Sri Sri Radha Madhava Mandir

 The International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Founder Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Purushottam Mass

18th Sept- 16th Oct 2020

 

What is Purushottam Maas ?

Just as Lord Sri Krishna is known as Purushottama, the supreme among all incarnations, Purushottama maas is the supreme among all months. It is the holiest month because Lord Krishna has placed all His potencies, mercy, blessings in this month. Thus it is a special month and very dear to Lord Krishna.

 

When the full moon occurs twice in a month, i.e. in less than 29 solar days, then the month is divided into 2 and a leap month is added. This leap month is known as Adhika maas or Purushottama maas. Thus this month comes once in 2-3 years. Performing austerities in this month is equal to performing 16 Kartik Vratas and therefore it is a very good time to engage in full devotional service.

 

Glories of Purushottam Maas

There is a beautiful pastime in the Padma Purana as to how Lord Krishna made himself the presiding deity of this month. 

 

Once upon a time, by the arrangement of providence, an extra month came to this world. Everyone took this month to be most inauspicious. Just as one should not touch stool, this month was also seen as untouchable (Mala Mas). It was constantly unprotected and blasphemed, and rejected by everyone as an improper time for any religious and auspicious activities.

Being so rejected by all human beings this extra month became very sad. She came to Vaikuntha to explain her sorrowful situation to the Lord. Seeing Lord Vishnu on His simhasana, she fell down at His lotus feet in a mood of sorrow and grief she prayed to the Lord, “Oh ocean of mercy! I have come to You because I am helpless. I have been rejected and blasphemed by all people of the world. Please protect me; please show me Your mercy. Please don’t be indifferent towards me.”

 

Seeing the pitiable condition of this month, Lord Vishnu said, “Do not lament, I shall give you protection from all of your miseries. It is not proper to lament after taking shelter of My lotus feet.” He then took her to Goloka Vrindavana, where Lord Sri Krishna resides, to ask for remedy.

Being so rejected by all human beings this extra month became very sad. She came to Vaikuntha to explain her sorrowful situation to the Lord. Seeing Lord Vishnu on His simhasana, she fell down at His lotus feet in a mood of sorrow and grief she prayed to the Lord, “Oh ocean of mercy! I have come to You because I am helpless. I have been rejected and blasphemed by all people of the world. Please protect me; please show me Your mercy. Please don’t be indifferent towards me.”

 

Seeing the pitiable condition of this month, Lord Vishnu said, “Do not lament, I shall give you protection from all of your miseries. It is not proper to lament after taking shelter of My lotus feet.” He then took her to Goloka Vrindavana, where Lord Sri Krishna resides, to ask for remedy.

Lord Vishnu explained the situation of Mala Masa to Sri Krishna. Lord Krishna said, O Lord Vishnu, as you have given protection to this month, I will also give all protection. I shall make this poor extra month just like Me in quality, fame, opulence, realization, success, and in giving benediction to the devotees. This month will become equally potent to Me. I am bestowing all of My divine qualities in this abused month. Named after Me, this month will be famous as Purushottama Month in this world.

“Oh Janardana, now that she has imbued My qualities, I Myself will become the husband and protector of this Purushottama month. And being equal to Me, this month will be the master of all other months. Now this month will become worshipable by one and all. Everyone should pay their obeisances to her, everyone should worship her. This month is equally as powerful as Me to give any type of benediction to its observer. The worshiper of this month will be able to burn all past sinful reactions to ashes, and after enjoying a blissful life in the material realm, he will return back to Godhead. On the other hand, if a person who fully engages in sense gratification and does not give any special importance to this sacred month becomes the best candidate for hell.

Lord Sri Krishna continued, “My Goloka is unattainable to the performers of austerities, mahatmas engaged in pious activities, to people who maintain celibacy, or to those who fast their whole life’s duration. But a fortunate person who follows My instructions and observes this Purushottama month properly, and in a faithful way worships Me will return back to Goloka Dhama and never come back to this temporary miserable world again.”

 

What to do in Purushottam Maas?

Everyone should perform some extra devotional service in this Purushottama month by:​

  • Worshipping Lord Krishna by chanting His Holy Names.
  • Studying Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita, particularly Chapter 15- Purushottama Yoga.
  • Giving in charity.
  • Offering ghee lamp daily.
 

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