Sunday Jan. 1st, the Utah temple will conduct its 3rd annual “Japathon.” Everybody who lives in Utah is welcome to participate both at home and in the temple.
The idea is to chant as many rounds of japa mala as possible, even up to the point of chanting one mantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) for each and every person in the state of Utah, 2.7 million. Participants are welcome to chant at home and enter their totals online and/or come to the temple for a noon arati, vegetarian feast, and japa chanting in the temple room all afternoon long. A board will be placed in the temple room with the names of chanters and the mounting totals of rounds. Any visitor to the temple on that day will be loaned a set of beads and asked to chant at least one round. Last year for the 2nd annual japathon the achievement was 864 rounds, a record we hope to smash this year, with the help of all well wishers.