IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MAYAPUR FESTIVAL 2003

Festival contacts:
Festival sponsorship, donation and Festival general informations: Bhakti Purusottama Swami - bps@pamho.net
Accomodation: Naru Gopal Das - naru-gopal.jps@pamho.net
Transportation: Purananda Das - purananda.JPS@pamho.net
Childrenís cultural programs: Sankalpa Devi Dasi - sankalpa@pamho.net
Ex- Gurukuliís accommodation: Vedasara Das - vedasara.bgv-mva@pamho.net

1.  Accomodation: Mayapur Iskcon Guest House Accommodation:

Building				Capacity	Donation RS
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Conch (All private bath)
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4 beds 					6		1100
SMALL: 2 beds				2		750
SUITE: 4 beds and 4 on floor		8		1300
GROUND FLOOR: 4 beds and 2 on floor	6		850

Vamsi
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4 Beds, private bath			4		500
Vamsi Big, private bath			6		900

Lotus
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2 beds and 2 on floor, common bath	4		450

Vaisnava Academy
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2 beds and 1 on floor, private bath	3		700

Gada
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Gada Delux - 4 beds, private bath	4		550
4 beds, private bath			4		450
1 double bed, private bath		2		350
2 beds and 2 on floor, common bath	4		220

Chakra
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4 beds and 2 on floor, private bath	6		550
2 beds and 2 on floor, common bath	4		220

Sankirtana
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bedding on floor, common bath		4-6		250

Youth Forum
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2 beds, common bath			2-4		180

Nityanda Huts
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4 beds, common bath			4		120

Brahmacari Asram
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5 beds, 1 on floor, common bath		6		300

For room reservation in guest house please contact:
ISKCON Guest House Manager Naru Gopal Das naru-gopal.jps@pamho.net

Free accommodation: All free accommodations are subject to availability and prior booking with confirmation only. Accomodations will be available from 1st March to 19th march 2003.

For those devotees who cannot afford to stay in the Guest house, free accommodation will be available in the big dormitory or in Gaudiya math guest house. For all Vaisnavas there will be a big hall and for all Vaisnavis there will be a big dormitory available. Devotees interested must book in advance and are requested to bring their own sleeping bag. Lockers  for putting valuables and beddings will be available on a rental basis. There will be no free accommodations available for families to stay together.

All devotees must contact us as soon as possible for confirmation of their free accommodation. They must bring the print out of their free accommodation letter to make it convenient to the management. January 31st is the last date for booking your accommodation.

For all  Ex-Gurukuliís accommodation contact Vedasara Das in Mayapur.

2.  Prasad: Festival free prasad will be available to all registered  devotees. Prasad will be served twice daily at the prasad hall.

3. Transportation: Roundtrip transportation from Kolkata to Mayapur can be arranged through Purananda Das. For transportation booking, please contact Purananda Das purananda.jps@pamho.net.  The transportation rates are as follows:-

Trip/Vehicle (Rates are in Rupees)	 Ambassador  TATA Sumo 	Namahatta Bus   Big Bus
								(30 Seater)	(56 Seater)
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Single journey to/from Airport 		   900	    1200	2500		3500
Up and down journey to Airport 		  1100	    1300	NA		NA
Single Journey to/from Kolkata or Howrah  1000      1300	3000		4000
Up and down journey to Kolkata or Howrah  1200	    1500	NA		NA
Single Journey to Krishnanagar		   250	     300	NA		NA
Double Journey to Krishnanagar		   350	     400	NA		NA

4.  Registration: There will be no registration fee charged this year for the festival.  As the festival costs a lot of laksmi, devotees are requested to generously contribute to make the festival a great success.  All festival donors will receive a gift and their name will be placed on a festival display board.  Devotees are requested to register individually on their arrival at Mayapur.

5.  Sradha Samskar and Immersion of Ashes of Departed Souls: This year on March 16th, Ganga Puja Day, Srila Prabhupada will be taken to the Ganga with a big procession, where he will take a bath. A special puja to mother Ganga will also be performed and all devotees can bath in the Ganges as well.

On the same day devotees who would like to immerse the ashes of departed devotees or their relatives in the Ganges can participate in this very special program. They are requested to bring the ashes of the departed souls or they can perform a special Sradha ceremony to offer to the departed souls. Please contact Bhadra Caru Das bhadra.charu.jps@pamho.net for details and to register your name for this.

6.  Childrenís Cultural Programs: Similar to last year, different programs for children will be available during the festival. Various competitions will be held among the children, including the following activities:

Magic Show, variety of Krsna Art Projects, Colouring competition, Face painting, many Krsna games with prizes, Field trip to the goshala with picnic, Ox cart ride with harinama.

