Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj heading the Temple's lively five
day preaching programme. His Holiness writes:
Fri, 11 Jul 2003 18:09:11 +0400
From: B.B. Avadhut Maharaj, Siberia, Russia
Subject: Samara Summer Festival preaching report
Our summer time in Russia is very short and it is a great
time for preaching, especially at the country festivals. So
this year we are participating in several festivals.
Recently we visited the biggest Russian festival, in Samara,
mid-Russia. It is a musical festival and is attended by upwards
of 300,000 people. We brought fifty devotees from Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Siberia and other places and put up our panda.
For five days the devotees engaged in preaching, including
distribution of prasadam and books. We are sending some pictures
along with this letter.
Every night we held devotional drama performances such as
'Prahlada Maharaj Lila,' 'Ramayana Pastimes,' etc. and big
sankirttan with more than 1,000 people chanted and danced
Everybody liked our programmes in particular and sincerely
invited us to continue longer and longer.
the most of the brief Russian summer.
Madhava Krishna (bearded, left), Prabhu Dinabandhu (with colourful
mridanga), Sripad Avadhut Maharaj and Vraja Kishor (with white mridanga),
lead devotees in Harinama Sankirttan along the banks of the River
Volga, the widest river in the world.
Yadhu Krishna watches as Prabhu Kaliya Damana stirs a preparation.
Govinda Maharaj's disciples demonstrating Indian dance on stage.
out the Lord's pastimes. Prabhu Jagadpati (left) is head of a family
of actors. Their performances of devotional plays invariably draw
dramas are so well done they attract all, even those who initially
have no interest in the subject matter.