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International Festival of Yoga

Caracas, Venezuela
19-21 June 2015


For three days from 19 to 21 June the devotees from Venezuela and Colombia participated in the International Festival of Yoga held yearly in Caracas, Venezuela, representing and preaching on behalf of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Sripad Hari Kirtan Prabhu was one of the organisers of the festival and through him the devotees could take a prominent part and preach extensively through the Odissi dances, kirtans, books, as well as stalls with ethnic clothing and various savouries. This festival also was a very good opportunity to gain TV coverage and promote Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math among such influential personalities as the ambassadresses of India (Smita Purushottam), Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and others.

Sending these pictures, the devotees write: "Hari Kirtan Prabhu invited us to participate [in this festival] as his offering to Srila Acharya Maharaj, and we are very happy to offer this seva and our dandavat pranams to the lotus feet of our dearmost Srila Acharya Maharaj and to all the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math family."





A TV footage was shot showing the preaching of the devotees.




Many devotees served hard during these three days at the book, clothes and savouries stalls.


The overall view of the trade venue.






The kirtan party.


In-between the performances, Madhurani Devi Dasi happily joined the preaching as far as possible...


...along with the rest of the team.










Madhurani Devi Dasi is explaining the meaning of the song "Bhaja hu re mana" that is about to be sung.


Following the explanation of the meaning of the song, the ladies performed a thematic dance.
In the picture: Rukmini Devi Dasi performing, Koladwip Prabhu singing and playing kartals,
Balaram Prabhu playing the mridanga.





The performance part of the festival was hosted by Manjari Devi Dasi.


Between the performances the devotees came up to the stage and chanted kirtan.








Rukmini Devi Dasi


Madhurani Devi Dasi










The main stage.


Smita Purushottam, the ambassadress of India, and Madhurani Devi Dasi.















The ambassadors of various countries that attended the festival.


Smita Purushottam with the devotees: Rukmini Devi Dasi, Indumati Devi Dasi,
and Madhurani Devi Dasi.


The ambassadress of Thailand posing for a photo with the devotees.







Hari Kirtan Prabhu (on the right) making the final speech.


His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj was pleased to see that the devotees continue preaching enthusiastically despite the difficult situation in the country.



If you want to sing Sri Krishna kirtan, you must be very careful, very affectionate, and
do it with much love, then you will get the adhikar, the right, to sing Sri Krishna kirtan.