Variation of Dates

Question: Variation of Dates

Forgive my lack of knowledge or understanding. You wrote on the 14th of August 2009, that day is Srila Prabhupada's day of appearance into this world. But in 2008 you wrote the same thing, on the 24th of August. I am confused. Does this day refers to his birthday into this material world or some other event in his life? I mean, how can we say one year that Srila Prabhupada was born in this world on one day and while in the next year it is on a different day?

Answer: No Variation on the Vaisnava Calendar

The Vaisnava calendar is based primarily on the phases of the moon, not primarily on the rotations of the sun as the solar calendar is based. We Vaisnavas celebrate the appearance days of the Lord and the great spiritual masters according to the Vaisnava calendar. While on the solar calendar the holy days will usually vary from year to year, on the Vaisnava calendar the holy days occur on the same day every year.

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