Kartik month is also known as Damodar month. It is considered as the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda.
During Kartik hundreds of devotees will be offering lamps daily to the Sri Radha Vrindaban Behari and Sri Sri Radha Damodar every day. Radha Damodar temple will be lit with lamps every day and on Diwali day all the temples will be beautifully decorated; it is a sight unseen.
In Vedic literature there are several glories of lighting lamps in Kartik and there is an interesting story. Once, in a temple of Lord Visnu, there was a mouse living who was eating the ghee from the extinguished ghee lamps which had been offered by others to Him. One day when she felt hungry to eat ghee, she tried to eat the ghee from a lamp which was not yet extinguished. While eating ghee from the lamp, the cotton wick got stuck in her teeth. Since the ghee wick had a flame, the mouse started jumping in front of the Lord’s Deity form and thus died due to fire. But Lord Sri Visnu accepted the jumping of that mouse with a lit ghee wick in her mouth as His aratik. In the end, He gave her entry into His abode Vaikuntha.
In Skanda Purana it is mentioned, “A person who offers a lamp to Lord Krishna during Karttika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.”
It is also mentioned that, “O sage, a person who makes Lord Vishnu’s temple splendid with many lights inside and outside, travels to the supreme abode on the path shining with light.”
And even a greater benefit is for those who facilitate this offering of lamp for others. In Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Sanatan goswami says, “Lord Krishna is pleased by the offering of a single lamp during the month of Kartika and He glorifies anyone who lights a lamp for someone else to offer.”
“Of all gifts the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartika is the best. No gift is its equal.” Says Narada Purana and those gift these will be gifted immense blessing of Lord Damodar and a special gift pack of organic products from Govardhan Ecovillage.
Sri Radhastami The divine appearance day of Srimati Radharani, the eternal consort of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Radhastami is a very special day for all the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, as by obtaining the mercy of Srimati Radharani one can easily achieve Krishna-prema. Radha is Krishna’s dearest servant, and is his pleasure potency.
Srimati Radharani’s glorious birth occured on the eighth day of the bright moon in the month of Bhadra. Although generally not full on that day, the moon appeared full to celebrate Radharani’s appearance in this world. Among all of Krishna’s consorts in Sri Vrindavana, Srimati Radharani is the greatest. In fact, She is the queen of Vrndavana. At Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir, we are fortunate to also worship Her eight dearest friends Lalita, Tungavidya, Chitra, Champakalata, Vishakha, Indulekha, Rangadevi and Sudevi.
Candana-yatra is the festival when the Deities are smeared with cooling sandalwood pulp (candana). During the hottest time of the day, the priests apply candana to the whole body of the Lord, at some places only the chest of the temple’s Krishna Deities. In many temples at least on one day (Akshaya Tritiya) Their whole bodies are smeared. The festival continues for 21 days from Akshay tritiya.
Balram Jayanti Srimad Bhagavatam Narration of Lord Balarama’s Appearance.
Lord Balarama is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. In Chaitanya Lila, Lord Balarama appears as Lord Nityananda, the bestower of mercy to even the most fallen conditioned soul. Therefore His appearance as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva is celebrated by devotees with great jubilation.
On the day of Balarama-purnima, devotees fast till noon. Murtis of Krishna-Balarama are decorated nicely and kept on the altar platform. At around 11 a.m. an abhisheka is performed and bhoga of varieties of sweets, savories, chutneys, rice, sabjis, cakes and pastries are offered. Flowers are offered at Their lotus feet and a maha-arati is performed, and a grand feast is served at 2 p.m.