Up Coming Kartik Festivals
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Lord Damodara ki jai!
We are in the middle of the month of Damodara, Kartik. This is a very auspicious time. We usually have three wonderful festivals at this time, Dwilali, Govardhan puja, and Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance day festivals.
As you all are aware, the world is suffering a pandemic. Infections are rising currently, and we have a duty to not disrupt the daily service to our Lordships: Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladeva, and Lady Subdara, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Srila Prabhupada. If our pujaries fall ill, we don’t have anyone to cover their service. Immigration has been under attack in the past four years, and international travel is restricted to expatriates returning to their home countries. Under these circumstances, we have been limiting the public access to the temple in order to protect our pujaries and our congregation.
As a result, we will continue not having public festivals in the temple room. The temple is open during the restricted darshan hours for offering lamps and having a short darshan of Their Lordships within our temple pandemic guidelines.
We have been fortunate that His Grace Adi Gadahara prabhu has been arranging festivals and classes online via Zoom. Please continue accessing this service, and have a family celebration of these festivals in your home.
On, Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance day we will have puspanjali and arati offered to Srila Prabhupada before the raja bhog arati beginning at 11:45am, Wednesday, November 18th for temple residence only. It will not be open to the public. Srila Prabhupada disciples are allowed to attend. The service will be streamed on www.mayapur.tv .
We pray that you and your family are safe, in good health, and Krsna conscious. May Lord Damodara bless you all with Krsna prema. May Srila Prabhupada continue to keep all of you under the shelter of his devotion service.
ISKCON of Atlanta
Sri Damodar Mass - Kartik
10/31 to 11/29/20
The Covid virus is spreading rapidly. Please do your part to protect yourself, your family, and others by wearing a facemask when in public, wash your hands often, and do not go out of your home unnecessarily. 1% of the population has been infected. That means, for everyone 100 people you meet, one of them has the virus. You will never know who is that person.
We have had a couple of people arrive at the temple with high temperatures. There will be no exceptions if your temperature is high. You will not be allowed to enter the temple.
The management of the temple must manage the temple in such a way that the daily deity service (from 3:30a – 9:00p) continues without interruption. Therefore, our priority is to keep our pujaris healthy. Therefore, we are restricting access to the temple.
We will not be able to replace any pujari who falls ill. If that happens, the deities seva will be reduced. So, please do not be offended if we ask you not to come to the temple, ask you to stay within a certain area, or we don’t have festivals.
Our priority is to maintain the current deity seva. We humbly request, please forgive us if you are offended by our actions.
Also, if you are elderly, diabetic, or have other health issues, stay at home. Do not risk becoming sick because you haven’t had darshan in a long time. You can have daily darshan on www.mayapur.tv.
Your servants, ISKCON of Atlanta Management
Hare Krishna. July Update on the COVID-19 outbreak
Dear NA Leaders,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I write just to remind you, being encouraged to do so by other NA leaders, that it is imperative that we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect devotees from covid-19.
The recent, sad departure of HH Bhakti Charu Swami is a reminder that none of us is immune to nature's forces. And we know it's our duty to protect ourselves and other devotees so we can serve Krishna nicely and push on Srila Prabhupada's movement.
So, as you open up, or when you open up, please enforce the following (in your loving Krishna conscious ways).
1. All devotees and guests in the temples must wear masks. This should include children.
--this includes during kirtans. Even those leading kirtans should ideally continue to wear their masks.
2. All devotees and guests must observe social distancing.
3. Disinfectants should be available for all to use at the temple entrances.
4. Devotees should be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
5. Best to not pay obeisances on the floor.
6. Prasada items like flowers, water and lamps should not be passed around.
7. Microphones (both the mic and the top of the stand where people handle it) and musical instruments must be disinfected regularly
8. Other things like doorknobs, public spaces like bathrooms, etc, must be cleaned and disinfected several times daily.
9. additional attention should be given to how prasadam is prepared and distributed.
10. Please follow all government guidelines.
Again the key message is masks, distance, and disinfect.
Thank you very much for keeping the Vaishnava community safe.
Kuladri dasaDear NA Leaders,
We will have lamps available for offering to Lord Damodara during Kartik
begin Oct 31st and ending Nov 29th 2020.
The lamps may be offered at the following times daily:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Everyone entering the temple is required to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, have their body temperature checked, and observer the social distancing rules of the temple.
We still have the policy in place that only the temple residents are allowed to attend the morning program. Please do not come for deity greeting darshan. You will not be allowed inside the temple.
May Lord Damodara bless you and your family with good health and pure love for Lord Krsna and His devotees.
Kartik (Damodar) The Holiest Month
Kartik (Damodar) is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda.
Excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month:
“If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.”
“If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.”
“A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.”
“A person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”
“Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.”
“The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik."
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada