śrī śrī guru gaurāṅga jayataḥ

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The Gaudiya Vaisnava Calendar is full of festivals and the Mission observes them with reverence. However, out of these, appearance of Lord Sri Krishna in the month of Bhadra, (Krishna-astami) and appearance of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the month of Phalgun (Holi Purnima) are celebrated with all grandeur and sublimity. Nagar Sankirtan in the company of Sanyasis, Brahmacharis and devotees is carried out singing devotional songs in glorification of the divine couple Sri Radha and Krishna. 

During the celebration of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance day, a seven day long Circumbulation (Parikrama) round the nine dwips (nine islands) of Sri Navadwip Dham is also taken out with devotional songs glorifying Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Sri Radha Krishna. Thousands of ardent devotees assemble at Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Gaudiya Math, Godrum Dham (Swarupganj). Kirtans together with recitals from Sri Bhagvatam are carried on in a highly devotional atmosphere. Thousands of Dhamvasis (residents of Nabadwips) get Mahaprasad during this occasion. The above festivals are celebrated in the various branch Maths also.

Apart from these two holy festivals, Lord Jagannth Snanjatra and Rathajatra at Sri Dham Puri, a month long Urjabrata Utsava at Vrindavan during the month of Kartik, Ramnavami, twenty-one days long Sri Chandan Yatra mahotsava, Sri Annakut, Sri Govardhan puja, Sri Radha Asthami are being celebrated during the year in all the branches.

Ekadasis (the eleventh day during waning and waxing moon) are considered most auspicious days, Ekadasis and other days of fasting are observed with enhanced chanting and listening of the transcendental glories of the Lord. On these days devotees observe fasting from grains, beans and other selected vegetables. At Kurukshetra the Mission celebrates Sri Geeta Jayanti with great pomp and show. The holy appearance and disappearance days of Acharayas, Gaura parsads (associates of Sri Lord Chaitanya) are also observed with all devotion and solemnity.