Vrindavan Kartik Utsav

A month-long festival in the divine abode of Lord Krishna

Kartik maas is considered to be the most auspicious of all months. It is said in the scriptures that the results of any spiritual or devotional activity performed in this holy month would multiply by a thousand times. Kartik is also known as the month of 'Damodara', as it commemorates the sweet childhood pastime of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna being bound to a mortar by Mother Yashoda. Devotees cherish this lila, as it displays Lord Krishna's infinite affection and love for His beloved devotees. 'Dama' refers to a rope, and 'udara' refers to the belly. As Lord Krishna was bound with a rope by Mother Yashoda, He is also called 'Damodara'. Remembering this pastime, the devotees offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara in the evening and sing a special song - 'Damodarashtakam'. The devotees also perform austerities and take vows like the damodara vrata in this month to make quick advancements in devotional life. Many travel to the holy land of Braj to execute their spiritual vows.

The auspicious month of Kartik is a festive season in Braj. Many festivals like Sharad Purnima, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Gopashtami are celebrated with joy and grandeur in Braj during this month. Devotees from all over the world visit this sacred land to participate in these festivals, please the Supreme Lord through devotional service, and receive His blessings.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will organise the Kartik Utsav, which includes nauka vihar in River Yamuna, shobha yatra, and sankirtan utsav for the pleasure of Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra, the presiding Deities of the temple. This year, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will increase the festive flavours of the Kartik month with new events. The Deities will receive ashtakala aaradhana seva-eight different offerings of dance, song, Vedic chants, and other cultural performances. There will be a vishesha kartik puja performed every evening throughout the month. They will be offered nauka vihar (boat ride) in the newly constructed Chandrodaya Sarovar and continue to enjoy the grand boat ride in River Yamuna, similar to previous years. On the penultimate day of the Kartik month, shobha yatra - a magnificent procession for Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra will be held in the complex.

We invite everyone to take part in the grand festivities of the Kartik month at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

Events for Vrindavan Kartik Utsav 2023


Oct 29, Sun
Antarvedi Nauka Vihar
Oct 30, Sun to Nov 27, Mon
Vishesha Kartik Puja
Nov 14, Tue
Govardhan Puja
Nov 17, Fri
Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day
Nov 19, Sun
Ashta Kala Aradhana (Astavadhana) Seva
Nov 24, Fri
Antarvedi Nauka Vihar
Nov 25, Sat
Bahirvedi Yamuna Nauka Vihar
Nov 26, Sun
Shobha Yatra
Nov 27, Mon
Kartik Purnima

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