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Appendix Two Special Festivals

 

The following is a list of all the special festivals that take place in Gadeigiri. Some of these festivals are not normally observed elaborately in other ISKCON cen¬ters. For exact dates see the ISKCON calendar.

 

•Gaura Purnima

•Dola-yatra — A very popular festival in Orissa, Dola-yatra begins on Gaura Purnima day (also known as DoIa Purnima) and continues for seven days. The deities are taken by palanquin to the homes of vari¬ous local devotees. There, Sri Radha-Gopal Jiu are offered special foodstuffs and kirtan. This festival is also observed for other local deities of Radha and Krishna. On the seventh day all of the deities come together for a grand festival in one place.

•Vasanta-rasa — A rasa arena is made in the temple courtyard and the deities are brought out. They lis¬ten to traditional Oriya iTla-kirtans sung by local devotees. Celebrated on the full moon day at the end of the month of Vishnu (March-April).

•Chandana-yatra — For twenty-one days of the summer season, Radha-Gopal are smeared with san¬dalwood paste, then taken for a boat ride in the evening. This festival begins on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of Madhusudana (April-May).

•Snana-yatra — Public bathing ceremony for Lord Jagannath on the full moon day of the month of Trivikrama (May-June).

•Janmastami

•Appearance day of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

•Appearance day of Srila Gour Govinda Swami — Celebrated on the first day of the bright fortnight of the month of Hrishikesh (August-September).

•Radhastami

•Sarat-rasa — Performed in the same manner as Vasanta-rasa. Celebrated on the full moon day at the end of the month of Kartikka (October-November)

•Vasanta-panchami — The first day of spring. A special festival is held on this day commemorating the opening of the temple for Sri Sri Radha Gopal Jiu. Celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fort¬night of the month of Madhava (January-February)

•Disappearance day of Srila Gour Govinda Swami — Celebrated on the fifth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Govinda (February-March)