ISKCON Festival Draws Thousands
Posted December 11, 2007
The site was tastefully decorated with over 100 stalls. Noted singers
from all over Andhra Pradesh rendered devotional Krishna bhajans of
the Vaishnava poet Anamacharya, and the whole area echoed with Hare
Krishna kirtan as thousands of participants chanted loudly.
On the last day of the festival some members of the local
congregation took initiation. HH Jayapataka Maharaj led Hare Krishna
kirtan for over 10,000 people, and members of the local youth
congregation danced with enthusiasm in front of the stage. There were
two huge, colourful balloons in the appearance of Lord Ganesha moving
around and entertaining everyone. There were also food stalls and
kiosks displaying various commercial products, plus games and merry-
go-rounds for children.
There was continuous mass Prasadam distribution, and newspapers and TV channels gave wide coverage. It seems the people of Visakhapatnam have a liking for this kind of festival. It was heartening to see such a huge crowd in our ISKCON festival. Thanks to the arrangements of the traffic police, the parking for the event extended over 2 kilometres from the festival site.