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How to Observe the Ananta Chaturdashi Vrata

By:Mahanidhi Swami Although most Vaisnava calendars mention this vow, on this day Gaudiyas usually focus on worshiping Haridasa Thakura. Some also observe the tirobhava of Srila Kavi Karnapura. The Ananta Chaturdashi Vrata is not described…
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Do One Good Deed Today

By: Mahanidhi Swami While visiting New Delhi one day, I noticed a short message repeated over and over again on a boundary wall beside a main road. Everyday thousands of people read that message which says, “Do One Good Deed Today”.…
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Magha Masa Vrata

By: Mahanidhi Swami from padma purana and hari bhakti vilasa, 14th vilasa (verses in brackets) I. Tattva / identity If one does not take Magha snana, his life is meaningless. Magha snana pleases krsna more than observing vows, austerities…
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The Day Govinda Became Ananta

By: Mahanidhi Swami Once upon a time Sri Krishna was playing with Radhika and the gopis in an area near Yavata-grama and Kokilavana. Somehow the ancient pastime of Anantashayi Vishnu (aka Ananta Padmanabha came up in Their conversation. Suddenly…
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The Nrsimhadeva Vrata

By: Mahanidhi Swami What is it? It is one complete day (vaishakha sukla caturdasi) of austerity observed for the pleasure of the Bhagavan Sri Nrsimhadeva. For millions of years, all the leading demigods, sages, kings, and humans have…
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Maha Shiva Ratri Vrata

By: Mahanidhi Swami What is this vrata? The Nagara Khanda (HBV 200) says, “This day, phalguna krishna chaturdashi, is called Shivaratri because on this day Lord Shiva personally remains present in all the shiva-lingas on earth.” This is…
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The Exciting Month of Sravana

By:Mahanidhi Swami In India, Sravana masa is the first full month of the rainy, monsoon season (varsha-ritu). In Vraja, for the pleasure of Priya-Priyatama, many wonderful festivals are celebrated to rejoice in the refreshing cool air and…
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Don’t Miss The Magha Month Vrata !!!

By: Mahanidhi Swami * What is it? Extensively described in the Puranas, the magha month vrata is a one month long penance, vow or vrata observed from pausa purnima until magha purnima to please Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshiped as Lord…
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Bhisma Panchaka

By: Mahanidhi Swami Upon hearing about Bhisma-panchaka, non-devotees respond by saying, “O what a terrible vrata!”(word bhisma means terrible) I. INTRODUCTION Bhisma Panchaka is a special 5-day vrata starting on Utthana Ekadasi…