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2018-2019 BHAKTABANDHAV VAISNAVA CALENDAR

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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.

 

Sri Gaurabda 532 Vaishnava Calendar for Year 2018-19

 

AUGUST

2 Thu Tirobhava: Srila Gopal Bha a Gosvami.
5 Sun Tirobhava: Srila Lokanatha Gosvami.
7Tue Fasting for Kamika Ekadasi.
8Wed 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.
4Tue Paran after sunrise 5:53 am and before 10:02 am.
Sri Nandotsava.
Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta Swami Prabhupada.
6 Thu Fasting for Annada Ekadasi.
7 Fri Paran after sunrise 5:54 am and before 7:10 am.
9 Sun Amavasya.
10 Mon Avirbhava: Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja.
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 Bhakti vinoda Thakura.
23 Sun Tirobhava: Srila Haridasa Thakura and Sri Srimad Bhakti Vijnana Bhara Gosvami Maharaja. Ananta Caturdasi.
25 Tue Purnima. Sri Visvarupa-Mahotsava. Sannyasa day of Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami and Sri Srimad Bhakti ve- 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.
9Tue Amavasya.
13 Sat Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Pramod Puri Gosvami Maharaja
18 Thu Ākaśa-dīpadāna. O ering 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 Bha a Gosvami and Sri Krishna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami.
24 Wed Sarada Purnima. Sri Krishna’s Saradiya Rasa-lila. Kar ka 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 Naro ama 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.
6Tue Cho Dipavali.
7Wed Amavasya. Dīpavali. O ering 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 Bhakti vedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja & Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Maharaja.
11 Sun Tirobhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta Swami Prabhupada.
12 Mon Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Srirupa Siddhan Gosvami Maharaja.
15 Thu Gopastami. Tirobhava: Srila Srinivasa Acarya, Srila Dhananjaya Pandita and Srila Gadadhara dasa Thakura.
17 Sat End of Ākaśa-dīpadāna-o ering a lamp in the sky for one month.
19 Mon Fasting for U hana 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, Kar ka-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
4Tue Paran after sunrise 6:37 and before 10:11 am.
5Wed Tirobhava: Sri Saranga Thakura.
7 Fri Amavasya.
10 Mon Tirobhava: SriSrimadBhakti JivanJanardanaGosvamiMaharaja
13 Thu Sri Jagannatha-deva Oḍana Shasthi Ceremony (Lord Jagannath begins wearing winter clothes).
15 Sat Avirbhava: SriSrimadBhakti JivanJanardanaGosvamiMaharaja
16 Sun Avirbhava: Sri Srimad Bhakti Kamala Madhusudana Gosvami Maharaja.
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 Asto ara-sata Sri Srimad Bhakti siddhanta Sarasva Gosvami Thakura Prabhupada.
30 Sun Avirbhava: Om Visnupada 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta Vama- na Gosvami Maharaja.
Tirobhava: Srila Gurudeva Bhaktabandhava Om Visnupada 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta 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 Da a Thakura.
05 Fri Amavasya.
06 Sun Avirbhava: Sri Locana dasa Thakura
09 Wed Tirobhava: Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Jagadish Pandita
14 Mon Makara Sankran . Ganga Sagar Snana.
17 Thu Fasting for Putrada Ekadasi.
18 Fri Paran from 6:56 am to10:30 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 Bha a 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 Bhakti vedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Maharaja
4 Mon Mauni Amavasya. 98th Appearance day of Srila Gurudeva Bhaktabandhav Sri Srimad Bhakti vedanta 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 Cakravar Thakur and Sri Srimad Bhakti VivekaBhara GosvamiMaharaja. SriSaraswa 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-deva’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: Naro ama 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 Bhakti siddhanta Sarasva Gosvami Thakura Prabhu- pada. Tirobhava: Srila Gour 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 Bhakti vaibhava 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.