At the Sri Radha Damodar Temple we celebrate many festivals that are part of Santana Dharma. The festivals attract hundreds of guests who benefit from chanting of the holy names, sankritana maha-yajna, bhajans, grand arati, abhishekam of the Lordships, cultural items, Srimad Bhagvatam discourses and prasadam.
During festivals we encourage devotee to fast welcome them to come along with friends and families to celebrate with us. We give opportunities for everyone to particptae in harinaam sankirtan, dance, abhishek and bring along with them fruits and flowers for the deities. Some major festivals include : Sri Krishna Janmastami, Gaura Purnima, Rama Navami, Govardhan Pooja and Radha Astami.
Ram Navami is 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.
Balarama Appearance is the day of the divine appearance of Sri Balaramji, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. On this day the practising vaishnavas observe fast (even from water) till noon (1200hrs). Lord Balarama is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. In Chanitanya 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.
Gaura Purnima is a festival which celebrates the appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in late February, early March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India, the place where He appeared in the year 1486. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, appearing as His own devotee, to teach us that we can gain full enlightenment simply by chanting the holy names of the Lord: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Krishna Janmashtami is actually short for Janmastami. Janmastami means birth (janma) on the eighth day (astami) after the full moon. What is so special about it? Sri Krishna, described by all scriptures as the original source of all incarnations, appeared as a child from Devaki and Vasudeva, some 5000 years ago. This was in Mathura, India. “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.