Chakra Announcements

The Passing And Funeral Service for Harish Das

by ISKCON Atlanta

Posted March 25, 2009

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we bring this horrible news that our dear friend Hari Kirtan aka Harish, age 24, is no long with us on this planet. Harish is from Mayapur gurukula and a disciple of his Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami.

Harish was working at a store in Atlanta, Ga USA and as the sun was setting at 8:01 pm March 22, 2009, he was robbed and shot, which instantly took his life. The emergency medical unit was contacted, but it was too late. The shot took his life instantly. The police and investigating detectives are looking for the men connected with the incident.

We have contacted his cousin brother in Mayapur and requested him to convey the new to his family. He leaves behind his elderly mother, and a younger brother. He had been the sole bread winner for his family. Being the eldest son in the family, he took a job to support his mother, and his brother's education.

Harish was brought to Mayapur gurukula by his cousin brother in 1996, where he was accepted as a student and continued his studies until 2002. He served in Mayapur mentoring the youth and being a perfect role model. He is fondly remembered for his humility and his contagious smile. He came to the US in April of 2005 for the passing away of his Spiritual Master, and stayed on to render service in different temples in the US. He served in the Alachua temple as a pujari and a cook, then moved to California to continue with his studies, and finally moved to Atlanta, which became his home.

Harish never failed to keep Krsna in the center of his life. He always attended temple programs, and enjoyed being part of the kirtans and bhajans. He always kept his friends close and always reminding them of their spiritual life.

All of his friends and the youth in Atlanta will really miss him and will keep the laughter and spirit Harish showed in our hearts. Although he maybe gone, he will always be with us, in spirit and in every memory we have of him.

We ask for your prayers for Harish, that he is gone to the Spiritual World, where the elements of this material world will not longer affect him.

The funeral service.

The Atlanta Temple, his family and friends will be coordinating the funeral service of Harish das. With the passing of our dear friend Hari Kirtan das aka Harish, we stop to pray to the lord for his safe journey home.

The service will be on Saturday the 28th of 2009 at 2pm at the Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Stone Mountain, Ga. The service will start with a visitation and last respects to Harish, followed by the funeral service and cremation of the body. After the service there, everyone is welcomed to go to the Atlanta temple. The service will continue with bhajans, and prasadam. The following day will be the memorial service, injunction with the regular Sunday program at 4 pm.

There will also be a 24 hour bhajan session on June 5th 2009, at the start of the Atlanta Temple Panihati Festival. Harish loved to be part of bhajans, so we will honor him with bhajans by friends and family.

We are working on getting his mother and younger brother flown in from India. Although we may not be able to get them here in time, we are trying our best the fill the wishes of his mother, Harish was the sole bread winner for his family, so his friends have set up a fund to help his family. Vedasara das, Uttam das and Jagannatha das have set up this fund so that Harish's wishes of taking care of his family will continue. We ask that if you are able, to please help any way you can. You can contact them to donate to the fund at : vedasara@yahoo.com or uttamhalder1@yahoo.com

We have been informed by the Medical Examiner, that the cause of dead was in fact, one shot to the left side of the head. Death was instant. The case by the Fulton County Police Department is still being investigated. There are two men wanted in the connection of his death. Surveillance video shows the men clearly, and it is the hope of the police that someone will call and give them information to that will lead to the arrest of the two men. The news stations here in Atlanta are trying to keep the case in the spot light as much as possible.

With the passing of a dear friend and family member we all ask for prayers and support for those who knew him. Although we pray that he is in a better place, we know that his family and friends will need the support and understanding of everyone.

Atlanta Temple

1287 S. Ponce de Leon Ave

Atlanta, Ga 30306

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Wages & Sons Funeral Home

1040 Main Street

Stone Mountain, Ga 30086