Sri Nityananda Trayodashi is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appeared in Navadvipa, West Bengal as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish Sankirtana Movement (Congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord, the Yuga-dharma for this age). To help the Supreme Lord in His mission, Lord Balarama appeared as Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He assisted Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by spreading the holy name of the Lord throughout Bengal.
Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the village of Ekachakra, in the district of Birbhum (West Bengal) as the son of Padmavati and Hadai Pandita in the year 1474 AD. He was born on the thirteenth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Magha (Magha Shukla Trayodashi). Even today pilgrims visit the place of birth of Lord Nityananda in Ekachakra. This temple is called Garbhavasa. The parents of Lord Nityananda hailed from a family of pious Brahmins, originally from Mithila.
At ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad, Lord Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s appearance day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm every year at ISKCON Hubli-Dharwad.
The festival starts in the evening around 6pm with Narasimha Kirtan followed by Tulasi arati. Gaura-Nitai deities are then mounted on a pallaki and taken on a stroll through the temple gardens.
A grand abhishekam follows the Pallakki Utsav, with the blowing of auspicious conchshell. The Maha-Abhishekam is followed by Pravachan. The next item of the day’s program is an elaborate arati to the deities.
All the devotees who assemble to celebrate this auspicious occasion of Lord Nityananda’s appearance are served with sumptuous prasadam.
This year we are celebrating Sri Nityananda Trayodashi on Thursday, 22nd February 2024.