala Madhusudana Gosvami Maharaja.

23

Mon

Fasting for Sayana Ekadasi. Sri Hari Sayana. Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja.

24

Tue

Paran after sunrise 5:37 and before 10:01 am.

27 Fri

Sri Guru Purnima. Sri Vyasa-puja. Tirobhava: Srila Sanatana Gosvami. Caturmasya vrata begins. Fasting for four months. First month: no green leafy vegatables. Moon eclipse: Midnight 12:00 to 4:00 am.

 

AUGUST

2

Thu

Tirobhava: Srila Gopal Bhatta Gosvami.

5

Sun

Tirobhava: Srila Lokanatha Gosvami.

7

Tue

Fasting for Kamika Ekadasi.

8

Wed

Paran after sunrise 7:25 am and before 10:27 am.

11 Sat

Amavasya. Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Gosvami Maharaja

15

Wed

Tirobhava: Sri Raghunandana Thakura and Sri Vamsidas Babaji Maharaja

22

Wed

Fasting for Pavitraropani Ekadasi. Beginning of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda Jhulan-yatra.

23

Thu

Paran after sunrise 5:49 am and before 10:03 am Sri Krishna Pavitraropana Utsava Tirobhava: Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhu, Srila Gauridasa Pandita and Srila Govinda dasa Pandita.

26

Sun

Sri Baladeva Purnima (Appearance day of Lord Balarama). Fast until noon. Ekadasi preparations only. End of Jhulan-yatra. Raksha-bandhan. Second month of Caturmasya begins - fasting from yoghurt for 1 month.

27

Mon

Paran after sunrise 5:50 am and before 10:03 am.

 

SEPTEMBER

3

Mon

Sri Krishna Janmastami. Maha-Abhisheka. Full fast (nirjala) until midnight. Ekadasi preparations only.

4

Tue

Paran after sunrise 5:53 am and before 10:02 am. Sri Nandotsava. Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

6

Thu

Fasting for Annada Ekadasi.

7

Fri

Paran after sunrise 5:54 am and before 7:10 am.

9

Sun

Amavasya.

14

Fri

Avirbhava: Sri Sitadevi, consort of Sri Advaita Acarya.

16

Sun

Avirbhava: Sri Lalita Devi

17 Mon

Sri Sri Radhastami. Maha Abhisheka.

21

Fri

Fasting for Sravana Mahadvadasi and Parsva Ekadasi. Vamana Dvadasi, Sri Vamanadeva Appearance day. Avirbhava: Sri Jiva Gosvami

22

Sat

Paran after sunrise 5:58 am and before 9:59 am. Avirbhava: Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

23

Sun

Tirobhava: Srila Haridasa Thakura and Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja. Ananta Caturdasi.

25

Tue

Purnima. Sri Visvarupa-Mahotsava. Sannyasa day of Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami and Sri Srimad Bhaktive- danta Swami Prabhupada. Third month of Caturmasya begins - fasting from milk.

30

Sun

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja

 

OCTOBER

5

Fri

Fasting for Indira Ekadasi.

6

Sat

Paran after sunrise 6:03 am and before 9:58 am.

9

Tue

Amavasya.

13

Sat

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Pramod Puri Gosvami Maharaja

18

Thu

Ākaśa-dīpadāna. Offering a lamp in the sky for one month begins. Dīpadāna-mantra:

 

dāmodarāya nabhasi tulāyāṁ lolayā saḥ pradīpan te prayacchāmi namo ’nantāya vedhase (HBV 16.149)

19

Fri

Vijay Dasami. Lord Sri Ramacandra Vijayotsava. Avirbhava: Sri Madhvacarya.

20

Sat

Fasting for Pasankusa Ekadasi.

21

Sun

Paran after sunrise 6:10 am and before 9:58 am. Tirobhava: Srila Raghunath dasa Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami and Sri Krishna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami.

24

Wed

Sarada Purnima. Sri Krishna’s Saradiya Rasa-lila. Kartika Vrata, Urja Vrata, Damodara Vrata, Niyam-seva begins. Tirobhava: Sri Murari Gupta and Nitya-lila-pravista Om Visnupa- da 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami Maharaja. Last month of Caturmasya - Fasting from sesame seeds, mustard seeds and mustard oil.

29

Mon

Tirobhava: Srila Narottama dasa Thakura and Sri Srimad Bhakti Kusala Narasimha Maharaja.

31

Wed

Bahulashtami. Manifestation day of Sri Radha Kunda.

 

NOVEMBER

2

Fri

Avirbhava: Sri Virachandra Prabhu and Sri Srimad Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Gosvami Maharaja.

4

Sun

Fasting for Ramā Ekadasi.

5

Mon

Paran after sunrise 6:18 am and before 10:00 am.

6

Tue

Choti Dipavali.

