Foreign followers of society sway in spiritual ecstasy to beat of drums
TIRUPATI: An impressive contingent of devotees of International Society for Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) filled the streets of Tirupati with spiritual ecstasy by taking out a colourful procession on Monday. Most of the devotees were from Russia.
Five thousand devotees belonging to the ISKCON clan are going to converge at Mayapur Dham near Kolkata to take part in the ‘Gaura Purnima’ festival, scheduled to be held on March 20 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, founder of the Krishna school of thought. A team of 100 devotees on a spiritual sojourn of the southern states had reached the temple city a couple of days ago and embarked on a ‘Hari Nama Nagara Sankeerthana’ chanting the name of lord Krishna and going around the town. The troupe started at the Radha Govinda Girirajji Mandir (Lotus Temple) and passed through Kapila theertham road, Tilak road and Town Club to reach the temple near Alipiri. Led by Uttamasloka Das and Yuga Avathari Das, both devotees from Russia, the devotees -including a large number of women- danced and swayed to the beat of the percussion and cymbals, capturing the attention of the passersby.
The local ISKCON temple has also announced that ‘Gaura Purnima’ will be observed in the form of a grand function.