For detailed schedule please contact Sankalpa Devi Dasi  sankalpa@pamho.net

7.  Parikrama: Navadwip Mandal parikrama will begin as of March 7th. On March 6th, all devotees will visit Yoga pith to pay homage to Lord Gauranga and to obtain His mercy for a successful parikrama.

Devotees will camp outside during the night. If anyone wants to return daily from the  parikrama and then join parikrama again the next morning, there will be a daily bus service. Everyone must register in advance.
Parikrama registration fee : US$35

8.  Seminar: Many sannyasis, Iskcon leaders and Gurus will give seminars on many topics during the seminar period from March 2nd to March 6th. There is no seminar fee to attend these seminars. Devotees are requested to bring their own notebook and pen.

For the sake of clarification, the Festival and MIHE Seminars are separate in that the Festival Seminars are directly under the Mayapur Festival Committee, and the MIHE Seminars are under the MIHE Administration.

For more details on the Festival seminars please go to www.mayapur.info, and
for more details on the MIHE courses please go to www.mayapur.org/mihe/
The following ISKCON Gurus, Sannyasis and leaders will give festival and MIHE seminars:
	Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
	Bhakti Vikas Swami
	B.V.V. Narasimha Swami
	Danavir Goswami
	Deena Bandhu Das
	Gopal Krsna Goswami
	Jayapataka Swami
	Kavicandra Swami
	Kesava Bharati Das
	Lokanath Swami
	Madhavendra Puri Das
	Prahladananda Swami
	Prabhavisnu Swami
	Radha Govinda Swami
	Radhanath Swami
	Vijaya Prabhu and many more...

Festival seminars start from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and MIHE seminars as follows:
9:50 am to 11:20 am, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, 2:50 pm to 4:20 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

9.  Detailed Festival Schedules: This is a tentative list and the final one will be given to the devotees on their arrival to Mayapur.

	March 1	Arrival of Devotees
	 7:00 pm Festival Inauguration Ceremony at the main pandal

	March 2	Festival Seminars
	 6:00 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
	 8:00 am Utsava Dhwaja Arohanam - Festival Flag Raising
  	10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Seminars
	 6:00 pm Gaura Katha at the main stage
	 7:00 pm Congregational Preaching Night

	March 3	Seminars
	10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6.00pm Seminars
	 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Gaura Katha
	 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Book Distribution Awards Night

	March 4	Seminars and Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami Disappearance Day
	 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Gurukula Night

	March 5	Seminars and Global Excellency Awards
	 7:00 pm Global Excellency Awards Night

	March 6	Seminars
	 4:00 pm Visiting Yoga Pith
	 7:00 pm Parikrama Istha Gosthi

	March 7	Parikrama Leaves Mayapur
	 6:00 am Parikrama group will leave from main gate

 	March 13 Parikrama Returns to Mayapur and Festivities Starts at Mayapur
	12:00 noon Reception to Parikrama devotees at Main gate
	 4:00 pm Viswa Santi Maha yajna
	 5:00 pm Sri Sri Radha Madhava Swing Festival
	 7:00 pm Cultural program at the main stage

	March 14 Ekadasi
	 6:00 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
	 8:00 am  Maha Hari Nam at the Big Temple site for invoking Lord Gaurangaís mercy.
	 5:00 pm Sri Sri Radha Madhava Boat Festival
	 7:00 pm Cultural program

	March 15 Santipur Festival
	 6:00 am Leave by bus for Santipur
	 7:00 pm Elephant Procession

	March 16 Srila Prabhupada Books Day and Ganga Puja
	10:00 am Procession to Ganga followed by Ganga puja and immersion of ashes of departed souls
	 5:00 pm Boat Festival
	 7:00 pm Cultural programs

	March 17 Adhivas, Ratha Yatra, 25th Disappearance of HG Jayananda Prabhu
	10:00 am Ratha Yatra
	 5:00 pm Sri Sri Radha Madhava Boat festival
	 7:00 pm Cultural programs
	Many devotees, each carrying a pot, will  go to Ganges along with Srila Prabhupada in a large procession.  Devotees will offer Puja to Mother Ganga and each will bring a pot of Ganga water. There will be one thousand pots of Ganga water placed next to the Abhiseka  platform on the day of Adivas (the day before Gaurapurnima).

	March 18 Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Sahasra Kalasha Maha Abhisheka
	 9:00 am Free Prasad distribution
	 4:00 pm Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Sahashra Kalash Abhiseka
	On Gaura Purnima day, at the most auspicious moment of Lord Gaurangaís appearance, devotees will perform abhiseka with Ganga water along with many other ingredients including yogurt, milk, honey, etc.

	Om Tat Sat