Festivals

Festivals in Krishna Consciousness

When we come to festivals and give our heart to the festival, listen with a desire to advance, apply the knowledge the speaker has spoken in our lives, chant from the heart and dance in kirtan we make a quantum leap in our devotional lives.

Down By The Dead Sea

Yom Kipper, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. Here is Israel all businesses are closed, there are no television or radio broadcasts and public transportation is shut down. Strict observance of the holy day includes not driving a car, playing music or eating food in public. [...]

Mothers of Devotion

“Holy days like Ekadasi and Janmastami are the mothers of devotion for devotees who properly respect them.” [ Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Sarangati, Suddha Bhakata Carana Renu, verse 2 ]

On Your Order

My Dear Bhagavan das, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 22, 1971, along with beads and letters from several devotees at Detroit temple. I am very glad to accept these students as my duly initiated disciples and their names shall be as follows: Brian Tibbitts / Indradyumna [...]

The 5th Note

One of the highlights of the Festival of Chariots in Durban last weekend was BB Govinda Maharaja singing the holy names accompanied by the famous 65-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. He was backed up by a chorus of Bada Haridas, Jayadeva das and the local 12 member Kwamashu choir. At the end of the 90 minute [...]

Rainbow Splash

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation due to it’s diverse ethnic and religious cultures. Yesterday at our Festival of Chariots we held a Rainbow Splash where people threw colors into the air – and on each other – celebrating the theme of our event: ‘Culturally Many, Spiritually One.’ With a DJ on stage [...]

Receiving The Dignitaries

Yesterday we received the State Governor of Natal and the Mayor of Durban at our Festival of Chariots. Both spoke highly of the event and our movement to an audience of 4,000 people in the main tent.

Day Of Reckoning

A full year of preparations paid off in our best Ratha Yatra festival in 25 years. The first of four days of celebrations kicked off with a super chariot parade with amazing kirtans, brass bands, majorettes, Scottish bagpipes, clowns, stiltwalkers and Zulu warrior dancers. The holy names resounded throughout the beach area and people of [...]

Prasadam for 200,000

Cooking began at midnight in an open field over wood fires for the first day of our 4-day Festival of Chariots here in Durban, South Africa. We plan to distribute over 200,000 free plates. Let the mercy flow!

A Special Treat

Over the coming weekend at Durban’s Festival of Chariots guests will enjoy a special kirtan performance of BB Govinda Maharaja accompanied up by the famous KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Maharaja has been rehearsing with the 65-piece orchestra over the past week. The well known Kwamashu Choir will act as backup vocals, along with Bada Haridas and [...]