N.Y. Gaura Purnima Harinam Celebtration
On Saturday March 11, 2006 close to 80, mostly
congregation, devotees from ISKCON NY (Brooklyn) and
other locations gathered to begin the celebrations for
Gaura Purnima a few days early with an ecstatic
harinam procession through the heart of Maya's kingdom
- Times Square, New York City.
At approximately 3:00pm 25 devotees left the confines
of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir with a brisk
pre-harinam kirtan led by HH Candrasekhara Swami. By
Lord Caitanya's mercy, the weather could not have been
better. Sunny skies, with the temperature hovering
around 70 degrees, made this procession even more
ecstatic. On the subway ride over, devotees were
getting excited, practicing their mrdanga beats, and
remembering their favorite kirtan melodies.
The procession began just a couple blocks south from
Times Square, and proceeded, like an army going into
the field of war, with full determination and courage.
We walked past a department store, and to our
surprise, the managers were all standing in the lobby
and invited us in! We made one full pradakshina of the
store, and then entered the lobby to chant and purify
the atmosphere inside. It was really incredible. The
store managers loved the devotees dancing and swayed
along with us. After about 10 minutes, we exited the
store and were on our way through the streets once
As the hour went by, the crowd of devotees got larger.
At the peak of the harinam procession, we had close to
80 devotees all singing along. The kirtans were
expertly over 2 hours led by HH Candrasekhara Swami,
H.G. Nandanandana Dasa, and H.G. Bhushara Dasa. Then
at the end, one of the youth members, Niyati dasi,
took the kirtan to its final notes. All throughout the
procession, the devotees zig-zagged up and down the
streets, making a real impact amongst all those who
came to Times square that day. Furthermore, the
devotees distributed 300+ flyers for the upcoming
Gaura Purnima festival, and countless Mantra cards.
Also about 20 books were also sold to the general
At about 6:00pm the harinam had to come to a close,
and the devotees all came back to Sri Sri Radha
Govinda Mandir, where there was a transcendental feast
waiting for all. The prasadam menu of Rice Pilaf,
Salad, Banana Cake, Mango Nectar, Mixed Veggie Sabji
and Dahl was enjoyed by everyone to their heart's
This harinam was so successful, that more events are
going to be planned in the future. We hope that even
more devotees will come and join us as the weather
warms up and spirits rise. Special thanks to HG
Gauranga Prema prabhu and his assistants for
organizing this procession and to Mother Satya devi
dasi for the preparing the wonderful feast.
Harinam Sankirtan Ki JAI!
For more photos:
New York ISKCON
Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir