Join us this karthik!
The residents of Sri Gita Nagari Dhama extend a warm invite to all devotees to experience Karthika Parikrama in the home of Sri Sri Radha Damodara during Lord Damodara’s month.
During this time when many devotees would normally be traveling to India, please allow us to host you within this bucolic farm community established by Srila Prabhupada which we understand to be non-different from Sri Vrindavan Dhama.
Devotees are invited to come for the entire month or for any amount of time. Staying on the Dhama will give you an opportunity to deepen your hearing and chanting in a peaceful atmosphere.
Karthik Parikrama Daily Schedule Includes…
- Morning program
- Evening Krishna book readings
- Guided parikrama and katha
- 1.5 hours of service
In addition, we will observe:
- Disappearance of Narottama Das Thakura
- Appearance of Radha-kunda
- Go-puja & Go-krida
- Disappearance of Srila Prabhupada
- Disappearance of Gaurakisora Das Babaji
- Ekadashis and their significance
You can also expect…
- Community kirtans
- Cow cuddling
- Comfortable accommodation
- Nutritious prasadam
- Adults & 16+: $50/person per night
- 6yrs – 16yrs: $35/person per night
- 5yrs & under: FREE!
Pricing includes 1 night accommodation (including Wi-Fi!) and 2 full meals (lunch and breakfast). Dinner is self-service from what is remaining from breakfast & lunch as well as any available snacks.
Happy to announce our 10 hour kirtan festival! Nov 13, 12-10pm
Join us with our 2 Kirtan stalwarts: Gauravani Das and Sarvatma Das. Day trips to this event are at NO charge. Overnight stays will have a nominal charge. Kirtan timing: 12 noon to 10 pm. For day visits, prasadam will be provided. Being a remote location, it is important for all guests coming (whether day or overnight visits) to please register, so we can plan to receive you nicely and meet your needs.
MORNING PROGRAM SCHEDULE
- 4:30 am-5:15 am: Mangal-arti & Tulsi-arti
- 5:15 am-7:00 am: Japa
- 7:00 am-7:45 am: Srimad Bhagavatam Class
- 7:45 am-8:00 am: Guru Puja
- 8:00 am-8:10 am: Deity Greetings
- 8:10 am-8:30 am: Damodarastakam
EVENING READING SCHEDULE
- 6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Krishna Book reading
- 7:00 pm-7:30 pm: Damodarastakam
lasat-kuṇḍalam gokule bhrājamanam
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā
To the supreme controller, who possesses an eternal form of blissful knowledge, whose glistening earrings swing to and fro, who manifested Himself in Gokula, who stole the butter that the gopis kept hanging from the rafters of their storerooms and who then quickly jumped up and ran in retreat in fear of Mother Yasoda but was ultimately caught – to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mṛjantam
sthita-graivam dāmodaram bhakti-baddham
Upon seeing His mother’s whipping stick, He cried and rubbed His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes were fearful and His breathing quick, and as Mother Yasoda bound His belly with ropes, He shivered in fright and His pearl necklace shook. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.
itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
sva-ghoṣam nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvam
punaḥ prematas tam śatāvṛtti vande
Those superexcellent pastimes of Lord Krishna’s babyhood drowned the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy. To the devotees who are attracted only to His majestic aspect of Narayana in Vaikuntha, the Lord herein reveals: “I am conquered and overwhelmed by pure loving devotion.” To the Supreme Lord, Damodara, my obeisances hundreds and hundreds of times.
varam deva mokṣam na mokṣāvadhim vā
na canyam vṛṇe ‘ham vareṣād apīha
idam te vapur nātha gopāla-bālam
sadā me manasy āvirāstām kim anyaiḥ
O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for liberation, nor eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon. My only prayer is that Your childhood pastimes may constantly appear in my mind. O Lord, I do not even want to know your feature of Paramatma. I simply wish that Your childhood pastimes may ever be enacted in my heart.
idam te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair
vṛtam kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitam bimba-raktādharam me
manasy āvirāstām alam lakṣa-lābhaiḥ
O Lord, the cheeks of Your blackish lotus face, which is encircled by locks of curling hair, have become reddened like bimba fruits due to Mother Yasoda’s kisses. What more can I describe than this? Millions of opulences are of no use to me, but may this vision constantly remain in my mind.
namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ
O unlimited Vishnu! O master! O Lord! Be pleased upon me! I am drowning in an ocean of sorrow and am almost like a dead man. Please shower the rain of mercy on me; uplift me and protect me with Your nectarean vision.
kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktim svakām me prayaccha
na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha
O Lord Damodara, in Your form as a baby Mother Yasoda bound You to a grinding stone with a rope for tying cows. You then freed the sons of Kuvera, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, who were cursed to stand as trees and You gave them the chance to become Your devotees. Please bless me in this same way. I have no desire for liberation into Your effulgence.
namas te ‘stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai
namo ‘nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam
O Lord, the entire universe was created by Lord Brahma, who was born from Your abdomen, which was bound with a rope by Mother Yasoda. To this rope I offer my humble obeisances. I offer my obeisances to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani and to Your unlimited pastimes.
THE GLORIES OF KARTHIK
When one offers a lamp during the month of Kartika, his sins of many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eye blink.
Even if there are no mantras, no pious deeds, and no purity, everything becomes perfect when a person offers a lamp during the month of Kartika.
A person who during the month of Kartika offers a lamp to Lord Keshava has already performed all yajnas (sacrifice for the pleasure of the Lord) and bathed in all the holy rivers.
The ancestors say “when someone in our family pleases Lord Keshava by offering Him a lamp during the month of Kartika, then by the mercy of the Lord who holds the Sudarshan-Chakra in His hand, we will all attain liberation.
To one who either at home or in a temple offers a lamp during the month of Kartika, Lord Vasudeva gives a great result.
A person who offers a lamp to Lord Krishna during the month of Damodara (Kartika) becomes very glorious and fortune.
No sins exist anywhere in the three worlds that will not be purified by offering a lamp to Lord Keshava during Kartika.
A person who offers a lamp to Lord Damodara during Kartika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.
Kartik is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krsna. 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, whereas ordinary vratas only last for one lifetime! Srimati Radhika is the presiding deity of the holy month of Kartik. Rupa Goswami and others refer to Radharani as Kartik Devi; in other words, Radhika is the goddess or presiding Deity of the Kartik Vrata. – Padma Purana. : quoted by Srila Sanatana Goswami in his Hari-Bhakti Vilasa