Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Krishnashtami, SaatamAatham, Gokulashtami, AshtamiRohini,SrikrishnaJayanti, SreeJayanti or sometimes merely as Janmashtami, is an annual commemoration of the appearance da of the supreme personality of Godhead Sri Krishna.The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Shraavana (August–September) in the Hindu calendar
“As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. “ – Chapter 3: Birth of Lord Krishna,Krishna Book by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Lord Krishna Himself in Bhagavad gita, Chapter 4 text 8 describes the reason of His appearance as follows:
To deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well also restablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear millennium after millennium.In ISKCON Vellore, we celebrate it in a grand way. More than 25,000 people from Vellore will attend the program in the Temple.
Gaura-purnima is the most auspicious appearance day of Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu. In Mayapur it is the biggest festival throughout whole year.
On the eve of Gaura-purnima, an adhivasa ceremony is performed by the devotees to purify ourselves and get ready to worship and serve the Lord the next day.
A grand abhiseka of GaurangaMahaprabhu is done in the evening. The ecstatic hari-namasankirtana transports one to the spiritual world.
On Gaura-purnima devotees fast till moon rise.Anukalpamaha-prasada (ekadasi-prasada) is served after moonrise, while regular grain prasada is served on the next day, JagannathaMisra’s festival which is starting a New Year for all GaudiyaVaishnavas.
Nrsimha Caturdasi is celebrated on fourteenth day on the second half of Vaisakha (Madhusudana). This holiday celebrates the advent of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the fiercest incarnation of Krsna. Lord Nrsimhadeva came on earth to protect his devotee, Prahlad Maharaja, from the evil and atheistic clutches of his father, Hiranyakasipu. Devotees usually celebrate this day by the Srimad Bhagavatam.
The appearance of Lord Rama is celebrated as Ramanavmi. Ramnavmi falls on the ninth day of waxing fortnight of the month of Chaitra. In Treta-yuga, the Supreme Lord appeared as son of King Dasharath as Lord Ramachandra. Although he appeared as a man out of kindness to His devotees, along with His brother Lakshman, He is the Supreme Lord.
These are major festivals and there are many other festivals also. All these festivals are celebrated in a grand way. We request all you to participate in these festivals and drench yourself in the mercyof Lord Sri Krishna.