Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact this month is known as Damodar, since in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani, and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favour.
ISKCON Vrindavan invites devotees to join in theauspicious Kartika Festival in Vrindavan. They have organized a wonderful varietyof parikramas to the Holy Places of Krishna's pastimes in Braja. Almost daily, they will be going by bus, leaving in the morning and returning in time for lunch at around 3 PM, unless otherwise noted. Sometimes they will also joinup with Lokanatha Swami's Vraja Mandala Parikrama and enjoy the association ofthe many devotees who will be wandering around Braja on foot. Tickets will beavailable from the Welcome Center next to the Krishna Balarama temple, and all of Srila Prabhupada's disciples and accompanied family members are free!
The 31st of November is the Holy Disappearance Day Festival of His Divine GraceA.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the organizers extend a warm invitation to all tocome and commemorate this sacred occasion in Sri Vrindavan, where HisDivine Grace is sitting in Samadhi.
Leading up to this day, every evening,senior disciples will be relating their memories of Srila Prabhupada. One daybefore, they will take the Deity of Srila Prabhupada in the very same palanquin from 1977 fora grand Sankirtan Procession past all the Goswami temples in Vrindavan.
13 Moonlight Giriraja Parikrama
15 Vrindavan Temples Pt 1
16 Vrindavan Temples Pt 2
17 Madhuvan - Talavan
19 Braj Mohan Mandir Narrottam Disap
20 Javat - Ter Kadamba(Lunch at Vrinda Kunda)
26 Rathayatra in Vrindavan
28 Raval - Gokul (Diwali)
29 Govardhana Puja
30 Srila Prabhupada Procession to Goswami Mandirs
31 Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day
1 Mansarovar, Bhandirvan, Baelvan (Return by boat)
4 Radha Kunda
5 Nandagram (Lunch at Vrinda Kunda)
7 Lohavan - Dauji
8 All night Kirtan in Vrinda Kunda
9 Tulasi Salagram Vivah in Vrinda Kunda
11 Surya Kunda