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News and articles on cultural events, celebrations, and festivals like Rath yatras, appearance days of the Lord and His devotees.

purana not mythology

Mythology is a wrong word for Vedas and Puranas

It's almost like an established tradition today that the super-science and the mind-boggling stories of historical value found in the ancient Vedic texts, called...
panihati chida-dahi festival

Why Panihati chida-dahi festival is known as the festival of punishment

Panihati is the name of a village located in the state of West Bengal, on the banks of River Ganges (10 miles north of Kolkata)....
lord narasimha dev

A heartfelt prayer to Lord Narasimha Dev

Devotees worship Lord Narasimha Dev for different reasons depending on their faith and needs but in all their prayers one aspect that stands out...
Gaura Purnima - Lord Chaitanya showing He is non-different from Sri Sri Radha-Krishna

Gaura Purnima – The day Lord Krishna descended as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Commonly known as Holi, the day of phalgun purnima is celebrated around the world by ISKCON and other Gaudiya vaishnavas as Gaura Purnima as...
kirtan mela 2019

Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2019 – Devotees from over 60 countries chant together

In 2019, kirtan is readily available anywhere in the world. Kirtan is daily performed in temples and on the streets across the globe. Every...
Sri Sri Pancha-tattva Maha Abhishek Sri Mayapur

Maha Abhishek 2019 and what the viewers said about it

It is said in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.20-22 that the Characteristics of Krishna are understood to be a storehouse of transcendental love. "Although that...
jayapataka swami

Thousands of devotees welcome Srila Jayapataka Swami back home

Amidst chanting, dancing and happily crying thousands of devotees, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, the seniormost sannyasi and guru in ISKCON (founder-acharya His Divine Grace...
diwali wishes

Unconventional Diwali wishes specially for this year

When nothing seems to help, a simple positive thought can change people's life. Diwali is a unique festival when positive thoughts, well wishes, blessings...
Ganga Devi

“O Ganga Devi, your waters are the ambrosia of love of Godhead”

"The waters of the Ganges are always carrying the flavor of tulasi offered at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, and as such the...

Purushottam month – The pinnacle of all months

Hats off to the Vedic scriptures for being strikingly accurate in each and every prediction they have made. Not a single prediction has turned...

READERS' PICK

List of must carry Ayurvedic medicines for a smart traveller

People do travel, and when they do so, there is every possibility that they fall sick, get injured, catch cold, get headache and so...
Life all well? Hold on

Do not ignore this when life seems all well

Like most of you, I also have met hundreds of thousands of people in my life. When we ask, "how are you?", depending on...

Why vegetarian food improves mental health

A recent study says by 2020, depression will rank as the second leading cause of disability, after heart disease. It is found that half...

Dealing with anger that may appear righteous

Quite often, if not always, we find our anger towards someone justifiable. And quite often, if not always, we realize after a day or two,...

Go after them wherever they go – Serve them justice

I found the following news article interesting and thought it's a good news from the Reserve Bank of India.  India needs to crack down...