A three day repose had us back in FOI HQ, Sandy Ridgeâ€™s own Prabhupada Village.
Jagannatha Puri Dhama Prabhu, who has been with FOI since the summer of â€™03 was scheduled to be tested for a CDL (commercial driverâ€™s license) on the Thursday we needed to depart in order to be in Chicago. The pressure was on! By the grace of Lord Sri Krsna, Jagannatha Prabhu passed the complex and difficult test without difficulty, other than being admittedly, â€œvery nervousâ€. Hare Krishna!
New Rama Reti (Alachua, Florida)
2007 Kuli Mela
Tuesday evening June 12th, FOI and vehicles, safely situated in New Rama Reti Dhama. The order of the week: to facilitate the KULI MELA (A festival conducted by vaisnava-devotee- youth).
Great numbers of â€œkulisâ€ reside in the Alachua area and they certainly place their best feet forward in organizing and maintaining a proper program of festivities. (Read on for more)
New York, New York- The Miracle on 5th Avenue
Arriving just in time for the Brooklyn temple Sunday Feast serve out, the Festival of India crew camped at the doorstep of the Sri Sri Radha-Govinda Mandir. Throughout the weeklong stay, FOIâ€™s willing helpers assisted in preparations for the Saturday extravaganza- Ratha-yatra on 5th Avenue and Festival of India in Washington Square Park. On Wednesday evening, the Festival of India Players presented dramatic entertainment in the form of â€œDhrtarastra Quits Homeâ€- a play based on the thirteenth chapter of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.
The Schermerhorn Street temple buzzed with activities related to the free feast for thousands. With the advice and approval of Mother Satya and Ramabhadra prabhus and
the final arrangements conducted by His Holiness Romapada Swami, we were set to go.
May 18, 2007 6A.M., the roar of the Festival of India tractor and trailer broke the silence of the chill morning air as Madhuha Prabhu and his crew departed Prabhupada Village Sandy Ridge, North Carolina.
Madhuhaâ€™s co-driver, Jagannatha Puri Dhama Dasa was behind the wheel as Prabhupada Villageâ€™s best boys crowded the bunks. The crew included Vrndavana, Janardana, and Madhuha Prabhuâ€™s second son, Ramananda. With only brief stops to switch drivers, we arrived in Potomac, Marylandâ€™s New Hastinapura Dhama just in time to witness the noon arotik and accept delicious prasadam. This Washington temple has engaged FOI twice per year for a long time. On the Fourth of July for the Independence Day extravaganza on the D.C. mall and in the autumn, FOI returns to set-up on the temple grounds for the Victory Celebration of Lord Ramacandra.
Hare Krsna everyone,
I just received these flyers for the 2007 New York and Cleveland Ratha- yatras, so I figured I'd share them with you. I'll post more as they come in. If you click on them, you can see the full size image.
more information at festivalofindianyc.com
more information can be found at The Hare Krishna Youth Ministry's Bus Tour Website
Hare Krsna to all,
Well, this week we've added some photos from the Tampa Bay Ratha Yatra and Festival of India(many thanks to Bhakta Tony Parrino for his efforts), updated the Baltimore Festival Page, and did some other tweaks for a few errors. Keep your eyes open for last years flyers for inspiration and/or direction on your own this year.
At your service,
-Jaganntha Puri Dhama Dasa
* Bright New Multi-Colored Tent Tops
* All Festival Of India's Exhibit Panels are being updated and repaired, to excellent condition
* New "Who Is Prabhupada" Exhibit under construction, will be ready for the upcomimg festival--Baltimore (see draft of the first panel of this new exhibit below)
* Two new 30' x 45' Performance Tents to replace the 40' x 60' tent
* Stage-Mobile, Mobile Stage will increase impact and flexibility of Festival Of India's dynamic presentations
* Click here to help Festival Of India bring the above enhancements to all the festivals
Hare Krishna everyone,
With two festivals notched on our belt, (University of Florida in Gainesville and Tampa Bay), we're coming closer and closer to the full-fledged 2007 Festival of India tour. What that means is currently, we're endeavoring our very best to make sure that everything this year is in tip top shape. Panels are being restored and new one's designed, ideas are being channeled to sort out what is feasible and practical, and thus far our best tangible addition has been the brightly colored brand new tent tops for our tents.
Festival of India Tour in Brazil finished on Jan 28th with great success. Around 30 devotees have traveled together over than 700 miles thourgh beautiful brazilian coasts taking diferent aspects of India.
We got many facilities by the Cities Hall and specially the Consulate of India in Sao Paulo which became an important partner.
Now, we`ve just started FOI 2008 organization and we have been inviting youth from America to join us next January 2008!!!
the pictures attached are related to FOI Sao Paulo, the biggest of Latin America so far!!!