FESTIVALS CELEBRATED IN ISKCON , COIMBATORE
Snana Yatra (January) Lord Jagannath who appears as Daru brahman or the Lord in wooden form; according to Vedic tradition, is given an Abhishekam once a year. After the bath He is dressed in a special hathi-vesa (elephant form), a rare darsana!
Ratha Yatra (January) The annual chariot festival held through the main streets of Coimbatore city centre attracts devotees from all over South India. The Vedas declare that, for one who even once sees Lord Jagannath coming on His grand chariot and takes part by pulling it, there is no rebirth.
Gaura Purnima (February – March)- The Appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the most merciful incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna Himself. This is the New Year day of the Vaishnava Calendar for the devotees of Lord Krishna.
Sri Rama Navami (April)– The Appearance day of Sri Ramachandra, the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Celebrated with Rama Katha, Abhishekam, Arati and Prasadam
Chandana Yatra (April-May) -For 21 days, Lord Jagannath’s lotus face and hands are smeared with sandalwood to relieve Him from the heat of the summer season.
Narasimha Jayanthi (May)– The Appearance Day of Lord Narasimha, the half-man, half-lion form Who appeared from a pillar just to save His devotee Prahlada from the atrocities of his demoniac father Hiranyakasipu. Lord Jagannath is dressed as Narasimhadeva on this day.
Panihati Cida Dahi Mahotsava (June)– The Hare Krishnas’ “Transcendental Picnic” that features Abhishekam of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai (Krishna and Balarama) amidst serene natural settings.
Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra (July-August)- The “Swing Festival” during which, for five days every year ,devotees of the Lord get the rare opportunity to personally take part in Sri Sri Radha Govinda’s superexcellent pastimes by swinging Them in a beautifully decorated swing and singing sweet kirtan for Them.
Balarama Jayanti (July-August)– The Appearance Day of Lord Balarama, Krishna’s first expansion and His bother. This festival sets the mood for Janmashtami.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami (August-September) –The divine Appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Being the most important occasion for devotees, it is celebrated as a grand multi-day festival yearly at ISKCON Coimbatore.
Sri Radhashtami (August-September)- The Appearance Day of Lord Krishna’s divine consort Srimati Radharani.
Sri Damodara Arati & Karttika vrata (October- November)- A month-long festival wherein every evening ,visitors can personally offer ghee lamp arati to Lord Jagannath & Lord Damodara, to the accompaniment of the melodious Damodarastakam song. Any seva performed during this month gives 10000 times its spiritual benefit.
Deepavali, Govardhana Puja, Go Puja (October-November)– These are special festival days during the most auspicious Damodara month. Govardhana Puja marks the day when Lord Krishna lifted Govardhana Hill to save the residents of Vrindavana from the torrential rain sent by Indra.
Gita Jayanti (November-December) -The anniversary of Lord Krishna’s speaking the Bhagavad- gita to Arjuna more than 5000 years ago. Highlights include chanting all the 700 slokas of the Gita as well as Vidya-danam (distribution of Gita to the needy).