The holiest month of Kartik or Damodar is from October 29th -November 26th this year. It is a great opportunity, for new and seasoned bhakti practitioners alike, to dive a little deeper into their spiritual practices. As per Vedic texts, any devotional activity done during this month has its benefits multiplied a thousand-fold.
During this month we offer special prayers to Lord Krishna in the form of Damodar where he is bound by his mother's love. During this month we recite special prayers known as the Damodarastakam. The lyrics and English translation of the Damodarastakam prayers can be found here: https://www.krishna.com/damodarastakam Traditionally lamps are offered while singing these prayers, devotees are encouraged to take up this practice daily in their homes as well. The procedure for offering lamps is available in the diagram below. Devotees can also host home programs to share this divine experience with their friends, families, and coworkers. If you are interested in hosting one please visit the temple on a Sunday and speak to Dhira Nitai prabhu. Several festivals also fall within this auspicious month including the Appearance of Radha Kunda, Diwali, Govardhana Puja, and the disappearance anniversary of Srila Prabhupada. See the attached poster for details of the special Sunday programs at ISKCON Scarborough during this month. Please join us every Sunday from 10:30am-12:30pm.