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"The Name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are the same, and if you abuse those who are preaching Their glories, the Name will not be happy with you. The Name will not then appear in your heart."

- Srila Govinda Maharaj

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21 March 2023

thumbSoon available, the new Vaishnava Calendar is in the final stages of preparation. The new generation of presenters of the calendar are doing their best with much attention to ensure the calculations are correct and accurately in the line of Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Gurudev.
In the meantime, the current calendar goes up to 6th April.


19 March 2023

Festival in honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival at Varaha Nagar. Disappearance of Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Satyendrachandra Bhattacharya Mahoday.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

thumbThe Acharya of Srimad Bhagavatam. The glorious service of Sri Raghunath Pandit in Varaha Nagar. This Pastime of Sriman Mahaprabhu visiting Sri Varaha Nagar is described in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat (Antya-khanda, 5.110–124). Translation plus an excerpt from a related commentary by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. Originally posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website, available here as a pdf file (180 KB).


12 March 2023

Festival at the appearance place of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Sripat Hapaniya: grand appearance of the Holy Deities of Sripat Hapaniya, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Gopinath Jiu at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Ashram. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Sharan Shanta Maharaj. Pancham Dol.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Audio: Brief history of our Temple at Sripat Hapaniya. Morning informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata.
Download, or listen online (32+ minutes, 3.7 MB mp3 audio)
or:
higher quality (7.4 MB).

A Day at Hapaniya, a lecture delivered by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in October, 1989. First published in Sri Chaitanya Saraswati, Vol. I.(50K PDF file.)


7 March 2023

Sri Gauravirbhava Paurnamasi. Sri Gaura Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. Grand festival at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Vasantotsav and Dol Yatra of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. Special offering of worship and arati. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita reading and mahasankirtan. End of year 537 Gaurabda.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

thumbAudio: Sri Gaura Purnima, 1998. "Actually what Mahaprabhu has shown in His Pastimes, is the exclusive madhurya rasa lila... Radharani's heart and halo not will be manifested with a Yuga-avatar... The Yuga-avatar Krishna's action is to preach the Harinama sankirtan. What we are telling about Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, that he, like Yuga-avatar, gave the whole Krishna conception to the whole world. It is also work of the Yuga-avatar. But the mood of Radharani with heart and halo, only Krishna with Radharani can represent this in front of us - not for us, but for His own interest. "
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Gaura Purnima day, 13 March 1998:
21+ minutes, 5 MB mp3 audio

 Celebrating Sri Gaura Purnima. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes the joy in the devotees' hearts. (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

Audio: Sri Gaura Purnima 2004, most inspiring address to the devotees by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip.
6 March 2004:
18+ minutes, 4+ MB mp3 audio

Audio: Sri Gaura Purnima. Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj reflects on Srila Sridhar Maharaj's teachings about how Nabadwip is for the benefit of the fallen section. A talk on the Appearance Day of Sri Gauranga Sundar, 25 March 2005:
45 minutes, 10.3 MB mp3 audio

Video. Sri Gaura-Purnima 2009 news presentation by Vaidehi Devi Dasi introducing the annual festival at our Nabadwip Temple celebrating Sri Gauranga Sundar's appearance. Includes footage of this year's programme and an excerpt from a recent informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on his verandah in our Dum Dum Park Temple, Kolkata.

6+ minutes, 8+ MB 'wmv' video

Video. Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama Adhivas Celebration 2009. Inauguration of the festivals with discourses in English by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj, kirttans, arati, Temple parikrama and evening programme at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

17+ minutes, 25 MB 'wmv' video

Audio: Srila Gurudev leading kirttan chanting the Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita slokas Adi-lila:13, 89-124 at the time of moonrise, Sri Gaura-Purnima 2004.
34 mins 8.1 MB mp3 audio

Audio: Kirttan chanted by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharajon the Adhivas Day of Sri Gaura-Purnima Parikrama 2004: Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's compositions, Goptritve Varaha (Ki jani ki bole, tomara dhamete...) and Dainyatmika (Emona durmmati, samsara bhitare...).
10 minutes, 3 MB mp3 audio.
The words and translations are in our Math's Kirttan Guide available here as a free download here.

Audio: Two audio files: Srila Govinda Maharaj chants prayers and kirttans as an invocation to the evening Gaura-Purnima programme in Nabadwip, and Srila Gurudev's Gaura-Purnima address to the devotees. (2002)

"The Appearance of Sri Gaurasundar" a discourse by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. First published in "Guardian of Devotion" printed in India in 1986. Reprinted in "Sri Gaura Purnima," Australia, 2002.

The verses sung at Sri Gaura-Purnima from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, ready to print to assist guests and devotees to participate.

The Kirttan composed by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj glorifying Sri Gaurasundar's Appearance: 'Sri-Sri Gaurasundarer Avirbhava Vasare'.

