South African tour

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 [...]

Extra Special

Gaura Purnima is a special day; the appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. To make it even more special we took a few devotees to a school program in a township to lecture, chant the holy names and distribute prasadam. The mercy was much appreciated and made the day extra special! [ Photos by Indradyumna [...]

My Gaura Purnima Lecture

Your Worship Mayor James Nxumalo, ladies and gentlemen: Today is a special day for members of the Hare Krsna Movement. It is the appearance day of an incarnation of the Lord called Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Generally we celebrate this day in our temples. But I was happy instead to accept your invitation to be present [...]

Working The Crowd

Yesterday in Durban I opened the ANC’s General Council meeting with a prayer and a few words on achieving social harmony in South Africa. State President Jacob Zuma was again present, as well as many prominent ministers, mayors and other politicians. Afterwards myself and several devotees mingled with the dignitaries, giving them invitations to our [...]

Engaging The Government

This morning we met with The Honorable Dr. Zweli Mkhise, Governor of Kwazulu, Natal to invite him to our Festival of Chariots over the Easter weekend. We requested him to speak along with King Goodwill at the opening ceremony. He kindly agreed and graciously accepted our gift of a small Ratha Yatra cart. Many people [...]