Following are the instructions that must be followed by the disciples of HH Siddharth Swami Maharaj :

Ekadasi Fasting

On Ekadasi day, the food made out of grains and beans shall not be consumed. The ekadasi prasadam made out of sama rice, tapioca, sabudana, fruits etc. ‘Fasting salt’ shall be used instead of commonly used packed & powdered salt available in the market. Haldi powder ( turmeric powder), hing (asafoetida) and muster seeds shall not be used for preparing ekadasi prasadam.

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi fasting starts from previous day sunset to next day (Dwadasi) fast breaking time. If someone has failed to observe other ekadasi fasting knowingly or unknowingly, by observing Pandava Nirjala ekadasi they will get benefit of observing all ekadasis of a year. However, Maharaj recommends Pandava Nirjala ekadasi for everyone. He himself observes it even at this old age.

On Ekadasi day, minimum 25 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra chanting must be done as recommended by Srila Prabhupad. But those who are very busy with devotional activities like cooking for Lord, book distribution etc. The Lord’s altar shall be cleaned on previous day of Ekadasi. Sikshashtakam or Shadgoswami ashtakam must be recited on Ekadasi day. Maharaj advises to read Prabhupad Lilamrut because Srila Prabhupad used to talk about his guru maharaj His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhantha Saraswati Maharaj on ekadasi days. Tulsi arati shall be conducted on Ekadasi day by house holder devotees even if not done on other days. On Ekadasi day, travelling shall be restricted to minimum required and sleeping during day is not permitted.

Ram Navami

On Ram Navami day, nirjala fasting is to be done till Noon followed by normal grain prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

On Sri Krishna Janmashtami day, nirjala fasting is to be done till midnight followed by Ekadasi prasdam Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Radhashtami – Appearance day of Srimati RadhaRani

On Radhashtami day, nirjala fasting is to be done till noon followed by normal prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Chaturmasya fasting

During Chaturmasya (literally “four months” ) , a vrata or vow is traditionally observed for the four lunar months of Sravana, Bhadra, Asvina, and Kartika—approximately July/August through October/November. Please refer ISKCON calendar for exact dates. In the month of Sravana one should not eat spinach, in the month of Bhadra one should not eat yogurt, and in the month of Asvina one should not drink milk, in the month of Kartika one should not eat urad dhal items like Dosa, idli etc. Guru Maharaj advises to follow this vrata unless there is any health related difficutly to follow it.

Bhishma Panchaka

Bhishma Panchaka ( eating only roots and fruits for the last five days of kartika masa) is beneficial if followed, but not mandatory. It is up to individual whether to observe it or not. Maharaj gives weightage for full spirit preaching rather than observing this.

Narasimha Chaturdasi

On the appearance day of Lord Narasimha, nirjala fasting is to be done till Sunset followed by Ekadasi prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Goura Purnima- Appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

On the appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, nirjala fasting is to be done till moon rise followed by Ekadasi prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required. On this day, one should do keertans and read Chaitanya Charitamruta.

Balaram Jayanti

On the appearance day of Lord Balarama, nirjala fasting is to be done till noon followed by normal grain prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Nityananda Trayodasi

On the appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu, nirjala fasting is to be done till noon followed by normal grain prasadam. Those who face difficulty on observing nirjala fasting, can drink water and have fruits if really required.

Guru Appearance days

On appearance day of one’s own Guru up to Srila Jagannath Das Babaji, nirjala fasting till noon followed by normal grain prasadam must be observed.

OTHER GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Donot Use Peacock Feather

Do not use peacock feather for Arati during the winter season ( from Sharath Purnima day to Sivaratri , approx. From mid October to End February ). But in hot regions/countries, this is not applicable.

2. When a child is born in the family

For one week of the child birth or till the naval cord of the child drops off, the initiated mother of the new born child and the child should restrict visiting temples, doing aarati in the home altar, doing abhisheka on deities or close association with deities. The initiated father shall restrict visiting temples during the restriction period and shall avoid close association with the child if he wants to continue to do arati etc. and may do so after taking bath and wearing new dress. The Non-initiated mother shall not visit temples and shall not do aarati etc. for 21 days. For father, restriction period is 21 days and shall avoid close association with the child if he wants to continue to do arati etc. and may do so after taking bath and wearing new dress. If the child is born to other relatives who are initiated or non-initiated staying in different house, no restriction is applicable for the affected devotee unless the devotee closely associate with the child. If the relative’s child is in the same house of the devotee, try not to closely associate with the child for 7 days and take bath and wear new dress before performing puja/aarati at home alter.

3. In case of death of a relative who is initiated

The ‘Relative’ referred here is the relative from the father’s side or mother’s side. If the initiated devotee is a pujari in a temple, after his attendance of the funeral ceremony, shaving the head and wearing the new sacred thread he can continue to do deity puja. Here the relaxation is given because both the devotee and the dead devotee are initiated which means they are of same gotram namely Achyuta gotram. Same as above for house holder devotee as well

4. In case of death of a relative who was not initiated regardless that he/she was doing mahamantra japa or not

If the affected devotee attends funeral, he should do not do puja at the temple or at home alter for 36 hours. If the devotee did not attend funeral, there is no any restriction.