Monday, August 18, 2008

Festivals in August 2008

The Aug 2008 Calendar is astrologically a burdensome because we have two eclipses :--

i) 1st Aug, Friday, SOLAR ECLIPSE from 4 pm to 6.30 pm
ii) 16th August, SAT LUNAR ECLIPSE, at night 1am onwards to 4.30 am

The only antidote is to chant the glory of Lord Sri Hari's name or the akhand (continuous) Sri Hari Kirtan:

Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare ;
Hare Krishan Hare Krishan, Krishan Krishan Hare Hare

In particular, pregnant ladies and small kids must take precautions and not sight the eclipses with naked eyes. All are requested to be extra cautious.

Other important dates in the month of August are:--

A) MONDAY 4th August

In case you are planning to visit Lord Krishna's divine dham VRINDAVAN you may plan for the festival of HARYALI TEEJ (a festival held on the third day of a lunar fortnight, especially in the month of Savan). Shri Bihariji svarupa will be resplendent on Jhoola Sinhasan on this day. This is a great darshan and should not be missed ! Saint Ushaji 's Thakurji is already radiant everyday on the jhoola or swing from 4 to 6 pm for the entire month of sawan (name of the fifth month of the Hindu lunar calendar, July to August).

B) WEDNESDAY, 6th August

It's Kalki Jayanti the day Lord Kalki (name of the tenth and future avatara of Lord Vishnu as destroyer of the wicked and liberator of the world) will take birth at the end of the Kali Yuga. The most auspicious day to purchase a new house, car and vehicle and so on...Lord Sri Hari's 24 incarnations and (yet to take place ) Kalki-incarnation (also one of DASHAVTAAR)

C) FRIDAY, 8th August

Goswami Tulsidassji’s Jayanti writer of the Ramayana, the celebrated epic falls in the sawan month of Lord Shiva. Let us make obeisance to his Ishtdev Sita-Ramji -Laxmanji-Hanumanji.

D) SUNDAY, 24th August

We have Lord Sri Krishna’s Janamashtami fast, renowned the world over. The very next day on Monday, 25th August, Nandutsava is celebrated in the Sri Banke Bihariji temple ... NAND KE ANAND BHAYO....... JAI KANHAIYA LAL KI and 3 in 1 are Sri Radha Ramanji's darshan .