Devotees to Feed 50,000 For Shantipur Festival

The Shantipur festival has been a key part of ISKCON Mayapur’s Gaura Purnima festival for many years.

https://admin.iskcon.org/media/images/thousands_gather_for_the_festival.jpg

Historically, it was put on by fifteenth century saint Advaita Acharya in honor of the Disappearance Day of his guru, Madhavendra Puri. Since then, it’s been held on that sacred day every year.

“The Shantipur Festival is a very popular draw,” says organizer Sankarshan Nitai Das. “Because Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the founder of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, declared that anyone who gives or receives prasad [sanctified food] during the festival will get Krishna Prem, or love of God.”

Devotees will set up an outdoor kitchen in the large mango grove outside the house where Advaita Acharya himself once lived and is still worshipped. There, they’ll cook vast quantities of kichari and chutney in giant pots.

 https://admin.iskcon.org/media/images/scooping_kichari_out_of_a_massive_container.jpg

Then nearly 2,000 international devotees will participate in serving the prasad out to “dhamvasis,” the residents of the holy town.

Meanwhile, there will also be a cultural stage program where many senior devotees and sannyasis including Jayapataka Swami, Kavicandra Swami, Lokanath Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami and more will speak.

https://admin.iskcon.org/media/images/kavicandra_swami_speaks_at_last_years_festival.jpg

Dramas, dances and songs performed by students of Mayapur’s Bhaktivedanta National School will cap off the day.

View more Krishna store online

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s