Although every month of the Indian calendar comes with a host of festivals and there has always been a festive time in the Dwarkadheesh temple, the major festivals, according to Indian calendar months celebrated here are as follows:
|Sr. No.||Month||Side 1st ½ or 2nd ½||Date (Indian)||Festivals|
|1||Kartik||Shukla (1st ½)||Pratipada (1st day)||New year, Govardhanpooja, Annakootdarshan (56 dishes)|
|2||Kartik||Shukla (1st ½)||Dwitiya||Bhai-beej|
|3||Kartik||Shukla (1st ½)||Ekadashi||Tulsi-vivah, Shardapeeth also celebrates Tulsi-Vivah at AshtaPatranni Temple, a procession is taken out in town|
|4||Margshirsh||Shukla (1st ½)||Ekadashi||Geeta Jayanti (at Shardapeeth premises), the Sun moves to Dhan (Saggitarrius) zodiac, celebrations of Dhanurmaas begins|
|5||Paush||Shukla (1st ½)||Chaturdashi||* Makar-Sankranti (The Sun moves to Makar (Capricorn) zodiac, also known as Uttarayan (tilting of the Sun towards North)|
|6||Paush||Shukla (1st ½)||Purnima||(Kheer –BhajiaBhog offered to the Lord in the evening)|
|7||Maagh||Shukla (1st ½)||Panchami||Vasantotsav (Spring Festival), Saraswati Pooja (Worshiping Goddess of Knowledge)|
|8||Falgun||Shukla (1st ½)||Ashtami||Holashtak begins. Colour fulaarti is performed every day. ‘Fuldol’ Shringar takes place on these days.|
|9||Chaitra||Shukla (1st ½)||Navami||Ramnavami – Lord Ram’s birthday|
|10||Chaitra||Shukla (1st ½)||Chaturdashi||Worshiping Brahmaleen Jagadguru Shankaracharya Abhinav Sachchidanand teerthji at Shardapeeth|
|11||Vaishakh||Shukla (1st ½)||Trutiya||‘Chandan Sewa’ darshan of ‘Akshaya Trutiya’. Adornment with flowers of the Lord begins from this day in the evening|
|12||Jyeshtha||Shukla (1st ½)||Panchami||Celebrations of coronation of the present Sharda Peethadheeshwar Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Swarupanandji Maharaj|
|13||Jyeshtha||Shukla (1st ½)||Purnima||Jyeshthabhishekotsava (adornment of the Lord with Mango pulp and juice (Darshan of the lord from open curtain and ‘Jal Yatra’ (procession with sprinkling of water) in the evening|
|14||Ashadh||Shukla (1st ½)||Pratipada||Final glimpse of the ‘Pushpa-Shringar’ (adornment with flowers) which began on Akshaya Trutiya|
|15||Ashadh||Shukla (1st ½)||Dwitiya||‘Rath Yatra’-the lord’s procession is taken out in a silver chariot from 1400 hrs. to 1600 hrs. Lord Krishna takes four circles around the temple, four aartis and bhog form the part of ‘Rath Yatra’ celebrations|
|16||Ashadh||Shukla (1st ½)||Purnima||It’s Guru Purnima. Guru pujan at Shardapeeth|
|17||Shraavan||Shukla (1st ½)||Dwitiya||15 days’ Hindola – Utsav begins. The Lord’s swing is decorated with Gold, Silver, vegetables, fruits, dry-fruits,etc. everyday.|
|18||Shraavan||Shukla (1st ½)||Ekadashi||Jiladan Utsav-The Lord moves around the town in a paalki and is brought to the mythological Kaklas Kund (a pool of water) where he is worshiped. A guard of honour is given to the Lord since the time of Gayakwadi rule. According to the myth (and as described in Shrimad Bhagvat), the disciples get rid of skin diseases by taking bath in the pool. This celebration is conducted by Sharda Peeth.|
|19||Shraavan||Shukla (1st ½)||Purnima||Raksha – bandhan and changing Yajnopavit of the Lord|
|20||Shraavan||Krishna (2nd ½)||Ashtamai||Janmashtami – birth day celebrations, open curtain puja-abhishek darshan. During Janmotsav at midnight, first Devakimaataa’s aarti is performed and then Lord’s aarti takes place. Lord’s janmotsav puja-archana begins at 2200 hrs.and the divine aarti takes place sharp at midnight. Disciples can enjoy darshan upto 0200 hrs. after midnight.|
|21||Bhadrapad||Shukla (1st ½)||Trutiya||Birth-day celebrations of the existing Shardapeethadheeshwar Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Swarupanand Saraswati Maharaj|
|22||Bhadrapad||Shukla (1st ½)||Dwadashi||Vaaman Dwadashi. Pakistan had bombed the temple on this day on 7th September, 1965 but surprisingly nothing untoward happened. Elderly people remember to have seen an image of the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Krishna in the sky on this day. For this miraculous escape, the Gugali Brahmins hoist flag on the temple on this day. Baldauji’s puja is also performed on this day.|
|23||Ashwin||Shukla (1st ½)||Pratipada||Goddess’ puja in Navratri and Yajna-Havan, etc. takes place in the Ashta Patarani’s temple precincts|
