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.

Nityananda Trayodasi

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lord Nityananda’s birth in this world is called Nityananda Trayodasi and takes place in spring. Lord Nityananda always accompanies the Lord in all of His incarnations: as Lord Balarama the beloved brother of Lord Krishna, and as Lakshman the younger brother of Lord Rama.

He comes as Lord Nityananda, brother to Lord Caitanya and is known for His compassion on even the most fallen of living entities. He is known as the original spiritual guide for all seeking souls.

fasting until noon

4:30 am Mangal arati
7:20 am Guru puja
8:00 am Deity greeting with new outfit
8:15 am Bhajans by Bhaktivedanta Academy
8:30 am Special morning class
9:30 am Abhishek by temple pujaris
10:30 am to 4:15 pm  Ongoing bhajans
4:15 pm Parikram with Sri Sri Gaura Nitai around temple property
5:15 pm Fire yajña
6:00 pm Prasadam feast service begins
6:30 pm Gaura arati

Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura (1874–1936) was the spiritual master of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

He was a lifelong celibate and an influential teacher of bhakti all over India. By all historical accounts, he was extremely intelligent and excelled in math, astronomy, Sanskrit, and other languages. The University of Calcutta offered him a chair, but he declined so that he could dedicate his life to continuing the spiritual work of his father, Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

fasting until noon

Starting 2/22: Special morning classes on the life of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura

4:30 am Mangal arati
7:30 am Pushpanjali and guru puja
8:00 am Special morning class
11:00 am Offering of 108 preps
12:00 pm Raj Bhoga arati
12:30 pm Prasadam feast service begins
6:30 pm Sandhya arati

Snan Yatra

Sunday, March 3, 2024

On this day, Lord Jagannatha is bathed. He becomes sick and is confined to rest for fourteen days. He is then offered special care until He comes out for Rathayatra. According to Skanda Purana, when King Indradyumna installed the wooden deities, he arranged this bathing ceremony. This day considered to be the appearance day of Lord Jagannath.

Starting at 4:15 pm:
Kirtan, Rathayatra class/presentation, and the abhisheka of Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra

This festival is brought to you by Festival of Chariots.

Shivaratri

March 10, 2024

Shivaratri is a day to honor Lord Shiva. Vaishnavas do not generally take part in the worship of demigods except to honor them as great devotees of the Lord. Lord Shiva is worshipped by Vaishnavas because he is the greatest Vaishnava. Lord Shiva is known as shetrapala, the protector and guardian of the Lord’s holy dhama, and therefore devotees of Krishna pray to Lord Shiva to allow them entrance into the dhama and the Lord’s pastimes.

4:00 pm Shiva Linga abhishek, all participate
4:15 pm Arati and maha kirtan
5:00 pm Class on Lord Shiva in the Vaishnava tradition
5:15 pm to 6:30 pm Prasadam feast served

Daytona Beach Rathayatra

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Join us for this most festive occasion as we celebrate the 5,000 year-old tradition of Rathayatra (chariot festival), where we hold a parade and take the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannath to the streets and beaches of Florida.

For Daytona Beach Rathayatra details, visit the Facebook event page.

This festival is brought to you by Festival of Chariots.

Gaura Purnima

March 24, 2024

Lord Chaitanya, also known as Gauranga—the golden-colored incarnation of Lord Krishna—appeared in West Bengal, India, around 500 years ago. Gaura Purnima is the festival of His appearance, taking place in spring.

The Lord appeared in His previous incarnations as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, and Lord Nrsimhadeva. Lord Chaitanya transformed the hearts of everyone He met through singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and re-establishing the Bhakti-yoga tradition that ISKCON continues through its lineage today.

fasting until moonrise

4:30 am Mangal arati
7:20 am Guru puja
8:00 am Deity greeting with new outfit
8:15 am Bhajans by Bhaktivedanta Academy
8:30 am Lecture on the merciful Lord Chaitanya
9:30 am Abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai by temple pujaris
10:30 am to 4:15 PM  Ongoing bhajans
4:15 pm Arati and maha kirtan
4:30 pm Outside tent abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai for everyone to participate in
5:00 pm Dance and short play on the pavilion stage
5:30 pm Fire yajña Maha Mantra Homa and chanting the 108 names of Lord Chaitanya
6:00 pm Prasadam feast service begins
6:30 pm Sandhya arati & Holi colors distribution from the altar
7:30 pm Bonfire burning of Holika

St. Augustine Rathayatra

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Join us for this most festive occasion as we celebrate the 5,000 year-old tradition of Rathayatra (chariot festival), where we hold a parade and take the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannath to the streets and beaches of Florida.

For St. Augustine Rathayatra details, visit the Facebook event page.

This festival is brought to you by Festival of Chariots.

Rama Navami

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Lord Rama appeared on this planet millions of years ago in Ayodhya, India, and His appearance is celebrated on this day. Rama Navami celebrates the day of His birth.

Lord Rama’s life is depicted in the ancient epic scripture called the Ramayana—a famous literature read across all Hindu traditions. Lord Rama is known for His adherence to dharma (religiosity) through all situations He faced and is celebrated as the ideal devotee, king, and husband.

Clearwater Beach Rathayatra

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Join us for this most festive occasion as we celebrate the 5,000 year-old tradition of Rathayatra (chariot festival), where we hold a parade and take the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannath to the streets and beaches of Florida.

For Clearwater Beach Rathayatra details, visit the Facebook event page.

This festival is brought to you by Festival of Chariots.

Jacksonville Beach Rathayatra

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Join us for this most festive occasion as we celebrate the 5,000 year-old tradition of Rathayatra (chariot festival), where we hold a parade and take the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannath to the streets and beaches of Florida.

For Jacksonville Beach Rathayatra details, visit the Facebook event page.

Organized by Festival of Chariots

Nrsimha Caturdasi

May 22, 2024

This festival is one of remembrance of the Lord as the protector of His devotees and the remover of all obstacles and difficulties on the path of devotion to the Lord. Lord Nrsimhadeva, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, is known for His appearance in the world to save His devotee, a young child Prahlad. He appeared in the form of half man, half lion to fulfill the conditions of a boon while still protecting Prahlad.

Lord Nrsimhadeva is prayed to daily at all ISKCON temples. The Nrsimhadeva prayers are observed as a protection mantra.