For the pleasure of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madhav, Pancatattva, Prahlad-Nrisimhadev and Srila Prabhupada, Mayapur Local Preaching held its annual picnic festival on 28th December, 2014. We had 350 participants, namely, Bhakti Vriksha members, and well wishers. The program was held at Sri Rajapur Jagannath Temple (ISKCON). This years picnic program was focused on the Bhakti Vriksha members reciprocating between themselves with spiritually enthusiastic entertainment. Srila Prabhupada personally desired this type of reciprocation, as is mentioned in his credence of the seven purposes of ISKCON, one of the seven being “to bring the members of the society more closer….”
Regarding that purpose, the program had been designed with various events as follows:
Starting at 10:45 AM with Mangalacaran, Harinam and Gaudiya bhajan giti, followed by a short lecture and certificate distribution by the director of MLP department His Grace Sankarsan Nitai Prabhu.
Then under the guidance of His Grace Ananda Bardhan Prabhu, we had a ‘quiz contest’. This was an interesting, encouraging and spiritually brain warming program for all the Bhakti Vriksha members. The quiz lasted around 1 hour and in between there was short dance program by a young girl from Caitanya Bhakti Vriksha Gosthi.
The group then played a fun game called ‘ball pass’. This was a pure entertainment program that took place only for the ladies, as everyone watched they broke-down into laughter. ‘Ball pass’ was the most enjoyed event of the day. This was followed by a twenty minute drama on Simantini devi and Mahaprabhu named ‘Gouranger karuna’. The drama was very thought provoking on the importance of Simantadwip and Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
The program ended with Maha Harinam Sankirtan and delicious lunch Prasadam for all. The whole program was conducted by the Mayapur Local Preaching department head and co-ordinator His Grace Mathuresh Prabhu.
Everyone who attended experienced a glimpse of spiritual happiness.
Thank you very much.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare