By Radha Rasikraj Das
4th Annual ISKCON India Youth Convention (IIYC-2019)
(12th – 15th Nov 2019, Nathdwara, Udaipur, INDIA)
This year’s Bhishma Panchak, the last five days of the auspicious month of Kartik saw the commencement of a confluence of ever energetic and enthusiastic youth and driving force of our movement at one of the holiest places of Vaishnava sampradayas, sacred seat of pushtimarga vaishnava traditional temple town, Nathdwara. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan, Sri Govardhan Nath ji or Shrinath ji who was discovered by Sripad Madhvendrapuri at Govardhan.
Started from Mayapur in the year 2016, then Kanpur(2017), MiraRoad(2018) till this year’s convention at Nathdwara we have seen a whole lot of reform and rise in the mood of collective endeavors to preach the science of Krishna Consciousness by the youth preachers..
This year’s meet was very graciously hosted by ISKCON Udaipur.
In all around 300 devotees from many small centers and big temples gathered at Nathdwara for this annual festival of youth preachers. These 4 days were packed with Morning programs, Srimad Bhagwatam Classes, Individual presentations and Panel Discussions on various relevant topics.
The devotees started arriving at the temple town form 11th onwards and the mesmerizing yatra commenced with beautiful darshans of Ekling ji and Dwarkadhish ji at Kankroli.
Senioir Vaishnava Devotees marked their presence. HG Basughosh Prabhu, HH Vaishnava Maharaj, HG Devakinandan Prabhu, HG Radheshyam Prabhu, HG Sankarshan NItai Prabhu, HG Shankhdhari Prabhu, HG Gauranga Prabhu, HG Gauranga Darshan Prabhu and many more.
The gala opening was marked by presence of dignitaries from the temple trust of Srinath ji Temple and the first topic of discussion was Srila Prabhupada, the best youth preacher – Shankhadhari Prabhu, Basughosh Prabhu, Amogh Lila Prabhu
Other topics discussed were, Social security of ISKCON Brahmachari, Broadening the perspective of Youth Preacher – RadheShyam Prabhu, From Youth Preacher to Preacher-Murli Krishna Prabhu, Alternative approaches to Youth preaching & Srimad Bhagawatam class on Humility – Sundar Gopal Prabhu
Panel Discussions – Mood of a Youth Preacher, Maturity, Purity and Clarity – Kamal Lochan Prabhu, Sundar Gopal Prabhu and Radheshyam Prabhu
Seminars – ISKCON Connect by Devakinandan Prabhu, Unified Approach within Diversity – Sankarshan Nitai Prabhu.
Gauranga Prabhu took up the topic of Preparing devotees for Government Civil Services and Learning from other Organisations.
HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj gave their blessings and registered their presence via Video Conferencing and answered many inspirational, administrative and philosophical questions put up by inquisitive youth preachers.
Dr Neeraj Kamthe (Karunanidhi Das), gave a seminar on taking care of the Dietary and Lifestyle Challenges to keep the body fit with ayurvedic way of life.
The high class arrangements for the recently concluded 4 day successful convention was the result of hard-work and perseverance of the devotees, HG Kamal Locan Prabhu(ISKCON Mira Road), Atul Krishna Prabhu(ISKCON Belgaum), Ravindra Chaitanya Prabhu(ISKCON Pune) and Chakravarti Prabhu(ISKCON Juhu). They had put in lot of efforts for almost 3 months to make this program a grand success.
It wasn’t possible with the active participation of Mayapurvasi Prabhu and his team of ISKCON Udaipur. Despite the unavailability of proper resources he and his team made the stay of attending vaishnavas very very comfortable. It was an commendable task.
Devotees from Surat, headed by Braj Bihari Prabhu, cooked sumptuous prasadam for all the four days and Devotees from Bhilwara, Juhu and Pune served non-stop.
Overall the event was highly successful and everybody is eagerly looking forward to IIYC2020 at Kurukshetra.
more photos of this event can be seen on the below link: