Nathdwara Yatra with H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami
BY: MADHAVA DAS (BVKS) & BHAKTA NIRAV GAJJAR
Sep 08, NATHDWARA, INDIA (SUN) A three day Sridham Nathdwara yatra was conducted on 4th, 5th and 6th of September 2009 by BVKS yatra committee. ISKCON devotees from all over the world (Kuwait, Dubai, US, UK, China, Russia and India) had gathered in the Laxmi Palace in Nathdwara, Rajasthan for this yatra. The yatra was lead by the ISKCON Maharaj, His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj with around 500 devotees
The activities for the three days yatra comprised of darshan of Shrinathaji, standard ISKCON morning program, hearing and chanting the holy name of the Lord, nagar sankirtan and book distribution. During the yatra the devotees had distributed books worth Rs. 30,000. It was observed that the residents of Nathdwara who had bought the ISKCON books were keenly reading the books.
On 5th September, themain priest of Shrinathji temple, Shri Narahariji, came to meet Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj. Shri Narhariji has undergone bypass heart surgery and the doctors have strictly advised him not to speak much. Inspite of this restriction Shri Narahariji came to meet Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj with full enthusiasm and also delivered a short lecture glorifying His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and the ISKCON movement. One of the associates who had accompanied Shri Narahariji was very much inspired by the yatra program and commented that ISKCON should every year conduct such yatra and should also open up an ISKCON temple in Nathdwara.
On 6th September there was an article in Dainik Navjyoti newspaper about ISKCON's Nathdwara yatra, lecture delivered by Bhakti Vikas Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita and meeting of Bhakti Vikas Maharaj with Sri Narahariji on 5th September.
Bhakti Vikas Maharaj was very much pleased with the service provided to Shri Nathaji by Shri Narahariji and his associates. Maharaj especially appreciated the Shringhar of Shri Nathaji that is being performed eight times a day and also the aristocratic prasad such as king size sweets prepared for Shri Nathaji.
On 4th and 5th September there was nagar sankirtan performed in the streets of Nathdwara in and around the Shrinathji temple.
On 6th September evening the yatra continued in Udaipur, Rajasthan with nagar sankirtan in the streets in and around the Agrawal hall. Following the nagar sankirtan was lecture delivered by Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj and His Grace Basu Ghosh Prabhu (temple president of ISKCON Baroda).
Overall the Nathdwara yatra received very much appreciation from the residents of the Nathdwara.