Purushottama Month is on – May 16 to June 13, 2018.
We at center are reciting Srimad Bhagwad Gita chapter 15. All are welcome, evening 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm.
According to our almanac every two / three years, one month is added. This is done to harmonize the lunar month (Chandra-maas) with the solar month (Soar-Maas). The inserted month is known as ‘Purusottama’, and is technically called an ‘intercalary month’. This year Purushottama month is being observed fromMay 16 to June 13, 2018.
Purushottam is the most congenial month for the bhakti-sadhana. Even the aparadhas can be pardoned if we do devotional practice in this month.
The Adhishthata of this holiest of all months is Bhagwan Sri Purushottam (Sri Krishna) Himself. So, of all the months, this month is the most favourite of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. The sadhana performed in this month will have manifold result.
Everything has got consciousness in the background, as per the scriptures, the example is given of the sun, which is presided over by the Sun god, the moon which is presided over by the Moon god and Srimati Ganga Devi, who is the presiding Deity of the river Ganga — so similarly this Purushottam month has a presiding deity.
Being depressed due to her seemingly useless existence, the personified deity of this month approached Lord Narayana. This incident is described in the scriptures. She went to Narayana, asking, ‘What offense did I commit? No one is performing any pious activities during my time. Why?’ Lord Narayana directed her towards Lord Krsna: ‘You come with Me, I shall take you to Lord Krsna.’ Upon being approached by her, Lord Krsna responded: ‘I am Purusottama and I can not be comprehended by finite beings of this world. They cannot comprehend Me by their mental comprehension and sense organs as I am beyond these means.
Krsna explained: ‘This additional month is like Me. I cannot be comprehended by the conditioned souls of this world and I am supremely superior to Brahman and Paramatma so I am designated as “Purushottama.” You are identical with Me. You are the holiest month. If anybody observes vrata (vow of austerity) during your time, he can get everything. If as by scriptural injunctions he observes it, it is even more auspicious than Kartik-vrata, the holiest month. So you will be known by the name “Purusottama”.’
Devotees concentrate on worshipping the Supreme Lord by hearing, chanting and remembering the name, form, pastimes and qualities of Sri Krsna day and night for spiritual benefit only. Reasoning correctly that any tendency for material benefit will certainly divert their minds, they observe this vrata by hearing about Krsna, chanting the Maha Mantra and taking prasadam.