Kartika - The Holiest Month

Kartika-masa, also known as Damodar-masa, in accordance with Vaishnava calendars, is described in the scriptures as the best among months, for performing austerities for spiritual advancement.

Lord Sri Krishna says, “Of all plants, the sacred Tulasi is most dear to Me, of all months, Kartika is most dear, of all places of pilgrimage, My beloved Dwarka is most dear, and of all days, Ekadasi is most dear.

(Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda 112.3)

New Vrindaban's Govardhan Puja Friday, October 24, 2014

8:00 am                Lecture about Govardhan

9:00 am                Breakfast

9:30 am                Painting Dome at Radha Gopinath Mandir

12:00 noon         Govardhan Parikrama- Meet in temple lobby

2:30 pm               Decorating Cows at Goshalla (behind garden)

5:00 pm               Abhishek

6:00 pm               Class by H. H. Varsana Maharaj

7:00 pm               Artika

7:30 pm               Group Singing of Govardhana Puja song

7:45 pm               Feast

New Vrindaban's Joint Board Meeting & Community Dialog

As we do twice a year, the board members of ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban will meet face to face November 1st & 2nd, 2014.
In our ongoing efforts to improve communications, we are organizing a weekend of open presentations and discussions.
We humbly invite all New Vrindaban residents and well-wishers to participate.

Weekend schedule:
Saturday, November 1st. 

10:00 am to 1:30 pm: Department Head Presentations for 2014 (under the Lodge)

Digging Deeper - The Cleaning of Shyama Kunda at New Vrindaban

Getting the mercy while cleaning out New Vrindaban's Shyama Kunda, the devotees literally dug their hands into the mud, scooping it up and out of the kunda.  They filled up buckets after bucket of mud, formed a bucket brigade and emptied first Lalita Kunda and then Shyama Kunda.

Varsana Maharaja had to come to the rescue with his back hoe at one crucial point  to help scoop out some huge rocks.

Cleaning the Transcendental Kundas in New Vrindaban

Radha Kunda, the crest jewel of Govardhan, is now beautifully shining, and freshly lined.

New Vrindaban’s replica Radha Kunda up on the replica Govardhan Hill got a fresh lining at the end of this summer of 2014. It’s called “Rhino”, a type of cement which hardens into enamel, and is guaranteed for 30 years not to leak. This took two weeks, and lots of time and energy to shovel all the muck at the bottom. After seeing the beauty of Radha Kunda, and understanding that Lalita Kunda is also leaking, Gopisa Prabhu suggested that we also line Lalita Kunda and Shyama Kunda.

Greetings from the New Vrindaban Gardens: Harvest & Changing Seasons

The late summer has brought us a bounty of vegetables and a mountain of work preparing for the fall.  The teaching garden is filled with fall colors as the mums, calendula, daisies, and lilies have begun to bloom.  As the summer flowers and vegetables have completed their season the beds containing annual flowers (one that do not grow back in the spring) are being cover cropped. In the photo above daikon radishes are growing around daises yet to bloom. Other cover crops in the teaching garden include vicia vilosa (winter legume), wheat, and rye.