Week Ahead 7-13 July 2023

Dear Friends

Purushottama Maas
Starts Monday 17 July – Ends Wednesday 16 August

Purushottama Adhik Maas or the auspicious month of Purushottama comes every two, sometimes three years. It is a special month and very dear to Krishna. It is equal to performing 16 Kartik Vratas and therefore it is a perfect time to engage in full devotional service.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur writes, “Sri Krishna Himself has ascertained that this month, Purushottam, is the best of all. It is even superior to the greatly pious months of Kartik, Maag and Vaishakha. This month, you should especially perform worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. You will thereby attain all types of perfection.”

One should perform service in the Purushottam month with all of one’s endeavours. Such service in this month is superior to all types of devotional practice, and fulfils all varieties of desires. The Lord of Vraja, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, is the sovereign of this month; therefore the Purushottam month is dear to every devotee.

Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Special Purushottama Maas Offerings
A. Puja for Gurus
B. Puja for Lord Caitanya
C. Puja for Sri Sri Radha Radhanath
D. Mangal Arati (4:30am)
E. Shringar Arati (7:00am)
F. Pushpa Arati (8:00am)
G. Raj Bhoga Arati (12:30pm)
H. Utthapan Arati (4:15pm)
I. Sandhya Arati (7:00pm)
J. Shayan Arati (9:00pm)

How to Book
WhatsApp Ishara on 063 297 4398 with your preferred date, puja/arati option and your name. e.g. 17/07/A for Krishna Das.
All pujas and aratis are R108 each. Note this is only valid during Purushottama Maas.

Bhaktivedanta College Courses
Bhakti Sadacara
(Bhakti Philosophy & Practice)
Twenty 1.5-hour lessons
The course fee is R150, payable on the 1st session. You require the book, Science of Self Realization.
Starts: Monday • 10 July • 6:30pm-8:00pm
Venue: College Room at the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple
Facilitator: Lilavatar Gaura Das 084 410 6769
Starts: Saturday • 15 July • 4:00pm-6:00pm
Facilitator: Madhava Das 074 601 0061

Sri Isopanisad Overview
Two 2-hour sessions
Saturdays • 8 & 15 July • 2:00pm-4:00pm
Venue: Srila Prabhupada’s Room at the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple
The course fee is R30-00, payable on the day. You require the book, Sri Isopanisad.
Facilitator: Raghunath Bhatta Das 082 614 0335

Nectar of Devotion Overview
Three 2-hour sessions
Saturdays • 15, 22 & 29 July • 1:00pm-3:00pm
Venue: College Room at the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple
The course fee is R50-00, payable on the day. You require the book, Nectar of Devotion.
Facilitator: Radhika Sundari Dasi 083 611 5194

You can message the course facilitators directly or register here.

Volunteer with Purpose @Sri Krishna Janmashtami
The Janmashtami festival is planned to be even more vibrant with new features this year. Planning is well underway and we look forward to your assistance in whichever area you can serve. The success of the festival is dependent on funds. You can help us fund-raise! We appeal to you to help us raise funds to make this Janmashtami unforgettable. Assistance can be as simple and effortless as sharing the info on your social media statuses.
Sign up to offer your assistance here or WhatsApp 065 549 5690.

ISKCON Durban is #1 in Africa for book distribution during the month of May. We congratulate all the devotees who helped us achieve this.

Bhakti Theatre
Saturday 15 July @4pm

4:00pm Kirtan with Kanhaiya
4:20pm My Old Friend – The Musical
4:45pm Contemporary Bhakti Music with Shyam Hasti
5:05pm The Divine Song – Movement Drama
Tickets are R50 and available at Radhanath’s Gifts. Under 6 enter free. Tickets will also be at the door. Bring your cushions and blankets to keep you warm on the chilly winter evening.
Bhakti Theatre Cafe Menu
Soya-mayo Rolls, Hot Chips, Popcorn, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Water, Appletiser, and Milk Tart

Go To Goloka Campaign
“If on the full moon day of the month of Bhādra, one places Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination.” Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.13

Bhadra Purnima is on the 29th of September this year and in anticipation of this glorious occasion, we invite you to the launch of the Go to Goloka campaign where we will share tips on how to distribute a Srimad Bhagavatam set as well as our Bhadra Purnima offerings from the Sankirtan Office at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple. We will also hear from our senior devotees on the glories of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the spiritual benefit one will have when they receive and read the Srimad Bhagavatam. Please register here before 13 July.

Week Ahead

Saturday 8 July
Transcendental Diaries Class @7:30am

By His Grace Krishna Caitanya Das

Westville Nama-hatta @3pm
The Glories of Purushottama Month

By Her Grace Sarvanga Sundari Devi Dasi
Venue: UKZN Westville Hindu Centre
RSVP via WhatsApp Gaura Premi Devi Dasi 084 623 9164

New Jagannath Puri Winter Festival @5pm
With His Holiness Partha Sarathi Das Goswami

Sunday 9 July
Srimad Bhagavatam Class @7:30am

By Her Grace Ranga Devi Dasi

Love Feast @11am
Mantra Mechanics: Part 2 – Kirtan

with His Grace Raghunath Bhatta Das

Monday 10 July
Unit 7, Chatsworth Nama-hatta @7pm

Bhagavad Gita Class
Venue: Shantik Foundation, corner of roads 741 & 742
Inquiries: Alanath Das 083 775 2760

Tuesday 11 July
The incorporation of ISKCON in New York

Wednesday 12 July
Hillary Nama-hatta @7pm

Venue: 38 4th Street, Hillary
Inquiries: Alanath Das 083 775 2760

Thursday 13 July
– Fast from all grains, beans & legumes

Friday 14 July
Ekadasi Break Fast: 06:50 – 10:18


Govinda’s Restaurant & Radhanath’s Gifts
Monday – Saturday 9:30am-4pm
Sundays & Public Holidays 9:30am-3pm
Note: Govinda’s is now open on Wednesdays. The Temple Receptionist will assist you at Radhanath’s Gifts on Wednesdays.

How to Connect to the Temple?
031 403 3328 • temple@iskcondurban.net • iskcondurban.net