All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga


Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
at the
Summer Music Festival,
Siberia, Russia

5 day programme, early July 2003

Prabhu Vraja Kishor and Vrajavasini Didi at the microphone leading Kirttan on stage.

Sripad Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj heading the Temple's lively five day preaching programme. His Holiness writes:

Date: 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 with us.

Everybody liked our programmes in particular and sincerely invited us to continue longer and longer.

Making the most of the brief Russian summer.

Prabhu 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.

Prabhu Yadhu Krishna watches as Prabhu Kaliya Damana stirs a preparation.

Srila Govinda Maharaj's disciples demonstrating Indian dance on stage.

Acting out the Lord's pastimes. Prabhu Jagadpati (left) is head of a family of actors. Their performances of devotional plays invariably draw large crowds.

The dramas are so well done they attract all, even those who initially have no interest in the subject matter.
Ending with Harinama Sankirttan. Prabhu Nitaidas (right) is the in-charge preparing the new Moscow preaching centre for opening during Srila Govinda Maharaj's upcoming visit.

Loud and energetic.

With plenty of enthusiastic participation from the crowd.

They came for music, and got much more.

And lots more remains to be discovered in the treasures available at our stall.

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip