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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-vaisnavaraja-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 “overintelligent,” 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.