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Since Lord Jagannatha was very merciful toward all living entities, accompanied by His elder brother Balarama and His Beautiful sister Subhadra Devi, TheyÂ overflooded Bantulâ€™s citizens with the waves of transcendental blissÂ on the cityâ€™s 183rdÂ anniversary on a cultures parade. Lord Jagannatha on ratha (chariot) went around Bantul city started from Trirenggo field to Bantul government building square on the 20th July 2014.
Jul 26 2014 ISKCON Boston Hosts Interfaith “Field Trip”
Dr. Catherine Cornille, Chair of the Department of Theology and Professor of Comparative Theology in Boston College, and author of numerous books on inter-religious dialogue, phoned ISKCON Boston with a request: Could she bring a large group of theologians to the temple on a site visit to experience a non-Western religious tradition? The answer was a strong "Yes!" The devotees were also thrilled to know that Prof. Diana L. Eck, a long-time friend of ISKCON and co-director of the conference, would be among the visiting scholars. Dr. Eck is a leading scholar specializing in religious diversity and inter-faith relations, serves as Professor of Comparative Religions at Harvard University, and is author of several texts exploring India and its bhakti traditions.
Jul 23 2014 Thirteenth Padyatra Winds through Slovenia
We just successfuly completed this year's padayatra. It was our thirteenth. It lasted eighteen blissful days: chanting, dancing, feasting, and serving all the time. Full samadhi! We distributed the holy names, prasada cookies, and books. About thirty participated full time, and the highest peak of devotees was fifty-seven. People in general appreciated the padayatra very much.
Nearly 6500 students from 115 schools participated in the 1st round in their respective schools. Students from each school were divided into 2 groups, class 7th to 9th, and class 10th to 12th. In each group the three best students were selected. These students along with their parents were invited to stay in Mayapur and receive the golden opportunity to have darshan of their Lordships Sri Sri RadhaMadhava, Lord Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Pancha-tattva, and Srila Prabhupada.
As the world commemorated Mandela Day by honouring the former statesman on Friday, 18 July 2014, the devotees and maintenance staff at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban, South Africa offered their contribution in the form of prayer, a conservation program and food distribution.
Jul 20 2014 Detroit Ratha Yatra 2014
On Saturday, the roads near Novi's civic center and public library became a 2Â½-mile parade route for the divinities Lord Jagannath (Krishna), his brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra. The celebration in Novi is a scaled-down version of what took place in India at the end of June. Three chariots, each four times as high as the one in Novi, are pulled through the streets with close to a million attendees watching. Each deity gets its own chariot.
Jul 18 2014 Krishna Consciousness in Iceland
I live in hot and humid Houston, Texas, a world away from Iceland, the unique North Atlantic island nation born entirely from thousands of volcanic eruptions. Despite attempts by devotees to preach there over the years, Iceland is one of the last Krishna conscious frontiers in the Western world, with no established temple or preaching center. Earlier this year, however, I discovered that Iceland has not at all been forgotten by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya.
Jul 15 2014 Ojai Ratha 2014 Hanuman Flag Broughaha
Thank you to all of the wonderful devotees who helped make the Ojai Rathayatra a wonderful event! Despite the searing heat of 96 degrees we had a great turnout and a wonderful response from the community for the free feast at Sarazottie Park at the end.
Local food production was, of course, a major goal for New Vrindabanâ€™s founder Srila Prabhupada, and was emphasized in the community from its inception in 1968 until 1979. But in the 1980s and â€˜90s it began to taper off and then all but disappeared, until a smaller scale of farming was re-introduced in 1998 by the Small Farm Training Center.
More than six hundred people from local communities and sixty visitors from other states in Malaysia and other countries such as England and India joined this festival to be fully absorbed in devotion for the sweet Lord. After the official declaration ceremony, the program for the evening featured variety of performances including 1 Malaysia dance performance by Ministry of Social Development and special performances on the Past Times of Lord Krishna by ISKCON children and youths.
The crowd gathered at the beginning of the procession continues to be quite large and impressive. There was a group of thousands that accompanied the Rath from the Railway station, through Sayajiganj, in front of the Maharaja Sayajirao University campus, to the Kala Ghoda ("black horse") Circle, near the Sayaji Bagh (public garden, named after locally famous Maharaja (King) Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III - who lived from 1863-1939)
Jul 1 2014 New York City Hari Nam Report
Ramaraya Prabhu has been valiantly singing the Holy Names of Krishna in Union Square Park for the last 2 and half years and has built up a team of steady team of devotees to help, so that we regularly have Hari Nam parties of 25 or more, every single day, without fail on the streets of New York City. When he began this yajna, things were not so easy; already in his mid-fifties, he started this with only a few devotees and had no financial support or even a place to stay. Today they stay in a brand new ISKCON Hari Nam Ashram, just 30 minutes from the center city and boast a team of 18 steady Hari Nam Warriors.
The grand yatra was about half a kilometre long and had many varieties â€“musical bands, special group of mridanga players artistically playing devotional songs, children in Vrindavan attire riding on horse and bullock carts, depiction of Lordâ€™s different incarnations, dozens of ladies carrying lamps, kirtan party in front of each chariots and devotees happily swaying to the tune of Hare Krishna mantra.
