Sri Rama Navami
The Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Sri Rama, appearing as the son of His pure devotee Maharaja Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. Lord Rama descended along with His plenary portions, and all of them appeared as His younger brothers.
The agamas or the Vedic literatures which describe the process of Deity worship in a temple recommend performance of Brahmotsava - a festival to commemorate the divine appearance of the Deities of that temple.
Akshaya Tritiya is considered the most auspicious day in the vedic calendar. It falls on the third of the bright half of Vaishakh, and is considered a sacred day. It is a day bereft of all inauspiciousness. So even checking muhurthas is considered unnecessary.
This is the appearance day of Lord Narasimha Dev the half man half lion incarnation of Lord Krishna. The Lord appeared in this wonderful form in order to protect his five-year old devotee Prahalada, from the atrocities of his demonic father Hiranyakashipu.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India especially in North India. Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion. From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him.
Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, following the order of Nityananda Prabhu, observed a festival in Panihati village, by distributing chipped rice mixed with yogurt. This came to be known as Panihati Chida-dahi festival.
This is the festival commemorating the pastime in which the residents of Vrindavana take Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra from Kurukshetra to Vrindavana on chariots and is celebrated in Jagannatha Puri in all grandure. Srila Prabhupada conducted the Ratha Yatra festival or the festival of chariots all over the world.
Sri Garuda Panchami
This puja is specially dedicated for Sri Garudalwar. This puja is generally done by women for the betterment of their children. ISKCON Bangalore celebrates Garuda Panchami with a grand abhisheka to Sri Garuda deva.
This is the appearance day of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Lord Sri Krishna. He is the original spiritual master, and devotees offer special prayers to Lord Balarama on this day to receive spiritual strength from Him.
In the holy town of Vrindavana, the festival of Jhulan Utsava lasts for 13 days. It starts on the third day (tritiya) of the bright fortnight of shravana (July-Aug) and lasts until the full moon night of the month. During this festival the Radha-Krishna Deities in the temples are gently swayed on a swing.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Sri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated with much pomp and grandeur as several thousands of people thronged the Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple at ISKCON Bangalore on Sunday. The temple complex was brilliantly decked up for one of the largest and the most grand, 2-day celebrations symbolizing Lord Krishna’s appearance.
Sri Vyasadeva is the original spiritual master. The bonafide Guru, spiritual master, is the representative of Srila Vyasadeva. Hence the appearance day of the guru is called Vyasa Puja. Srila A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the bonafide spiritual master in ISKCON. Vyasa Puja is celebrated on Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day.
Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna. She appeared on the eighth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra (August – September) fifteen days after the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. She was found in a field by Maharaja Vrushabhanu, who along with his wife Kirtida Sundari, became her foster parents.
Lord Vamanadeva appeared as the son of Kashyapa and Aditi. Lord Vamanadeva appeared in this world from the womb of Aditi completely equipped with conch shell, disc, club and lotus. His bodily hue was blackish, and He was dressed in yellow garments. Lord Vishnu appeared at an auspicious moment on Sravana-dvadashi when the Abhijit star had arisen. After His appearance, the Lord assumed the form of a dwarf (Vamana).
Devotees offer ghee lamps to Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra during the auspicious month of Karthika. Thousands join to celebrate the spiritually enlivening month-long Deepotsava festival to the accompaniment of soul-stirring devotional music.
This festival is celebrated to commemorate the pastime of the Lord lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains sent by Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens.
A major festival of South India, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. The Vaikuntha Dwara (gate) of all Vishnu temples is opened on this day. Thousands of devotees pass through this gate to get the special mercy of Lord Srinivasa Govinda. Lord Srinivasa Govinda receives a gorgeous bathing ceremony and special alankara on this day with sparkling jewels.
Lord Krishna appeared in Navadvipa as Lord Chaitanya, and Balarama appeared with Him as Lord Nityananda. Nityananda Prabhu is the original Sankarshana and His expansions as the purushas in the universes are plenary expansions of Nityananda Prabhu.
Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the great apostle of love of God and the father of the congregational chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord, advented Himself at Sridhama Mayapura, a quarter in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal, on the Phalguni Poornima evening in the year 1407 Sakabda (corresponding to February 1486 by the Christian calendar).
The scriptures related to Deity worship say that once in twelve years, the Jeernodharana Kumbhabhisheka should be performed which is the main grand abhisheka offered to the moola vigrahas.