Why we're switching to Mayapura Vaishnava Calendar dates
Our year is filled with holidays honoring the advent and passing of saints and avatars of Krishna. Janmashtami, for example, is Krishna's appearance day, celebrated on a grand scale at every temple. Vaishnava calendar dates vary from year to year and by location because they are based on the lunar calendar.
Here at Krishna.com we display the major holy days according to the dates and times for Mayapur, India, where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared. So, for example, when it's Janmashtami in Mayapur, that's the date we'll list on our Krishna.com calendar page.
Krishna.com's home offices are located in the sleepy town of Alachua, Florida, U.S.A. But Srila Prabhupada considered Mayapur the spiritual home of the Krishna consciousness movement, and the spiritual capital of the world. This is because Mayapur - a sleepy town in West Bengal, India - is where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began the great spiritual sankirtan movement for delivering the world by spreading the chanting of Krishna's names. Since Krishna.com is trying to serve the online world – and since so many of our visitors are in India - we thought it made a certain kind of sense that the calendar dates we provide should reflect that spiritual sense of "home" by being Mayapur-centric.
All items in our calendar are links that lead to more information about that entry. So if you're not sure what Janmashtami is, click on it. You'll get to a page that will explain all about that holy day.