Jun 28 2014 Bonfire Kirtanâ€¦ a humble effort
We have been fortunate at Murari â€˜s Kirtan Valley to have the opportunity, through kirtan, to make friendship with many spiritually oriented people from the Nashville area. This unique event, the idea to appeal to our western born countrymen, was, even for our first of many bonfire kirtans, a great success. We were visited by no less than 40 guests throughout the day.
Jun 28 2014 Ecstatic outing with Sri Gaura Nitai
The 400 plus devotees bore an incredulous look on their faces when the deities of were taken into the holy waters of Cauvery, wondering if the deities were really enjoying all the splashing around. But the devotees, once they entered the waters, certainly had a swell time like young enthusiastic kids gone wild.
Jakarnaval themed Miracle Mask archipelago in commemoration of the 487th anniversary of Jakarta City was done on 22 June 2014. The carnival was followed by many departments under Jakartaâ€™s government with their flower decorated car participated in the carnival. The committee also gave chance to the groups of culture to join the carnival. This great chance was taken by the devotees in Jakarta and surrounding to implement the mission of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu in speading the holy name.
Not since the Festival of Colors have we seen anything quite this, well, colorful: on Saturday, the 39th annual Parade of Chariots brought thousands of Hare Krishna devotees â€” and three giant chariots â€” into the streets of Fifth Avenue for a parade that ended with a jamboree in Washington Square Park.
Jun 26 2014 Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: Rising Moon
On the glorious and auspicious hundredth anniversary of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, this brand new video about the TOVP project, which was so dear to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has been released. Many of our prominent leaders in ISKCON have spoken very well to encourage participation from all members of ISKCON society. This video was produced by a young devotee, resident of Sridham Mayapur, as a seva for the new Sri Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir. Congratulations to all the devotees who have dedicated themselves to this glorious project, that will for sure establish Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as the Yuga Avatar for delivering people in Kali Yuga.
Jun 24 2014 We Are Their Good Fortune!
Once on a morning walk in St James' Park in London (1972/3) after passing a hippy sleeping on a park bench, Srila Prabhupada said "By good fortune they can all come to Krsna Consciousness" Wishing to understand further what His Divine Grace meant by 'good fortune' I said: "Srila Prabhupada, we understand from your books and teachings that nothing happens by chance, can you please explain what you mean by 'good fortune' After walking on for about a minute, all of a sudden Srila Prabhupada stopped, turned and looked me directly in the face, and stated firmly: "We are their good fortune"
Navsari, one of the oldest cities of Gujarat, has an inspiring history of over 2000 years. According to the Greek historical writings, a celebrated Egyptian astronomer and geographer named Ptolemy mentioned Navsari's port in his book written about 150 A.D. The geographic location he showed as Narispa, is in fact the Navsari of today.
On Sunday 15 June, London's most famous landmarks were brought to life in a dazzling display of sound, music and colour, as thousands of devotees from across the country came to the streets of London's West End to celebrate the 46th annual Rathayatra festival. Three beautifully decorated Rathayatra chariots carrying Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra, deities from ISKCON London's Soho Street temple, began their journey in Hyde Park and were pulled by hand to greet a huge gathering of devotees, visitors and tourists in the city's iconic Trafalgar Square.
More than 1100 of us arrived here by buses, cars and vans to join Sri Gaura Nitai on an ecstatic picnic. Young and old joined in the Panihatti Festival celebrations. There was a grand abhisekam of the deities and nonstop kirtan.
Jun 17 2014 I am going to get run over by Lord Jagannath!
When the idea of going to the NY Ratha Yatra was brought up in an email by a devotee from my local temple it was met with the realization that I really had no expectation of ever being able to attend it. It appeared to be a logistically impossible endeavor as all sorts of various factors seemed to get in the way of going. Just getting to the temple in the morning to catch the bus was a problem considering the fact that my husband and I have only one working car at the moment.
Snana yatra is a special bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannatha which takes place on the day of the full moon during the Jyestha month, normally coinciding with the month of June. It commemorates the appearance day of Lord Jagannatha. It is recorded in the Skanda Purana that when King Indradyumna installed Lord Jagannatha, he commissioned this bathing ceremony. The Snana Yathra bathing ceremony was celebrated with great enthusiasm at ISKCON Malaysia â€˜s headquarters, Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Taman Yarl, Kuala Lumpur on 13 June 2014
Jun 16 2014 Daytona Ratha-yatra: 2014
The 6th annual Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra festival on May 24, 2014 began with an opening ceremony at the Holiday Inn. Dedicated devotees led a kirtan for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi. The kirtan was followed by speeches from Tammohara Prabhu, the GBC for Alachua, Florida, as well as the Vice-mayor of Daytona Beach, Patrick Henry, in appreciation of the significance of the Ratha-yatra festival and the devotees who take part in it.
Thousands of people lined the streets of the West End to attend London's "Festival of Chariots". The vibrant procession featured three huge, brightly coloured wooden carts being pulled by hand along the route from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square.
