BY: SRESTHA DAS
Feb 10, HARIDWAR, INDIA (SUN) — We would like to invite all the devotees to participate the Kumbhamela and the 500th Years Celebration of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sannyasa. This is first time in history we are getting this much big piece of land in Haridwar. ISKCON has 3.5 acres of land in a prime location.
Enjoying the 40 wooden cabins, the 1,000 devotees capacity steel hanging pandal, the exhibitions, 60 foot tall Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Murti, dioramas, harinam bullock cart and installed Nitai Gaursunder Deity, the 2,000 people feeding capacity Prasadam hall, Jagannath Temple, Books and other stalls, preaching booths, famous artist’s cultural program, the huge harinam every day, ganga snan, Chaitanya lila Pravachan, Bhagavat Pravachan, and the hundreds of ISKCON devotees associations are the benefits of your visit to the camp in Haridwar. Also like Srila Prabhupada said, it is the best time to get association of the other Vaishnava sadhus at the Kumbhmela.
Our ISKCON camp will be officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 12th Feb, 2010 on Shivaratry day, by lighting the lamp in front of the 60 foot Caitanya Mahaprabhu murthi along with a big havan.
When I went to invite the Chief Minister for the function he told me that, ‘I read the Chaitanya-caritamrta and I like the ISKCON Sankirtan, so I want to be there.’
The following groups of devotees are confirmed booking to take part in the Kumbh Mela so far:
From Radha Gopinath Temple – 400 devotees along with Radhanatha Swami
From Belgam Temple – 50 devotees
From Thirupati Temple – 30 devotees
From Ujjain – 40 devotees along with Bhakti Caru Swami (took responsibility of book
distribution) From Nellur – 100 devotees along with Sukhdev Maharaj
From Bombay – 20 devotees
From BI – 2 buses
From Ahemedabad – 43 devotees along with Jasomatinandan das
From Jaipur – 50 devotees for Kirtan
From Poona – 70 devotees (took the responsibility of serving all the above devotees
and the camp preaching From Delhi and all over North India – 200 devotees along with Gopal Krishna Maharaj
(took the responsibility for book distribution)
This time our camp will be fully concentrated on maximum book distribution and a great amount of preaching, and to please Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, huge harinams every day.
The Kumbh working Committee wants to really thank the following leaders of our Srila Prabhupada family to make this programme start in a great way by supporting financially or by giving the manpower or by all means of spirit:
His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami – GBC of the Kumbha Zone
His Grace Brajahari das – RGB chairman, 100% sincerely dedicated
HH Bhakti Caru Swami – GBC – full cooperation for preaching
HH Radhanatha Swami – GBC – a good inspiration for us all
His Grace Radheshyam das – TP Poona – Pure humble soul
His Grace Revatiraman das – good mentor
His Grace Bhima das – BBT trustee- the man of source for books on time and a
motivator Mukunda Madhav das – National Khumbh Fundraising advisor and great supporter
Sura das – TP Mumbai, in charge of all the Cultural Program for the Camp
Devakinandan das – ZS, a good back born for us
Bhakti vinod das – a good coordinator for all and lecture arrangements
Vraja Bhakti Vilas das – Chairman NIDC – good host and supporter, funds help
His Holiness Lokanatha Swamy – Our official Mahant – Real sadhu for all Kumbh actions
& wrote a new book on Kumbh to Please Srila Prabhupada, much more Pancharatna das, TP Jaipur – manpower and help
Sidhartha das – TP Raipur – FFL supporter
Mohanrupa das – TP Delhi, Book Distribution acarya
Varaha das – TP Punjabibaug – volunteer for major prep and printing
Jasomatinandan das – ZS Gujarat – finance and all advise
Deena Bandhu das – Vrindavan – a great amount of inspiration to all
We have so many others from Srila Prabhupada’s army and leaders also helping us which we are missing now, but after the Kumbhamela is over on April 30th, we will have a wonderful appreciation feast at Haridwar camp on 1st week of May, and one in Kanpur ISKCON temple.
Following are the team we have on the job for this project, for your information to serve you:
Central communication for gents – Rasapriya das: 0989991900
For ladies – Radhika kripa dasi: 09999171800
For Accommodation confirmations – Sastra das: 09654879272
For Nation wide contributions and donations – Parijat dasi: 09870832339, 022 26206860 Xtn. 197
For Devotee care: Rajasuya das (Juhu): 9987786432
For VIP devotees care: Mahmantra das (Poona) and Srikeshava das (Poona)
For VIP dignitaries welcome and care Mahamantra das (Delhi)
For the stalls and on camp preaching: Ajit Krishna das (Poona)
For PR and Media – Vrajendranandan das
For Book distribution – Mohanrupa das & Ganganarayan das
For Camp Facility care – Raghav pandit and team
For FFL seva – Balbadra das
For Devotee Prasadam: Rajasuya das (TP-Ludhiyana) and Vanamali das (RNS)
For transportation and travel arrangements – Murali Krishna das
Harinam and temple program – Radharaman Swami and Prahlad das
Snan Arrangements – Janakinath das
Temple’s group management – Srestha das and Bhaktivinod das
Any legal, Visa, police, fire, special pass, and other complaints and seva call – Srestha das: 9897035306 and 9415907820 or email Srestha@pamho.net
The central committee team will connect you or direct you for all the above departments and will provide you with phone numbers.
We are sorry to announce that all the devotees who wants to stay in the ISKCON Kump Camp located in H secor of Gauri Sankar, under the Chandi Pool (the long Bridge) have to go through a screening process of the camp authority of 3 devotees team, and this camp authority have the right to keep you inside or not; to maintain a pure standard inside the Camp property.
Also due to so many other reasons we will issue an ID card Pass to all the visiting and resident devotees after the screening form is approved. This pass will allow you to enter the Camp and take Prasadam. Also we are not entertaining any devotee who is not attending the full morning sadhana program every day. Following 4 regulative principles will be always monitored inside the camp by camera and CCTV along with a strong Security Staff to protect our inside good devotees.
We also do not allow any stalls from outside sources or from any groups. We are only dedicating this camp to please Srila Prabhupada and to send the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the world in a very pure way.
On 28, 29, 30, 31st we are not taking any more new bookings for devotees or for the Life Members and donors.
Yours in the humble service of Haridwar Kumbhmela,