Festival Season

January 13, 2007 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

BY DEENA BANDHU DAS (ACBSP)

Jan 12, VRINDAVAN, INDIA (SUN) — Now that the Holiday Season is over, the real Festival Season begins. And this year many exciting festivals are coming up.

First of all Ardha Kumbha Mela is going on in Prayaga. ISKCON has a bigger and better camp than even the Maha Kumbha Mela, including a corner plot on a major intersection with lots of preaching facilities. The Padayatra Maharastra Deity cart has arrived with those wonderful Gujarati bulls with the long horns. Radhadyuti from Mayapur, who cooks for Braja Mandal Parikrama, has sent his crew of Nama Hatta devotees to cook, so prasadam is cooked by devotees. Food for Life is going on every day. Free accommodation for devotees who want to do service, such as Harer Nama, prasada distribution, or if your still fired up from the Prabhupada Marathon, there’s plenty of book distribution to do, to millions of receptive pilgrims!

The main bathing days are 15, 19, and 23 January. For information contact Shrestha Prabhu Mb: +91-9249415977 or email kumbha2007@yahoo.com.

In Bombay the Ratha Yatra will be held on January 12, with the pandal program following on the 13th and 14th. For more information contact braja.hari.jps@pamho.net.

Then there is the opening of the magnificent new ISKCON temple in Tirupati on Nityananda Trayodasi on 31st January. The festival will start on the 29th up to the 1st February, including special darshan at the famed Balaji Temple for ISKCON devotees on the 1st. Please contact iskconashram_tirupati@yahoo.co.in or Guesthouse Manager Sanatan Gaura at ++91-9393607046.

From Feb 5th to Feb 15th there will be the Fourth Anniversary of Vrinda Devi Temple at Vrinda Kunda. There will be parikramas going out almost every day from Krishna Balaram Mandir to the different holy places of Krishna’s divine pastimes. Then on 11th there will be the annual Kalash Yatra, a Sankirtan Procession with the ladies carrying water pots on their heads all around Nandagram to Vrinda Kunda where there will be a wonderful feast. Everyone who has attended before has never forgotten the experience. For more information about the festival contact deena.bandhu.acbsp@pamho.net or for booking travel and accommodation contact iskcon.vrindavan@pamho.net or Sanjay at ++91 565 2540343.

Then of course is the Mayapura Festival starting from 16 February till Gaura Purnima on the 3rd March. For more information one can visit www.Mayapur.com. This of course is followed by the Vrindavan Festival from 6th March to 16th.

So there are so many ecstatic festivals for you to take part in, so start making your plans now!

In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi,
Deena Bandhu dasa

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