Gaura Purnima

This festival celebrates the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is observed annually (in February – March) by Krishna devotees all over the world—especially in the area of Mayapur, India,the place where Mahaprabhu appeared in the year 1486.

Chandan Yatra

Chandana-yatra is a festival that runs for three weeks. To keep the Deities cool during the time of scorching summer Sun, devotees apply sandalwood paste (chandana) over Sri Sri Radha Govinda and other Deities.


This commemorates the return of Lord Ramachandra to Ayodhya after He had conquered over Ravana and rescued Sita-devi. The Ramayana states: “Lord Ramachandra entered Ayodhya in the midst of a great festival.

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Pooja

The appearance day of Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON is celebrated as Vyasa Puja.Srila Prabhupada was born in 1896 on the day of Nandotsava (the next day of Janmashtami).

Gita Jayanthi

In present days, the word “jayanti” is loosely used for someone’s birthday. However, this word is not meant for mortal beings. What most people don’t know about Gita jayanti is, when Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, it was not the first time that He spoke it. Gita jayanti is notthe birthday of Bhagavad Gita.


On Gopashtami day Nanda Maharaja performed a ceremony for the cows and Krishna (and His friends) in Vrindavan, as He reached the pauganda age. This was the day Nanda Maharaja sent his children Krishna and Balarama to herd the cows for the first time. It was a celebration meant only for men and boys.

Govardhan Puja

Annakuta-mahotsava is a festival commemorating the day when the Lord lifted Govardhana hill toassure protection to His devotees. The Lord assumed a gigantic form and accepted all the offerings made by His devotees.

Significance of Govardhan puja
Govardhan puja, one of the biggest festivals in the month of Kartik, observed on Shukla paksha pratipad, is celebrated with great jubilation in Parama Karuna Sri Sri Nitai Gaura Chandra mandir in ISKCON Trichy. In the Evening on this auspicious day, the cows are worshiped with great respect. Being the eternal servitors of Shri Krishna, who is a cowherd boy, all the devotees take great pleasure in feeding the cows and caressing them. Thereafter the cows and Giri govardhan are glorified, Following the class,
Giriraj maharaj gives all the devotees an opportunity to serve him and become the recipients of his mercy.
It is our true good fortune to be able to engage ourselves in the service of Giriraj maharaj, and we pray to him to give us a particle of his mercy so that we shall be able to serve Shri Shri Radha Shyamsundar in their lilas.
The glories of Govardhan are endless and the importance of his worship was established by Krishna himself in the most amazing pastime.
Once when the vrijavasis were preparing for the yajna to be performed for the pleasure of lord Indra, to appease him and be blessed with sufficient rain, the young prince of Vraja, the very life and soul of all the vrajvasis, Nandanandan Shyamsyndar questioned the ritual and proclaimed that the worship of lord Indra was unnecessary as it was his responsibility to provide the required amount of rain to all the inhabitants of the world. Instead they should worship mother cow and Giriraj govardhan, as they are truly the sustainers of all the cowherds in Vrindavan. Upon hearing this, all the residents of Vrindavan headed by Nanda Maharaj agreed to take the advice of Krishna, and they all started gathering innumerable food items to offer to Giriraj maharaj. They then assembled in front of the hill and performed puja to mother cow and Govardhan hill and offered all the bhoga to him. Thereafter they circumambulated the hill and experienced great jubilation in celebrating the festival. However, Indra was greatly enraged by this and immediately he ordered his Samvartaka clouds to go and devastate entire Vraj and inundate it with water. The wrath of lord Indra struck fear in the hearts of the vrajvasis and therefore they took shelter of Krishna and prayed to him to protect them from the torrents of rain being sent by Indra. Seeing the plee of the vrajavasis Krishna immediately lifted Govardhan hill and held it up for seven days, providing all the residents of Vraja protection from the downpour. Thereafter, when Indra saw the supernatural potency of the young boy, he could understand that he was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and therefore came and asked for forgiveness, offering many prayers in glorification and bathing the Lord with the milk of Surabhi cow and water from Akash ganga, thus forming the beautiful lake named Govinda kund. In this way Shri Krishna himself established the worship of Giriraj maharaj.
On this day, we pray to Giriraj that one day we may be able to serve the divine couple when they sport in the various grooves on his hilltops, which are full with water falls and pristine lakes with blooming lotuses, the aroma of which attract numerous honey bees to them, fruit orchards which satisfy the cowherd friends of Shri Krishna and provide nectarian honey dripping from the branches, minerals with which they decorate themselves and beautiful caves for the pranay keli, of Shri Shri Radha Shyamsundar.
saptāham evācyuta-hasta-paṅkaje
bhṛṅgāyamānaṁ phala-mūla-kandaraiḥ
saṁsevyamānaṁ harim ātma-vṛndakair
govardhanādriṁ śirasā namāmi
Girirāja Govardhana rested like a bee upon the lotus hand of Acyuta for seven days. He expertly serves Śrī Hari and Śrī Hari’s dear associates by providing them with fruits, roots, and caves. I bow my head and offer praṇāma unto that Govardhana Hill.
Hare Krishna

Harinam Sankirtan

This kirtan (the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord) is performed publicly in thestreets of towns and villages. This is especially recommended by “Chaitanya Mahaprabhu” who used to perform it on the streets in order to increase one’s love for Lord Krishna.

Damodhar Month

This commemorates the return of Lord Ramachandra to Ayodhya after He had conquered over Ravana andrescued Sita-devi. The Ramayana states: “Lord Ramachandra entered Ayodhya in the midst of a great festival.

Jhulan Yatra

Jhulana-yatra is a festival to celebrate Radha Krishna’s pastime of swinging on a golden swing every day until Balarama-purnima.At Indore, Sri Sri Radha Govinda are decorated nicely and seated on a swing. All devotees wait patiently in a queue to swing Their Lordships.

Narsimha Chaturdashi

Sri Narasimha Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Narasimha, the half-lion half-man incarnation of Supreme Lord Krishna, who appeared to protect Prahlada from his demoniac father Hiranyakashipu.

Nityanand Trayodasi


Sri Nityananda Trayodashi is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The SupremeLord Sri Krishna appeared in Navadvipa as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish the Sankirtana Movement (the Yuga Dharma for this age of quarrel and hypocrisy).

Nauka Vihar

Every year in the summer months, the devotees at ISKCON celebrate the boat festival of Their Lordships. This festival is connected to the pastimes of Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani, who along with their friends would enjoy boat rides on the river Yamuna in the summers.


Radhashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the bright fortnight (shukla paksha ashtami) in the month of Bhadra (August – September). It is a very significant festival for the devotees.


Janmashtami is a grand celebration to commemorate the appearance of Lord Krishna on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month. The celebrations at ISKCON Indore revolve around the all-encompassing Lord Krishna, and Janmashtami is perhaps the biggest of them all.

World Holy Name Festival

Traditionally, Holi announces the arrival of spring. It is also connected with a special pastime of Lord Krishna wherein He and his devotees playfully sprayed each other with colored water. Reenacted each year with zest, Holi is today an event that draws tens of thousands to ISKCON

Panihati Festival

Panihati Cida-Dahi festival is most celebrated among the prominent spiritual festivals in Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and culture.


Nagar means “street” and “sankirtan” means congregational chanting. Srila Prabhupada consideredpublic chanting to be the heart and soul of the Hare Krishna movement. In his correspondence to devotees.