Dear Devotees and friends of Sri-Sri-Radha-Madana-Mohan!
Please accept our humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Taking big steps we are once again approaching the most auspicious and sweetest month of the Vaishnava-calendar-year, the month of Kartika.
Let us look at the upcoming month:
On Purnima, Sunday 13th, the Kartika month starts. Kartika or Damodara month, as it is also known, is most liked by the devotees of the Lord since it is the month for prayers and deep absorption, the month of sweet bhajans, ghee-lamps, heart enchanting festivals and lots of opportunities for Vaishnava sanga.
In his Nectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhupada writes about Kartik: “The execution of devotional service during the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) is especially recommended to be performed in Mathura. This system is still followed by many devotees. They go to Vrindavan or Mathura and stay there during the month of Kartik, specifically to perform devotional service.”
Srila Rupa Goswami extols the Damodara (Kartik) month in his Mathura Mahatyam: “To them who worship Krishna in Vrindavan, the Lord gives them their original spiritual forms. The perfect atonement for purifying the self from the sins of a lifetime is to worship Lord Damodara in Vrindavan during Kartik. The month of Kartik spent in Vrindavan brings forth the supreme destination.”
Kartika month is also called “Damodara month”, which refers to that naughty boy, Krishna, who Mother Yasoda bound around the waist with a rope. During this Damodara month, if one manages to capture Krishna with the ropes of pure devotion, he/she will be released from the bondage of repeated birth and death. (Mahanidhi Swami, Srila Prabhupada in Radha-Damodar, Chpt. 9, “Kartik at Radha-Damodar”)
For those not able to physically go to the holy dhama of Vrindavan there are at least three other options:
- Create a Vrindavan-atmosphere in your own home. Decorate your altar with a picture of Yasoda-Damodar, put some candles and sing the Damodarastakam-prayers daily in front of your altar.
- Visit the holy land of Vrindavan in your mind, go on Govardhan-parikrama in your mind, take a bath in Sri Radhakunda in your mind, offer a lamp to Sri-Sri-Radha-Syamasundara in your mind.
- Come to Goloka Dhama and participate in the daily singing of the Damodarastakam-prayers and the offering of ghee-lamps to Sri-Sri-Radha-Madana-Mohan!
Here you will find the dates of the special celebrations during Kartika:
Sunday, Oct. 13th, Purnima, beginning of Kartika, offering of lamps during Sunday-feast-program
Monday, Oct. 21st, Bahulastami, Appearance of Sri Radhakunda, evening-bhajans
Monday, Oct. 28th, Dipavali, the festival of lights & Govardhan-puja, celebrations starting in the afternoon; Here is the tentatove Shedule:
17.00-18.00 abhisheka to Giriraja, everyone can bathe Giriraja
18.00-18.45 Giriraja-katha by Damodara-priya dasi
18.45-19.10 Giriraja-aratik and -parikrama
19.10-19.30 Damodarastakam and lamps offering
19.30 Giriraja maha prasadam
This year both these festivals fall on the same date!
Monday, Nov. 4th, Gopastami
Tuesday, Nov. 12th, end of Kartika
Other events or seminars during this month:
Friday, Nov. 1st up to Sunday, Nov. 3rd, Guru-Disciple-Course with Damodara-priya devi dasi
Friday, Nov. 1st up to Sunday, Nov. 3rd, Children camp with Kanu Priya devi dasi
We wish you a spiritually enlivening month of Kartika and are looking forward to serving you during the numerous upcoming events!
Your servants from Goloka Dhama