The ceremony was enhanced by a few stunning presentations including a slide show of their high school years in pictures; an amazing debut solo performance by Nandarani Dasi on the sitar; and a multi-media presentation consisting of a song composed and sung by Gourangi Gandharvika, Ananga Gopi and Shevaanni, accompanied by Shevaanni on guitar. All this was perfectly synchronised with their own custom-made video which left everyone with tears in their eyes.
Jun 7 2014 Sadhu Sanga Retreat of 2014 - A Report
During the last Memorial Day Weekend, a spiritual hurricane of international proportions washed Boone, North Carolina with transcendental waves of ecstasy, flooding its rooms and halls with spiritual sound and waterlogging its residents in pools of Vaishnava association. In its wake, this transcendental storm, left thousands of souls stranded in the material world, bereft and yearning for a repeat of those wonderful three days of flash flooding, straight from the spiritual sky.
Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple said: The Com.unity choir are a fantastic example of diversity in practice and a true testament of the power of music to unite people - it is very fitting that they have chosen to perform the music of George Harrison, which united the world through his messages of love and faith.
In Rome the rain started early in the morning, but at 16:50, as soon Lord Jagannatha took His place on the cart the rain stopped and during all the festival, from 17:00 to 20:30 there was no rain, the sky had a beautiful blue color and the sun came out. Thousands of devotees, friends and general people enjoyed the blissful atmosphere that for 3 hours inundated the center of Rome. I have never seen devotees so happy in my life!
May 31 2014 2014 Clearwater Beach Rathayatra
The Fifth Annual Clearwater Beach Rathayatra took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 and by the mercy of Lord Jagannatha and his faithful devotees, it turned out to be a festival that truly celebrated the Lordâ€™s appearance in Clearwater Beach and the preaching of His glories. The forecast was for cloudy skies and rain until 12 noon, but when the bus full of devotees arrived at that time, the rain continued to drizzle and dishearten the devotees. Would there be Rathayatra? Would Lord Jagannatha make the sun appear right at 1 pm when the procession was to begin?
Yesterday, Jasomatinandan Prabhu, myself, ISKCON Ahmedabad Vice President Vishnunam Prabhu, and ISKCON Baroda Vice President Nityananda Ram Das, paid a congratulatory visit to new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, to wish her well on assuming the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat. Over the past 13 or so years, Anandiben has visited ISKCON Ahmedabad (she is from North Gujarat, as is India's new Prime Minister, our former Chief Minister, Narendra Modi) at least 10 times!
It was hard to imagine that this was the once the site of the one-story wooden Baptist Church and two adjoining wooden buildings on 1.2 acres when the leader of the then small group of devotees, Tamal Krishna Goswami purchased it in 1984 for the flock to move to from its facility on Rosalie street. At a Diwali celebration held in 1990, the site was overwhelmed by the nearly 3,000 people who attended, including then rookie Houston City Councilwoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Accompanied by various dignitaries, senior devotees and guests, during the whole processions Lord Jagannath's Chariot was pulled by ropes of devotional love and sweeping tracks whisk before it is considered a very confidential service to God. Simultaneously, the Chariot procession distributed simply wonderful sweets, fruit and flower garlands - whoever caught that is lucky in life. Also the procession proceeded by the singing of Vedic hymns and favorable mantra Hare Krishna prayer, as well as the sounds of sea shells, horns, cymbals, drums and not to forget transcendental dancing.
May 19 2014 Inspiring day of communications for UK yatras
Praghosa Dasa, GBC Head of UK and Ireland, who was attending the event said: "we are operating in a world where communication is king, and where anyone with a mobile phone can generate a news story - this is unprecedented in our history, which is why it has never been more important to know how to work with the media. Given the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, we want 2016 to be a standout year for ISKCON and one of the ways we can have the most impact is through effective communications. We want the UK and Ireland to be a leading light and make the next fifty years of ISKCON even better."
As part of the schools Krishna conscious curriculum , SMIS students regularly get the opportunity to hear from senior ISKCON leaders who reciprocate with the children's enthusiasm. Upon hearing the students' kirtan when he arrived at the school, Jayapataka Maharaja immediately stood up and began dancing as he entered the school gate and saw the children.
Sri Jagannatha Mandir celebrated Sri Narsimha Caturdasi with great devotion and grandeur. Since it was wesak day it was a public holiday for the country. It facilitated devotees to come early and to be part of the various services. Decoration of the temple and altar went on till 1am early in the morning. Needless to say Nrsimha altar was gorgeous with the red roses.
Time and again it has been proved that where there is the mercy and grace of Mother Cow, there is no option but that of complete success. And what an amazing success the launch of the book Gavopanishad (In Telugu) and Adopt a Village program was! The event happened on the 11th May, 2014 at the NTR Auditorium, Public Gardens, Hyderabad, AP. It was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of cow lovers of over 400. The event was covered by press from various papers and channels.
The annual Brahmotsava of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari and Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha took off to a colorful start with the Dvaja-arohana (hoisting of the Garuda flag) on Saturday, May 10, 2014. As the festivities and formalities unfolded in the temple, thousands were drawn to the whirl of color and sound emanating from the temple halls of Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari and Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha.