'Raasa-Utsava' has been derived from 'Raasa leela' of ShriKrishna; is being
celebrated by Nilachala Saraswata Sangha, Puri on auspicious month of 'Kartik' in the
Hindu calendar. The 'Raasa Purnima' which is named by 'Raasa leela' of ShriKrishna comes
in month of Sarat, a month before Kartik.
Nilachala Saraswata Sangha, Puri, President and Parichalak (Adminster), Shri Shyam
Sunder Dash, approved 'America Saraswata Pathachakra' as 'America Saraswata Sangha' in
Sept 2003. The first session of the Sangha was held on the day of Pousa Purnima of
lunar calander (7th day of January) in year 2004.
Pousa Purnima is celebrated as the Annual Day of America Saraswata Sangha.
'Akshaya Trutiya' is the combination of two words
Akshaya and Trutiya. Akshaya means imperishable and never diminishes. Trutiya means the third day
of waxing moon in the lunar calendar.
Per Hindu religion this day marks the beginning of the 'Satya Yuga:' the first of the
four Yugas when the age when truth and honesty was truly existing and prevailing in society.
Janmostava, the birthday of Shri Shri Thakura, coincides with Hindu festival
Rakshya Bandhan. On this day of the Lunar calendar, Shri Shri Thakura was born to a virtuous brahmin
couple at Kutabpur in Nadia district (now in Bangladesh). Nilachala Saraswata Sangha,
Puri, along with its branches, Asana Mandiras, and all devotees at their home,
celebrate this auspicious day as grand festival.