7

Wed

Amavasya. Dīpavali. Offering of ghee lamps. Dama-bandhan-lila (Mother Yasoda binds Krishna to the grinding mortar).

8

Thu

Annakuta Mahotsava & Sri Govardhan Puja. Go-puja. Avirbhava: Srila Rasikananda Prabhu.

9

Fri

Yama dvitya. (Bhaiya Dooj.) Tirobhava: Srila Vasudeva Ghosh.

10

Sat

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja & Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Maharaja.

11

Sun

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

12

Mon

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja.

15

Thu

Gopastami. Tirobhava: Srila Srinivasa Acarya, Srila Dhananjaya Pandita and Srila Gadadhara dasa Thakura.

17

Sat

End of Ākaśa-dīpadāna-offering a lamp in the sky for one month.

19

Mon

Fasting for Utthana Ekadasi. Bhisma-pancaka begins. Tirobhava: Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja. Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Gosvami Maharaja

20

Tue

Paran after sunrise 6:22 am and before 10:05 am

22 Thu

Tirobhava: Srila Bhugarbha Gosvami, Srila Kasisvara Pandit, and Sri Srimad Bhakti Pramoda Puri Gosvami Maharaja.

23 Fri

Purnima. Hemanta Rasa Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. End of Caturmasya-vrata, Kartika-vrata, Bhishma Pancaka and Niyam-seva. Avirbhava: Sri Nimbarka Acarya

24

Sat

Beginning of Sri Katyayani Vrata.

 

DECEMBER

3 Mon

Fasting for Utpanna Ekadasi. Tirobhava: Narahari Sarkar Thakura

4 Tue

Paran after sunrise 6:37 and before 10:11 am.

5

Wed

Tirobhava: Sri Saranga Thakura.

7

Fri

Amavasya.

10 Mon

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Jivan Janardana Gosvami Maharaja

13

Thu

Sri Jagannatha-deva Oḍana Shasthi Ceremony (Lord Jagannath begins wearing winter clothes).

15

Sat

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Jivan Janardana Gosvami Maharaja

16

Sun

Avirbhava:SriSrimadBhaktiKamalaMadhusudanaGosvamiMaharaja.

18

Tue

Fasting for Mokshada Ekadasi. Gita Jayanti. Manifestation of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

19

Wed

Paran after 10:30am.

22

Sat

Purnima. End of Sri Katyayani Vrata.

26

Wed

Tirobhava: Jagad-guru Om Visnupada Astottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura Prabhupada.

30

Sun

Avirbhava: Om Visnupada 108 Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vama- na Gosvami Maharaja. Tirobhava: Srila Gurudeva Bhaktabandhava Om Visnupada 108 Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.

 

JANUARY

01

Tue

Fasting for Saphala Ekadasi. Tirobhava: Sri Devananda Pandita.

02 Wed

Paran after sunrise 10:00 am and before 10:30 am.

03 Thu

Tirobhava: Sri Mahesh Pandita and Sri Uddharan Datta Thakura.

05 Fri

Amavasya.

06

Sun

Avirbhava: Sri Locana dasa Thakura

09

Wed

Tirobhava: Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Jagadish Pandita

14

Mon

Makara Sankranti. Ganga Sagar Snana.

17

Thu

Fasting for Putrada Ekadasi.

18

Fri

Paran from 6:56 am to 10:30 am. Avirbhava: Sri Jagadish Pandita.

19

Sat

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Kumuda Santa Gosvami Maharaja.

21 Mon

Purnima. Sri Krishna Pusya Abhisheka-yatra.

23

Wed

Avirbhava: Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Tirobhava: Srila Ramacandra Kaviraja.

25

Fri

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja. Tirobhava: Srila Narahari Seva Vigraha Prabhu.

26

Sat

Avirbhava: Srila Jayadeva Gosvami.

27

Sun

Tirobhava: Srila Locana dasa Thakura.

31

Thu

Fasting for Sat-tila Ekadasi.

 

FEBRUARY

1

Fri

Paran after sunrise 6:53 am and before 10:32 am. Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Maharaja

4 Mon

Mauni Amavasya. 98th Appearance day of Srila Gurudeva Bhaktabandhav Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. Sri Vyasapuja Mahotsava.

10

Sun

Vasanta Pancami of Sri Krishna. Avirbhava: Sri Visnupriya devi, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunandana Thakura and Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Tirobhava: Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur and Sri Srimad Bhakti Viveka Bharati Gosvami Maharaja. Sri Saraswati Puja.

12

Tue

Advaita-saptami. Appearance day of Maha-Vishnu Avatar Sri Advaita Acarya. Fast till noon. Ekadasi preparations only.

13

Wed

Paran after sunrise 6:47 and before 10:30 am.

14

Thu

Tirobhava: Sri Madhvacarya.

