Festivals

It’s almost 26 years since our Madhurapuri Ashram was established. Although we have always been celebrating the birthday of Bhagavan, this is the 25th year after starting of the grand 10-day celebration of Janmashtami. The number of years is a …

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Sri Swamiji celebrated the special occasion at the holy kshetras of Senganoor and Govindapuram, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. That night was a rare total lunar eclipse, an extremely auspicious time to perform Nama sankirtan. So on Guru Poornima night, at Govindapuram (the hallowed  ‘Nama’ kshetra that is home to the jiva samadhi of the great saint Sri Bhagavan Nama Bodhendra Saraswati Swami), at Chaitanya Kuteeram (the abode of Lord Jagannatha and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself), under the shining full moon, blissful Mahamantra kirtan was performed. During the day, as part of the celebrations at Senganoor, Sri Swamiji gave a brief upanyasam about the significance of Guru Poornima and the importance of the Guru.

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Here are some sweet words by Gopa Kuteeram children from around the USA and Canada to their mothers, on the special occasion of Mother’s Day.   My sister and I call our mom, Amma. It may just be a couple …

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The Purpose of a Guru

A man once set out to the temple. On the way, his slippers tore. He did not find a cobbler to fix them. He was skeptical about leaving them outside the temple, for fear of someone stealing it. He removed …

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Gopashtami is a celebration of the Lord protecting His beloved Gopas, Gopis and cows. Here’s a quiz about this and other special days that occur this time of the year. 1. What was the name that was conferred on Lord …

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The Navaratri festival of the Mother Goddess was just celebrated this month and Indian communities everywhere were agog with the festivities. Navaratri is a time to invite friends and family, a time of togetherness and bonding, but more importantly, it …

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In the earlier ages, there was an asura king called Mahabali.  His kingdom covered Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld.  Although he was an asura, he had a reputation for being benevolent and very helpful to his subjects, unlike his relatives. …

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God doesn’t differentiate devotees based on birth, color, race, wealth, region or religion. He responds only to true love and devotion. Lord Vittal in Pandarpur has performed many lilas with His devotees, which proves this time and again. The Lord …

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1. To which Lord is Adhika masa auspicious? A. Lord Shiva B. Lord Brahma C. Lord Krishna 2. What is the other name for Adhika Masa? A. Purushottama Masa B. Chaturmasya C. Dhanur Masa 3. Once in how many months …

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