Krsna conscious devotees follow a spiritual calendar that divides the year into twelve months, each named for a different form of Krsna. The devotees at the Hare Krsna center nearest you will gladly tell you more about the meaning of the festivals listed here.

Month of Madhusudana

(April 15-May 13)

May 7 – Appearance anniversary of Srimati Sita-devi, the consort of Lord Ramacandra. Appearance anniversary of Srimati Jahnava-devi, the consort of Lord Nityananda. Disappearance anniversary of Srila Madhu Pandita, a great devotee of Lord Caitanya.

May 9 – Mohini Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans.

May 11 – Disappearance anniversary of Srila Jayananda Prabhu.

May 12 – Nrsimha Caturdasi, the appearance anniversary of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the half-man, half-lion incarnation. Fasting till dusk, followed by feasting.

May 13 – Appearance anniversary of Srila Madhavendra Puri, the spiritual master of Lord Caitanya's spiritual master. Appearance anniversary of Srila Srinivasa Acarya, one of the principal associates of Lord Caitanya. Disappearance anniversary of Srila Paramesvara Puri, an associate of Lord Caitanya.

Month of Trivikrama

(May 14-June 11)

May 17 – Disappearance anniversary of Sri Ramananda Raya, an intimate associate of Lord Caitanya.

May 23 – Apara Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans.

May 24 – Appearance anniversary of Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura, author of Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata, a famous biography on Lord Caitanya.

June 7 – Disappearance anniversary of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, a famous spiritual master in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya (disciplic succession) and the author of Govinda Bhasya, an important commentary on Vedanta-sutra. Appearance anniversary of Srimati Gangamata Gosvamini, a famous woman spiritual master in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya.

June 8 – Pandava-nirjala Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans.

June 10 – Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami's chipped-rice-and-yogurt festival at Panihati.

June 11 – Snana-yatra, the bathing festival of Lord Jagannatha. Disappearance anniversary of Srila Mukunda Datta and Srila Sridhara Pandita, two great devotees of Lord Caitanya.