Upcoming Festivals

We invite you to attend our upcoming festivals.

Spiritual festivals provide opportunity for us to focus on the forms of the Lord and important spiritual personalities and thus become inspired in our life.

We rely on the generosity of our community and wellwishers to hold these festivals. If you would like to be part of providing these wonderful celebrations, please become a donor. Please contact Sakshigopal das at 352-222-1440, the Temple office at 386-462-2017 or donate online below.

Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival

Sunday, August 27 – Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Jhulan Yatra is celebrated in the lunar month of Shravan. Jhulan is a swing festival celebrating Radha-Krishna. The small Deities of Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar are swung in a special decorated swing by all members of the congregation.

Swinging every morning 7:30 am

Sri Balarama Jayanti

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The Supreme Person appears in innumerable forms to enjoy transcendental relationships. Some of His expansions are tiny, dependent beings, like us, and some are complete and omnipotent beings like Himself. Balarama, or Baladeva, is Krishna’s primary all-powerful expansion. When Krishna desires to appear in this world as an avatar, Balarama arranges for that appearance by expanding Himself into more forms of God. During Krishna’s pastimes on earth, Balarama was present as His elder brother. The Srimad-bhagavatam describes Their superhuman activities in the village of Vrindavan and the city of Dwaraka.

Fasting until noon

4:30 am Mangala Arati
7:20 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Deity greeting, new outfit
8:30 am Srimad-bhagavatam reading and class
9:30 am Bhajans and abhisheka by temple pujaris
4:15 pm Arati and Kirtan
4:00 pm Kirtan procession with Sri Sri Krishna Balaram all around temple property
5:00 pm Homa
5:30 pm Children break Lord Balaram’s honey pot
6:30 pm Maha Arati
5:30 –7:00 pm Maha Prasadam Feast served

Sri Krishna Janmastami

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the appearance anniversary of Krishna, the Supreme Person. He’s not “born” like we are—He comes and goes as He likes—but He appears here to please His devotees, rid the earth of evildoers, and give the rest of us something worthwhile to talk about. His pastime of janma, birth, occurred on the ashtami, eighth day of the waning moon in the lunar month of Hrishikesh. Janmashtami is one of the world’s biggest spiritual festivals.

Fasting until midnight

4:30 am Mangala Arati
7:20 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Deity greeting, new outfit, Maha Kirtan
8:30 am Srimad-bhagavatam reading and class
9:30 am Radha Shyam abhisheka by temple pujaris
12:00 pm Raj Bhoga Arati
4:00 pm Children’s activities open
4:00 pm Maha prasadam boxes served from this time onwards
4:15 pm Dhoop Arati
5:00 pm Children’s costume contest – main stage
5:00 –7:00 PM Cart rides over to the Eco Farm, feed the cows
5:30 –10:00 PM Entertainment – main stage
6:00 –11:00 PM Radha Krishna abhisheka tent opens, everyone welcome
6:30 pm Sandhya Arati
7:00 pm Krishna Astatara Satta Nama Homa (The 108 Names of Krishna) outside
8:00 pm Village of Vrndavan opens
12:00 am Midnight Maha Arati

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja

thursday, September 7, 2023

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is the extraordinary person who dedicated his life to teaching the world about Krishna consciousness, ancient India’s message of spiritual wisdom. Vyasa Puja is the celebration of his appearance day.

Fasting until noon

4:30 am Mangala Arati
7:20 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Deity greeting
8:15 am Homages to Srila Prabhupada
11:15 am 108 bhoga offerings to Srila Prabhupada
11:45 am Pushpanjali
1:00 pm Srila Prabhupada’s Feast

Sri Radhastami

Friday, September 22, 2023

Radhastami is celebrated by Krishna devotees as the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani, who is Krishna’s greatest devotee, the feminine aspect of the Absolute Truth, and Krishna’s energy Personified. Devotees of Krishna worship Srimati Radharani as the bestower of devotional service to Krishna, by attentively chanting Her name in the maha-mantra, and by worshiping Her deity form.

Fasting until noon

4:30 am Mangala Arati
7:20 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Deity greeting, new outfit
8:30 am Reading and class
9:30 am Bhajans and abhisheka by temple pujaris
All day Deity viewing until curtains close
3:30–6:30 pm for dressing/new outfit
1:00 pm Radha’s feast
5:45 pm Radha Sahasra-nama-stotra Homa
6:30 pm Sundara Arati, Kirtan, walk through darshan