Traditionally, Holi announces the arrival of spring. It is also connected with a special pastime of Lord Krishna wherein He and his devotees playfully sprayed each other with colored water. Reenacted each year with zest, Holi is today an event that draws tens of thousands to ISKCON temples for a day of music, dance, feasting, and exuberant throwing of colors, or powdered dyes, upon all who are bold enough, or fun loving enough, to participate.
The Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.The festival itself is believed to have origins from the Prahlada Puri temple of Multan in the Punjab region. The original temple of Prahladpuri is said to have been built by Prahlada Maharaja, Hiranyakashipu’s son.
Panihati Cida-Dahi festival is most celebrated among the prominent spiritual festivals in Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and culture. In due course of time, the immense charm of this Panihati Cida-Dahi festival has gradually transcended the confines of Panihati and by the divine arrangement of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya ISKCON, the festival has conquered the hearts of people even across borders of India.
The Panihati Cida-Dahi festival is now celebrated not just in Panihati, but across India and across the world (Atlanta in U.S.A., Dallas in U.S. State of Texas, Cape Town in South Africa, Manchester in UK are some of the important cities of overseas where the Panihati Cida-Dahi festival has been gaining overflowing popularity).Panihati Cida-Dahi festival is organized in the month of Jyestha on Sukla Trayodashi Tithi or the month of June. Panihati municipality extends its hearty cooperation every year to ensure well-ordered coordination of this festival .
This year, Panihati Chida Dahi utsav will be celebrated on 15th June, 2018. However, this time, Sri Sri Gaur Nitai Mandir, Iskcon Panihati, is going to add more spiritual flavour to the Panihati Chida dahi utsav by arranging for a series of opulent festivals, that will extend over five days (12th June, 2018- 16th June, 2018).
Nagar means “street” and “sankirtan” means congregational chanting. Srila Prabhupada considered public chanting to be the heart and soul of the Hare Krishna movement. In his correspondence to devotees, he would encourage them to engage in Sankirtana on the streets and during college engagements.
Lord Caitanya inaugurated Nagar Sankirtan with thousands of devotees, in the face of threats of imprisonment, torture and death.Devotees around the world continue to perform Nagar Sankirtan to the best of their capacity. In the context of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, ISKCON Kirtan Ministry encourages caution and compliance with the laws of local governments.
Devotees around the world continue to perform Nagar Sankirtan to the best of their capacity. In the context of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, ISKCON Kirtan Ministry encourages caution and compliance with the laws of local governments.