Gaura Purnima, Nrsimha caturdasi
Gaura-purnima is a Vaisnava festival that occurs in March celebrating the birth of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (1486-1534) Gaura Purnima means "Golden Full Moon", a reference to Chaitanya. His followers spend this festival fasting and chanting congregationally, then at moonrise a feast is enjoyed by all. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Radha and Krishna combined.
On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord in the temple room. The devotees present dramas and classes about Lord Chaitanya’s activities. The Deities of Gaura-Nitai receive new clothes, and the devotees engage in extra kirtan.
Nrsimha Caturdasi is celebrated on fourteenth day on the second half of Vaisakha (Madhusudana). This holiday celebrates the advent of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the fiercest incarnation of Krsna. Lord Nrsimhadeva came on earth to protect his devotee, Prahlad Maharaja, from the evil and atheistic clutches of his father, Hiranyakasipu. Devotees usually celebrate this day by reading Nrsimha lila found in the seventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Other ways devotees celebrate this day is by chanting the Nrsimha kavaca mantra (Om Hrim Pram Ksraum) one hundred eight times. In addition, devotees perform a complete fast until sunset.