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november

02novAll DayAksyaya NavamiMathura-Vrindaban Parikrama. Twin circumambulation.

04novAll DayHaribodhini Ekadasi VratamBreaking the fast on next day: Bhisma Panchaka starts on this day. Lord Krsna is offered ghee lamp kept on a pealed sugarcane piece in the evening.

08novAll DayKartiki PurnimaFull moon day. Deva-deepavali, on this day the demigods in heaven celebrate the festival of lamps in heaven, having been pleased by Lord Rama’s arrival at Ayodhya. On this day, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also arrived in Vrindaban. The following Kartika vow ends on the next day. On this day, a lunar eclipse will take place in India. On this day, the moon will rise already eclipsed. The moon will become eclipsed at 14:39 and the moon will rise in Vrindaban at 17:30 and the eclipse will end in Vrindaban at 18: 19. In this situation, Vedic scriptures state to follow the rules for temple worship regarding inauspiciousness. The Vedic rule of a lunar eclipse is that inauspiciousness from the eclipse begins nine hours before the eclipse is seen. Thus, in this juncture, all temple worships should be completed by 8:30 a.m. and the temple should be closed till the end of the eclipse. No kind of worship should take place in the temple premises. Just before closing the doors of the deity room for the eclipse, kusha grass should be placed near the deities and in the glasses of deity’s drinking water. Then, kusha grass should be placed in the cooked items in the deity kitchen, which are meant for the next offering to the Lord. During the eclipse, kirtans and bhajans may go on in the temple but no kind of worship can commence in the temple. After the eclipse ends, the temple should be washed thoroughly from inside and outside and all the devotees should take their baths and change their Brahmin sacred threads. Only then should the pujari enter inside the sanctum sanctorum (at 18:45), and after washing the sanctum sanctorum properly, he should make offering and then at 19:30 should perform Sundarati. Then, as it is the last day of the Kartika month, an offering of ghee lamps along with the Damodarastam and the Vrajaraja-Sutastakam should be done on this day. On this special day, the temple can be closed late. It means only after making the last offering at 8.40 and after performing the last arati at 8:50 the temple should be closed. On the next day, Kartika Vrata’s Udyapana, a small feasting, should be held for ending the Kartika Vrata.

20novAll DayUtpanna Ekadasi VratamBreaking the fast on the next day by 7:40 a.m.

23novAll DayAmavasyaNew moon day.

december

04decAll DayMoksada Ekadasi Vratam VaisnavanamBreaking the fast on the next day and starting of Khichri Bhog of the Lord begins in the temple for next 30 days.

08decAll DayPurnimaFull moon day.

19decAll DaySaphala Ekadasi VratamBreaking the fast on the next day.

23decAll DayAmavasyaNew moon day.

The Vaishnava calendar is calculated every year before the new Vedic year by His Divine Grace Mahamamandaleshwar Mahant Krsna Balaram Swamiji, who appeared in and was raised by an enlightened Gaudiya-Brahmana family, descending from Kasyapa Muni, in the holiest land in India, Sri Vrindaban Dhama. He is expert in Vedic knowledge and holy astrology. He annually calculates the Vaisnava Calendar telling the proper Holy dates and Ekadasi dates. This calendar is calculated with exact agreement with the ancient scripture Haribhakti Vilasa of Srila Sanatana Goswami, a direct disciple of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. 

It is incumbent upon every follower of Bhagavat Dharma Samaj to abide by this properly astrologically calculated calendar following the exact system of the Haribhakti Vilasa. There are two systems of Vedic astrology — Solar calculation and Lunar calculation. The Vaisnava, devotional lineage, follows the Lunar calendar to calculate the exact Tithi (the lunar day). There are twenty-seven constellations and they travel with the moon. As the moon travels, the Tithi is carried by the moon. Therefore, the Vedic calculation of religious dates works per the position of the moon, and not according to the geographical position of a particular country. In spiritual life, knowing the proper calculation of the Tithi is more important than observing it.

The new calendar period is added to our website calendar every year around April-May.

Swamiji Speaks About the Vaishnava Calendar

The Vedic Rules for Observing Ekadasi Fast on the Dvadasi Day

In our Vaisnava calendar we carefully follow all the required Vedic rules for calculating the Ekadasi Fasting dates so that the Ekadasi observer receives proper and sufficient merits from the fast.

  1. If Punarvasu Naksatra falls on the Dvadasi day of bright fortnight (waxing moon), then this Fast is called Jaya Mahadvadasi.
  2. If Sravana Naksatra falls on the Dvadasi day of bright part (waxing moon), then Ekadasi fast is performed on the Dvadasi day and it is called Vijaya Mahadvadasi.
  3. If Rohini Naksatra falls on the Dvadasi day of bright part (waxing moon), then Ekadsi fast is done on the Dvadasi day and it is known as Jayanti Mahadvadasi.
  4. If Puksa Naksatra falls on the Dvadasi day of the bright part (waxing moon), then Ekadasi fast is done on the Dvadasi day instead of on the Ekadasi day, and it is named Papanasini Mahadvadasi day.
  5. If Ekadasi remains at the day break on the Dvadasi day, then it is called Unmilini Mahadvadasi day, and the Ekadasi fast is performed on the Dvadasi day.
  6. If ninety minutes before sunrise Ekadasi remains and Dvadasi remains the whole day and mixes with Trayodasi on the next morning, then fasting is done on Dvadasi day and it is called Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi fast.
  7. On any bright part of a month (waxing moon), if Ekadasi tithi is in the very early morning and Trayodasi remains the whole day till the end of that night, and Dvadasi tithi may or may not be seen (even a fraction of Dvadasi), it is called Trisprusha Mahadvadasi, and the Ekadasi fast is performed on the Dvadasi day.
  8. If Amavasya (new moon) or Purnima (full moon) tithis extend till the next day, then Fasting for Ekadasi is performed on the Dvadasi day in that fortnight.

Hari Bhakti Vilasa/Bhramanda Purana, sourced by His Divine Grace Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Sri Krsna Balaram Swamiji