Kartik-The Sale of the Year

The Kartik month starts on the 21st of October 2021 and runs for four weeks till 19th of November 2021.

During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a lamp to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna. The importance of this month is described extensively in the scriptures, especially in Srila Rupa Goswami’s Mathura Mahatmya.

Every day, devotees come to the Temple and offer a candle or ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. The Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily in the morning and evening.

Do join us for this most wonderful celebration Daily.

Morning: 7 AM
Evening: 4:20pm  – 7:30pm

The Puranas (Vedic histories) extol the month of Kartik as the topmost in the calendar. Lord Krishna’s mercy is very easily accessible in this month and to demonstrate their sincerity devotees accept different austerities such as fasting, cutting down on non-essential activities and offering charity. Worship of Tulsi and serving Lord Krishna’s cows is especially glorified.

The month of Kartik begins on 21st October. Those who make a Kartik-vrata (vow) should start on the 20th of October. The vrata is concluded on the full moon (Purnima) on 19th November. In ISKCON temples around the world it is customary to sing Damodara-Astakam and to offer divas to Lord Krishna during this period.

FAQ’s

Do I need a Ticket?

No, there is no requirement for tickets, except on festival days of Govardhan Puja & Diwali festival (Friday 5th and Sunday 7th November) .

Do I need to bring my own candles?

Candles will be supplied by the temple free of charge. Please do not bring your own candles or divas as they may be a potential fire hazard.

Can I sit for the Kirtan?

Yes you are welcome to sit in the temple room, space permitting.

Where can I find the song sung during the offering?

Here is a A4 sheet of the the Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily in the morning and evening. https://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/wp-admin/post.php?page_id=648

21st October 2021 – 19th November 2021

During this month, we honour Krishna’s extraordinary loving exchanges with His pure devotees. One such devotee, Yasodamata, forgets that Krishna is God and relates to Him as His mother. When Krishna steals butter and yoghurt, Yasodamata chases and then binds Him. This supremely charming pastime has been remembered, sung about, and honoured through the ages.

Any spiritual activity we do during Kartik is magnified, so it’s an ideal time for us to immerse ourselves in Krishna consciousness. By observing spiritual vows during Kartik we can get the shelter of Srimati Radhika, the Queen of Vrndavan. So we’re all encouraged to increase our chanting of Krishna’s holy names, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, associating with Krishna’s devotees, and worshipping His all-attractive form of Sri Damodar.

The Damodarastakam, a series of eight beautiful verses by the great sage Satyavrata Muni is sung daily.