Shri Krishna Janamashtami Celebration In Accra, Ghana
Posted October 8, 2005
AUGUST, 2005. For the first time in the history of ISKCON/Ghana and with Srila Prabhupad and several ISKCON Guru's full blessings, Janamasthmi was celebrated here last month in Accra, capital of Ghana in West Africa. A group of professional expatriates from Bharat Varsha pooled their expertise and resources for organizing this festival on the appearance day of Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupad. About 300-350 people, mostly people from Bharat Varsha, joined us in this celebrations that was organized at a rented Government hall.
The program fully engaged Ghanaian devotees. Sitting on the high platform, they performed ecstatic kirtan and led participants in the congregational chanting of Maha Mantra. His Grace Shri Srivas Prabhu, a disciple of HH BT Swami Maharaj and Regional Coordinator for Ghana, performed wonderful arti and spoke about ISKCON projects in Ghana. Following the orders of my spiritual master HH Gopal Krishna Maharaj, I gave a class in Hindi on what people think Krishna is and who He actually is.
Indian High Commissioner and his two senior staff members also attended. He applauded the participation of the community in organizing such festivals in a country where people suspect practices of non-Christian and non-Muslim faiths to be black magic. On behalf of ISKCON, he acknowledged the help of 16 key volunteers and donors and gave framed pictures of Shri Shri Sita Ram Lakshman and Hanuman and Radha Krishna as a token of appreciation.
Many male and female volunteers cooked puris, kachuris, rice, vegetables, chickpeas and halwa according to strict ISKCON standards.
This was the second time that such pooling of expertise and resources for propagating Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's teachings has happened here in Ghana. Last year, for organizing Ghana's first Ratha Yatra, such a group of individuals almost exclusively provided needed funds totaling over 43 million cedes (USD 4,800), a substantial amount in this part of the world, and in addition to significant in-kind contributions!
Janamasthmi celebration got extremely positive response and feedback. People here are extremely keen and are asking us to organize more such programs.
Please view the pictures of this celebration from this website: (photos.yahoo.com/mukund_goel). All glories to Gurus and Gauranga!