The Appearance of Sri Gaurasundar by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj. Translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Bhakti Madhav Puri Maharaj. First published in the Calcutta 1986 edition of The Guardian of Devotion. (60K PDF file.)

The Advent of Sri Sri Gaurasundar from the Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrita of Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. Translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Swarupananda Prabhu. First published in Counterpoint (Vol. 1 No. 6). (55K PDF file.)


4 March 2023

Parikrama of Praudha Maya, Vriddha Shiva, Sri Vishnu Priya's Deity of Sri Gauranga, Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir, Sri Koladwip, and other places. Disappearance of Sripad Madhavendra Puri.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

thumbAudio: Srila Madhavendra Puri. Wonderful informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj about Srila Madhavendra Puri.
"Madhavendra Puri is accepted as the ankura (sprout) of Gaudiya Vaishnava faith, a sannyasi who got the spark of Vrindavan's love divine in his heart. He expressed symptoms in that way, and from him generally the Gaudiya Vaishnava school is traced."
8 March 1982:
37+ minutes, 8.6 MB mp3 audio

thumbThe pontifical position of Sri Madhavendra Puri, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This article first appeared in The Harmonist in February 1935. Reproduced here as a text webpage as well as scans of the original printing (500K pdf file).

thumbAudio: Chanting Sri Madhavendra Puri's qualities. Sri Gaura Purnima adhivas day, 2003, Internet radio address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
Srila Gurudev describes the Pastimes and glories of Sri Madhavendra Puri, then highlights the fortune of all the devotees in this present age.
First posted by Sripad Madhusudan Prabhu on his krsna.cc website.
19 March 2000:
24 minutes, 5+ MB mp3 audio

Video. Sri Madhavendra Puri's Disappearance Day public address by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj in the nat mandir of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, March 2008.
15+ minutes, 20+ MB 'mov' video

 The Door to Divine Love. The devotion in separation revealed by Sripad Madhavendra Puri. Excerpts from chapter four of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita with commentaries by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.

 Audio: Sri Madhavendra Puri's disappearance day in Nabadwip, 2014. Informal discourses by Srila Bhakti Pavan Janardan Maharaj and Sripad B.K. Tyagi Maharaj, accompanied by a running translation into Telegu by Sripad B.N. Shanta Maharaj.
Nabadwip, 13 March 2014:
43 minutes, 6 MB mp3 audio


2nd to 8th March 2023

Adhivas festival of Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama. Annual seven day festival.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya and Sri Nabadwip-bhava-taranga. Two books of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur including verse by verse translations: free pdf download. Very helpful for following the Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikramas taking place now in Nabadwip.

thumbAudio: Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama 1982 talk by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. "Kirtan, sankirtan, is the central service recommended by Mahaprabhu specially for Kali-yuga. Sankirtan: to listen and to reproduce what we listen to... We are to exert to our utmost for kirtan purpose. Kirtan means to preach, and that has been recommended as the highest method of our attainment specially for the beginners. Assert as much as you can. Engage every nerve for preaching, for spreading the truth you imbibe from the higher source."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, 7 March 1982:
16+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 The Distribution of Love. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the third day of Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, in 1982. (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)

 The Land of Sweetness. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains the essence of Sri Gauda Mandal.
"Gauda Mandal is Vraja Mandal. The word 'Gauda' comes from the word 'gud'. 'Gud' means misti, sweet. When something is sweet, it may be described by the synonym 'gud'. Gud represents sweetness. So Gauda Mandal: "the sweet land". There is no sweetness anywhere like that found in Vrndavan and Nabadwip." Read more... (Posted on the Math's gaudiyadarshan.com website.)


23 February 2023

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Radha Ramanasundar Jiu installation anniversary festival, at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kaikhali, Kolkata.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Kaikhali: Installation of Sri Sri Gandharvika Radha Ramanasundar Jiu at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Calcutta. Pictures of Their installation, 9 March 2000. Their Lordships joined Sri Gauranga who was installed in the neighbouring ashram building by Srila Gurudev Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj during the time of Srila Guru Maharaj Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaj.

Kaikhali: Second Anniversary Installation Festival of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Radha-Ramanasundarjiu at Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, by Calcutta Airport. Pictures of yesterday's festival. (18 March 2002)


20 February 2023

mavasya. Anniversary festival of the installation of Sri Sadashiva Gangadhar, Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

Audio: Sri Govinda Kunda manifests, Lord Siva arrives. First part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj given on 3 March 2003, the day after the installation of Sri Gangadhara Sada-Siva here by Sri Govinda Kunda. Part one. (20 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)

Audio: Lord Siva appeared here yesterday. The second part of the public discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj at the Sevashram on 3 March 2003. (22 minutes. Streaming audio, or download and listen.)

Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 2003.

Pilgrimage to Sri Buroraj Shiva: Srila Govinda Maharaj's pilgrimage to ask permission of Lord Shiva at Jhamalpur for the inauguration of the Shiva Temple beside Sri Govinda Kunda, 2003.

Installation of Lord Shiva in his new Temple by Sri Govinda Kunda. Picture page of the programme opposite Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, 2 March 2003.


19 February 2023

Sri Sri Shivaratri (optional fast). Disappearance of Sripad Yudhamanyu Prabhu Seva Vikram.

Related to this day from previous postings on the Math's websites:

thumbAudio: Lord Shiva. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains clearly the different aspects of Lord Shiva and his position as Rudra and Sadashiva. "The consciousness which is in connection with misconception - not proper conception but misconception - eternally connected, that sort of consciousness has got Shiva. And Sadashiva is a little higher consciousness of Shiva which is tending towards Vaikuntha service."
21 December 1981:
17+ minutes, 4 MB mp3 audio

 Audio: Sri Sri Shivaratri, 2009. "Another form of Lord Shiva is Gangadhar. According to what was revealed in my heart I gave that name to our manifested Deity of Lord Shiva: Gangadhar. Ganga Mayi, she comes down for rescuing the fallen souls and Lord Shiva takes her force in his hair ... Always our names (of the Deities) are perfect everywhere. Srila Guru Maharaj has given that inspiration to me and I am giving that name."
Informal discourse by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj on Shivaratri evening, 6 March 2008.
7 minutes, 1.7 MB mp3 audio

Vaishnava Shiva. Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains Lord Siva's position as the best of Vaishnavas. Posted on the Math's 'GaudiyaDarshan.com' website.

Lord Shiva's pranam mantra, composed by Srila Govinda Maharaj just before the installation of Lord Shiva by Sri Govinda Kunda, Nabadwip, in 2003.


1 January 2023

New Year's Day.

Wishing a spiritually prosperous New Year to all the devotees and sincere searchers worldwide, in remembrance of the holy feet of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and the ocean of generous, deep, affectionate guidance they have given to the whole world.

...earlier updates >>


Please see our Earlier Updates for earlier updates this year and a full listing of thousands of earlier web-pages including pictures, reports, audios, videos, books, articles, etc. from Nabadwip, Kolkata and around the world. Plus a section of Srila Govinda Maharaj's World Tours with many links connected with his broad, affectionate preaching abroad.

If this is your first visit, you may be interested in the following articles:

If you are looking for news, you may be interested in these:

  • What's New? — for what's happening here at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip, India, and affiliated centres around the world. Includes topical pictures, dispatches, current events.
  • What was New? to look at entries over the last couple of years.
  • Archive Memories. Mainly with pictures going back to 1999.
  • World Tours page with information, dispatches and photos from all recent tours made by Srila Govinda Maharaj. News of any pending tours will also be posted here.

If you are looking for information, books, publicity material, etc. these may be helpful:

  • Books — for purchases, downloads, descriptions and excerpts.
  • Donations — can now be made efficiently on-line too.
  • Audio: several lectures by our Acharyas as well as morning classes by our sannyasi section, and kirttans. Spoken Books are also now available for free download.
  • Useful downloads, for pictures of our Gurudevas, pamphlets, diacritic fonts, mini-posters of quotations.
  • Tips for pilgrims — with practical information for pilgrims planning to visit our Temples in India.

Plus more! Look around, use the 'SCSMath Search Engine,' and please also let us know what you would like to see here. Feedback, suggestions, dispatches, material — all are welcome.

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- Srila Sridhar Maharaj

Main Vaisnava Dates:
Nabadwip's Calendar to 2023.
Plus an extensive list of local Ekadashi dates and paran times worldwide to 2023.

March 2023
19 Festival in honour of Sriman Mahaprabhu's auspicious arrival at Varaha Nagar. Disappearance of Srila Govinda Ghosh Thakur. Disappearance of Sripad Satyendrachandra Bhattacharya Mahoday.
26 Appearance of Sripad Ramanuja Acharya. Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj.
28 Appearance of Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj.
30 Sri Rama Navami. Fast until noon. Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.
April 2023
1 Ekadashi. Fast (in Nabadwip).
2 Paran between 05:33 and 06:15 (in Nabadwip). Festival in honour of the disappearance of Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Ashtottara-shata-sri Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.
6 Purnima. Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasa Yatra of Sri Balaram. Appearance of Srila Vamshi Vadanananda Thakur. Appearance of Srila Shyamananda Prabhu.
   
NB Ekadashi, dvadashi and 'paran' dates and times given here are calculated for Nabadwip. For local Ekadashi dates and paran times, please consult your nearest Centre.)
  'Fast' on Ekadahsi or Maha-dvadashi, refers to fasting from grains.
  'Paran' the day after such fasting days, refers to breaking fast with grains, after sunrise (unless otherwise stated) and before a specified time.
  Optional morning fast is observed in honour of prominent Vaisnavas on their appearance and disappearance days.
Full Vaishnava Calendar