Padayatra in Guyana
Posted January 30, 2009
This third segment of Padayatra is scheduled for one week from January 26-February 01 and the walk will be for about 40 kilometres through the most populated villages leading to the Capital City of Georgetown. A new aluminium fabricated Padayatra cart and two huge tents were imported from Canada for the occasion, and the Deities of Nitai Gaurasundar were brought from Mayapur last month; all through the kind courtesy of Ram-lila das, a disciple of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami.
His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami and Ajamil Prabhu are expected to arrive shortly and several live appearances on television and press conferences are billed for this weekend, prior to the big event on Monday. There has been wide media publicity of the event and devotees are on television daily promoting the festival and sensitizing the public. Hundreds of local devotees will participate and a contingent of devotees from neighbouring Suriname and Trinidad will join. Everyone is excited and upbeat in anticipation of the festival and the support from the local villagers and government officials is overwhelming-people spontaneously coming forward to offer assistance and make contributions.
Guyana is the only English speaking country located on the north eastern shoulder of the mainland of South America, having an area of 215,000 square kilometres and has a relatively small population of only three-quarters of a million. Located between latitudes 1 and 9 degrees, the country enjoys yearlong mild climate, with a mean temperature of 27.5 degrees Centigrade. Fifty-five percent of the population is Indians, 40 percent Africans and the remainder, mixed races. More than 90 percent of the topography is covered with tropical rain forest and the country is more agriculture based.
ISKCON is well received and very popular countrywide and has cordial relations with the government. There are three main Temples, one in each county, and a thriving preaching centre near the only University. The installed Deities here are: Sri Sri Radha Gokula Chandra located at New Kulinagram, Berbice, and Sri Sri Nitai Caitanya Chandra located at Gaura Nitai Ashirvaad Mandir on the West Coast of Demerara. For further information please e-mail Paramatma das, firstname.lastname@example.org
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