Lord Jagannatha in Nis, Serbia
(written by Syamananda dasa, Nis, Serbia)
Posted December 19, 2002
Saturday, 22 September 2002
As a part of a festival of world etno music, which is held for the second
time in Nis, second big city in Sebia (300 000 inhabitants). The festival
held under the patronage of city officials. It's goal is to present to the
Nis audience different cultures. Organisers of this festivala are in
with devotees for a long time, so that the last year the guests on the
festivalu were Nityananda Band - famous devotee music group from the
During preparations for this festival one of the organisers, Mr Miki,
together with Dinom Vatsalom Prabhuom, the leader of Nis's Nama Hatta
Center, has watched a video about ISKCON, where he has seen fastivals of
Lord Jagannatha worldwide. He liked it very much and asked devotees if it
can be organized in Nis.
The festival started about 4 pm, on Saturday, 22 September 2002, making a
circle in front of the festival hall, then it went on the bank of River
Nisava to the bridge which leads to medieval Nis Tower. This distance the
cart with Lord Jagannatha made two times while devotees and guests pulled
with ropes and cleaned in front of the cart.People were attracted to take
part and do some service for the Lord. Other people took part by taking
prasadam sweetballs uzimajuci prasadam kuglice, honored very
enthusiastically by by performers of folk music, who had performed before
devotees on the stage.
At the end, one little girl, to her own amazement and the amazement of her
grandfather, got a garland of Lord Caitanya.
Despite the unfaithful person such as myself, Lord still manifested in
He did that not because of any materijal arrangements, but because of the
sincere desire and efforts of devotees that his smiling face blesses one
whole city and all the conditioned souls that happened to be there by
karma. many devotees contributed to this, and I will mention some of them.
Naksatri Prabhu, senior devotee from Belgrade, with his energy and
accomplished that the whole procession continues without hindrance and in
spiritual atmosphere. Bhakta Miki and Bhaktin Mira from Nis, whose
hospitality served many guest devotees. Bhakta Dula from Subotica fully
over spiritual care so that transcedental cart of the Lord move without
hindrance and problems at the large sidewalk on the bank of the River
Nisava. Bhakta Deki from Smederevo, by whose devotion and able hands the
Deities of Jagganatha, Baladeva i Subhadra got new effulgence and
attraction. Madva Muni Prabhu from Belgrade, whose kirtanas and constant
dancing had a contagious effect on all the devotees present.