|24||Ashwin||Shukla (1st ½)||Dashami||Dussehra festival is celebrated on this day. Lord Krishna is adorned like an emperor with sword and shield, the procession starts from Ashta Patarani temple.On the way, weapons and a ‘Shami’ tree puja takes place. This festival is organized by the Shardapeeth.|
|25||Ashwin||Shukla (1st ½)||Purnima||The Lord sits in open for watching the full moon. The Sharadotsavaarti takes place. Khirbhog is offered and women perform raas-dance.|
|26||Ashwin||Krishna (2nd ½)||Trayodashi||Dhanteras puja|
|27||Ashwin||Krishna (2nd ½)||Chaturdashi||Roop-Nark Chaturdashi (Morning mangalaaarti at 0530 hrs.)|
|28||Ashwin||Krishna (2nd ½)||Amavasya||Deepavali (During 2030 hrs. to 2100 hrs.,Haatadidarshan is arranged, scene of a market place is created with silver balance, etc. Pujan of the Mahalakshmi Sharadapeeth is done|
Dwarka, as we all know, is one of the four main pilgrim centers, according to Hindu Religion. The four places are identified as “DHAM” viz. Dwarka, Badrinath, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwar.It is also considered as one of the seven “Moksha Puris.”
Dwarka is considered to be more important from Religious point of view particularly because it has dual importance as a “DHAM” and also as a ‘’Moksha Puri.”
Lord Dwarkadheesh is worshiped at Dwarka throughout the year. Many minor festivals are celebrated during the entire year.The prominent festivals, month wise (according to Hindu calendar) are as under:
The first day of the month is the New Year day according to Hindu calendar. The deity is decorated excellently.Annakututsav is performed on this day. In this festival hundreds of varieties of sweet as well as other food items are put before the Lord with a sense of dedication. It is a rare DARSHAN for anybody in their life.
The Second day of the month is BHAI-BIJ Darshan.
The fifth day of the month is LABH PANCHAMI.
Tulsi Vivah is celebrated as a Marriage festival of Lord VISHNU with TULSI. It starts from 11th day of this month and lasts for 4 days. On 15th day of the month it is a day of and on that day the ceremony of Tulsi-Vivah ends.
The sun will change its sign from Sagittarius and will enter into Capricorn on 14th January which is celebrated as Makar Sankranti in the temple. We have a special Darshan on this day. The next festival will come on 14-01-2003.
The 15th day of this month and next day too are celebrated as HOLI and DHULETI.These are festivals of colors. These have a great significance as festivals of Color – Joy and Happiness.
The 3rd day of this month is identified as AKSHAY TRUTIYA. The summer season is considered to begin from this day.The idol of the Lord, from this day onwards, will have flower dress instead of usual dress. CHANDAN DRESS will be the special Darshan of this day.
The 2nd day of this month is celebrated as Rath Yatra day. A small idol of the Lord is put into a chariot as a mark of celebration of the Rath Yatra festival.
The 12th day of this month is celebrated as Vaman Jayanti. Special Darshan is organized to mark the celebration.
Dhan Teras, Roop Chaudas [Kali Chaudas] and Deepotsavi
These festivals have tremendous importance in Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka. Deepotsavi is celebrated as a festival of lights and is also considered as the last day of the Hindu calendar year.
According to Hindu Astrology the Sun travels through “Sagittarius” sign ordinarily during this month. As it is called “Dhanur Rashi”, hence the entire month is celebrated as “Dhanur Mas” at Dwarkadheesh Jagat Mandir.
The fifth day of this month is celebrated in the temple as Vasant Panchmi. There is also a special Darshan and celebration at Jagat Mandir.
The 9th day of the month is celebrated as Rama Navmi. It is the birth festival of Lord Shri Ram. In the afternoon, a special aarti is performed to mark the celebration of Rama Navmi.
11th day of the month is considered as Bhima Akadashi. The deity will not adorn flower dress from this day.
Janmashtami (Krishna Janma-Mahotsav) is the most important festival in Dwarka temple. The birth festival of Lord Krishna is celebrated every year with great zeal, devotion and bhakti. Thousands of pilgrims come on thisday to Dwarka for Darshan of Lord Dwarkadheesh.
The 10th day is celebrated as Dushera – the victory day. Subsequently, a very important celebration and Darshan of Deepavali Festival begins from the 20th day from Dushera.