Lord Jagannath Blesses Southside Chicago
Posted September 15, 2007
That year the devotees ended up among the last groups in the parade, but when the devotees saw the larger-than-life form of Lord Jagannath atop the platform vehicle, all doubts and disappointments shattered and the parade ended with a bang. They posted photos from the parade on various websites with the hope that other devotees around the world would be inspired.
This year the devotees were determined to get a position more to the front of the parade so the cameras could broadcast the sight of the Lord and the kirtan on TV. Thousands of books and plates of prasadam were distributed. Kuvaleshvara das carved the 7-foot tall (213cm) deity of Lord Jagannath, assisted by Krsna Balarama das and by Mahabala das and his wife.
Jaya Jagannath das, Bhakta Jerry and Kalki das made accommodations and set up the park, and Kanta dasi painted the Lord's features. Vakreshvara Pandit das and Kamagiri dasi led the chanting, and their families and Bhaktivinoda das prepared all of the prasadam.
(More photos are at www.harekrishnatempleoftheheart.org).
Srila Prabhupada once said: "Not paid servants, but servants by affection." Motivated by sincerity and affection for Prabhupada, who made great sacrifices and suffered much inconvenience to deliver conditioned souls from nescience back to Godhead, devotees are doing weekly home programs. Now a temple facility on the south side of Chicago has become available just days after the parade. Working together as a team, making sacrifices and tolerating inconveniences is paying off. Inspired by Prabhupada's example, we all beg to be able to continue and expand this service.