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Janmashtami Quotes and Thoughts

In an article written on Janmashtami, Swami Chimayananda, symbolically explores the meaning of Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. This supreme essence born as a mass of beauty, music and joy, dazzling in wisdom, noisy with laughter, ever a master of circumstances, a king of events, frisking about in life’s melancholy contentions, meeting challenges with daring and confidence, at once a hero and a child all rolled in one – this is the perfect God-man, the eternal child of Vrindavan.
Krishna is Truth. He was born in the quite heart-caves of the Rishis. Those Rishis gradually transmitted their knowledge to their disciples. Thus Krishna was removed from the prison to Yasoda’s house – the disciple’s. There is no pain in this unique delivery. The Guru gives out the child without the agony of labor pains.
While we are sleeping in fatigue and exhaustion, wearied in production and destruction, we know not, that there is born a baby, called knowl…

Chinga Masam 2018 – Chingam Month in Kerala in 2018

Chinga Masam is the first month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Chinga Masam 2018 begins on August 17 and ends on September 16. The first day of Chingam month marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is known as Chingam 1. Kollavarsham (Kolla Varsham) 1194 begins as per traditional Kerala calendar on August 17, 2018. Onam the biggest festival of Kerala is observed on the Thiruonam Nakshatram day in Chingam month.

Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti (August 27) is observed on the Chathayam Nakshatram day in the Chingam month.

Important Festivals in the Chingam Month in Kerala
Sri Krishna Jayanti - September 2
Gokulashtami – September 2 Vinayaka Chaturthi – September 13
First Onam – August 24 Thiruonam – August 25

Chinga Masam Ekadasi Fasting are on August 22 and September 6

Pradosham dates in Chinga Masam are August 23 and September 7
Muruga Sashti Fasting is on August 16

Full Moon and No Moon Day Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – and A…

Radha Damodhar Temple in Vrindavan

RadhaDamodharTemple in Vrindavan is unique for many reasons as it has several pairs of murtis of Radha and Krishna. Srila Prabhupadaji translated the entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana here. There is also a Govardhan Shila here with footprints of Bhagvan Sri Krishna. The temple is located near the Seva Kunj and Loi Bazar in Vrindavan.

The main murti worshipped in the temple was carved by Rupa Goswami. He had given it to his disciple Jiva Goswami who built the temple in 1542. Goswamis who lived in the region used to meet and discuss the life of Sri Krishna and Radha here.
When Srila Prabhupada lived in Vrindavan he had made the temple his temporary residence. A small room used by Prabhupadaji can still be found here.
The temple has a huge courtyard. The cream colored main temple is noted for its arches and paintings. There is a huge bell in the right side of the sanctum sanctorum.
The sanctum sanctorum has different set of murtis of Radha and Krishna which were worshipped by different Gos…

Quotes on Devotion to Sri Krishna

Whether we live in a cave or in a place, in the forest or on a mountaintop, in water or in fire, there is no difference.
He who has entrusted himself into your (Krishna) keeping, O Lord, will ever be protected by you.
As the akola seed returns to the tree at night, as the iron filings rush to the magnet, as the faithful wife never deserts her husband in good and bad times, as the creeper clings to the tree and the river rushes to the ocean, so let my mind run to thee, O Lord, and stay there forever. Hari OM Tat Sat