15

Fri

Tirobhava: Sri Ramanujacharya.

16

Sat

Fasting for Bhaimi Ekadasi and Varaha Dvadasi. Sri Varaha-de- va’s appearance day. (Nirjala or water only). Next day break fast with Caranamrta - paran time: 6:34 to 10:31.

17

Sun

Sri Nityananda Trayodasi. Appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Fasting till noon. Ekadashi preparations only.

18 Mon

Paran after sunrise and before 10:21 am.

19 Tue

Maghi Purnima. Madhurotsava of Sri Krishna. Sannyasa day of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Avirbhava: Narottama dasa Thakura.

22 Fri

119th Appearance day of nitya-lila pravista om visnupada 108- Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami Maharaja.

24

Sun

144th Appearance day of nitya-lila pravista om visnupada 108- Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura Prabhu- pada. Tirobhava: Srila Gaura Govinda Gosvami Maharaja.

25

Mon

Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Saranga Gosvami Maharaja.

 

MARCH

02

Sat

Fasting for Vijaya Ekadasi.

03

Sun

Paran after sunrise 6:33 am and before 10:26 am.

05

Tue

Sri Siva-ratri. Fasting till noon. Ekadasi preparations only.

06

Wed

Amavasya. Paran after 6:30 am and before 10:30 am.

07

Thu

Tirobhava: Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji Maharaja, Srila Rasikananda Prabhu, and Sri Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Gosvami Maharaja.

13

Wed

Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhaktivaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja.

15

Fri

Sri Navadvipa-dhama Parikrama begins.

17 Sun

Fasting for Amalaki Ekadasi.

18

Mon

Paran after sunrise 6:11 am and before 10:13 am. Tirobhava: Srila Madhavendra Puripada.

21

Thu

Sri Gaura Purnima. Sri Gaura Jayanti. Appearance day of Sri Sacinandana Gaurahari. Holi. Fasting till moonrise. End of Gaurabda 532.

22

Fri

Paran after sunrise 6:15 am and before 10:15 am.

 

Gaurabda 533

28 March

Avirbhava: Srila Srivasa Pandita.

1 April

Fasting for Unmilani Mahadvadasi and Papamocani Ekadasi.

2 April

Paran after sunrise 6:04 am and before 9:00 am.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada established the Visuddha Sri Navadvipa Panjika (Mayapura Calendar)

We are the followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and endeavor to rid ourselves of bodily designations and consciousness, thinking that we are American, Russian, Chinese, and so forth ̶naham vipro na ca nara patir ̶and we always endeavor to reside in the dhama. Srila Rupa Gosvami advised us to reside in the dhama by body and mind, and if we could not do so by body, at least to reside there by mind. Following the Mayapura calendar helps us to remain absorbed in the dhama and Mahaprabhu. In Kali-yuga, Navadvipa-dhama, or Mayapura, is non-different from Vrndavana, and indeed, in Kali-yuga, sastra states that all holy tirthas reside in Navadvipa. We thus follow the Mayapura calendar. Once, at the Vinod-vani Gaudiya Matha, Srila Gurudeva stated that until the devotees all follow the same Ekadasi day, there can be no real Visva-vaisnava- raja-sabha. In Radlett, on May 22nd, Srila Gurudeva said, “(Bhaktisiddhanta) Prabhupada made a calendar; we follow that calendar. He has done so many things. He has written so many books. So, we follow what Prabhupada has said.” In California, Srila Gurudeva was once asked by a senior Prabhupada disciple if devotees in the West could celebrate Gaura Purnima (and other festival days) before the devotees of Mayapura do. “Never,” Gurudeva responded. Later, when told the comment that Prabhupada had said the sun first rises in Mayapura and the rest of the world should follow their observations after, Gurudeva replied, “Whatever Swamiji has written should be followed.” The GBC made the following resolution on Feb 25th, 1988:

“That the GBC accepts the Yoga Pitha Gaudiya Panjika calendar as authoritative for ISKCON on the instructions of Srila Prabhupada. It is also Srila Prabhupada’s instructions that the Panjika be followed in any time zone of the world according to the same Calendar date as observed in

Mayapura. GBC Resolutions 1988 #53 (http://gbc.iskcon.org/1988/)

On Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja in 1986, Vipramukhya Svami related the following during his puspanjali offering: “The question arose: When was Janmastami? Our calendar, put out by Pradyumna, said it was one day in the West and a different day in India. By astrological calculation he had worked out the world in time zones, and those who lived West of a particular time zone would observe it on the following day. Seeing the confusion, you said the calculation was “over- intelligent,” and whatever day it was celebrated on in India, it should be celebrated the same day all over the world.” We humbly pray to follow our Guru-varga under the guidance of Srila Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada, and Srila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada.

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