I am extremely delighted to present to you the very first edition of our monthly Kirtan Ministry Newsletter, entitled ‘Kirtan World’At the 2020 ISKCON Annual General Meeting in Mayapur, a resolution was passed to reconstitute the “World Holy Name Committee to the ISKCON “Harinam Sankirtan Ministry.” The first major event organised by this committee was the World Holy Name Festival between 17 to 23 September 2020. Senior devotees from all over the world participated, and successfully established harinama-sankirtana as the yuga-dharma of this age. In keeping with this concept, the vision of this Kirtan Ministry is, “Chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra should be enthusiastically embraced as a prominent means of spiritual awakening to promote peace and unity throughout the World.” It is with this purpose in mind that we have embarked on presenting our first Newsletter.
In this newsletter you will find activities that have taken place, upcoming events, inspirational moments, japa affirmation, interesting facts and much more. This introductory edition covers events and activities that took place from December 2020, as well as some events in January 2021 and we sincerely hope you enjoy reading it. The Kirtan Ministry and ISKCON centres around the world ushered in the new year with chanting and kirtan. The amazing spirit of chanting was not damped, even by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary the Kirtan Ministry used this global, virtual space to permeate the chanting of the holy name throughout the world with great vigour. The ‘Chant with Humanity’ program was a selfless effort encouraging people to chant the holy names of the Lord for the welfare of humanity at large, especially during these pandemic times.
The newsletter brings to focus Padayatra which is described as a ”walking festival’ and its principal purpose is to bring the holy name to more and more towns and villages. All India Padayatra who have walked around 200000 kilometres is known as the ‘mother of all Padayatras.’ Be inspired to go on Padayatra by reading about the momentous occasion where they were lauded in Dwaraka upon the completion of their historic six Pan-Indian tour.
We hope that with every issue you will be enthused to interact and participate in the activities which will be co-ordinated by a Kirtan Ministry team. By reading Kirtan World, you are sure to experience a spiritual awakening which will draw you closer to the Lord. In these uncertain times chanting of the holy names is the only way, so please keep up the chanting spirit and let us make 2021 a memorable chanting-filled year.
My best wishes upon you all and may you all develop a taste for chanting the holy names of God. Spread and share Kirtan World with all.
ISKCON Kirtan Minister
~ Srila Prabhupada, New York, April 19, 1973
ISKCON Kirtan Ministry and JSSS Worldwide organised a 12 hour Kirtan festival for the recovery of HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja and others affected by Covid 19.
This was a true team collaboration between the leadership team of the Kirtan Ministry and JSSS Worldwide (Jayapataka Swami Maharaja’s Disciples Network). We had 12 hours of Kirtan by well known kirtaniyas and sannyasis from all over the world such as Sacinandana Swami, Lokanath Swami, Bhakti Dhir Damodara Swami, Sundara Caitanya Goswami Maharaja, Swarupa Damodara Dasa, Caitanya Cintamani Devi Dasi, Sangita Devi Dasi, just to name a few. A heartfelt thank you to them for offering their kirtans for the recovery of Jayapataka Swami Maharaja.
It was aired on ISKCON Kirtan Ministry Facebook page (like the page to keep up with kirtan www.bit.ly/ISKCONKirtanMinistryFB) and also on the Hare Krishna TV Youtube page thanks to Parampara Vani Prabhu (Subscribe via the link www.bit.ly/HareKrsnaTV).
And finally thank you to all of you joined in online! We will be hosting kirtan on a monthly basis so please keep an eye out for the next one.
Jagannatha Kirtanananda Dasa
Madhavi Gauri Devi Dasi
Kirtan Ministry organised a New Year’s Eve Kirtan Mela with six hours of back to back, soul stirring kirtan by leading sannyasi kirtaniyas. We bid farewell to 2020 in true ISKCON sadhu sanga style, in the glorious association of BB Govinda Maharaja, Sacinandana Maharaja, Bhaktimarga Maharaja, Lokanath Maharaja, Bhakti Ananta Krishna Goswami Maharaja and Sundara Caitanya Goswami Maharaja. Together, one hour after another they led us into 2021 chanting of the holy names of the Lord. There could have been no better way than to step, or rather dance into 2021.
This entire program was broadcasted non-stop, for 24hrs, starting at 6pm IST on 31 December 2020, on ISKCON Kirtan Ministry Facebook Page, Kirtan Fest Global Online Facebook Group, Mayapur TV & ISKCON desire tree - Hare Krsna TV Youtube Channel.
No matter where you were ISKCON Kirtan Ministry was at your side welcoming in 2021 with kirtan and special new year blessings for you.
Govind Charan Dasa
ISKCON Pune celebrated the auspicious occasion of Vaikuntha Ekadasi, with great fervour on 25 December 2020 from 6p.m. - 8p.m.
From His beautifully decorated palanquin, Lord Balaji was regally placed to give darshan to the huge crowd which had gathered at the massive six acre campus of ISKCON NVCC. The Grand palanquin procession of Lord Balaji along with his eternal consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi, attracted many devotees.
The whole campus reverberated with loud chants of the Lord’s holy names which was accompanied by the graceful dancing of the devotees. The atmosphere was infused with ecstasy. Enthusiastic kirtan was led by Radheshyam Prabhu, the Temple President of ISKCON NVCC, Pune.
The two hour long procession was the beginning of a 24 hour kirtan in temple hall on this day of Moksada Ekadasi
Govind Charan Dasa
A small Indian village, Mirgesar in the Indian State of Rajasthan houses a small temple of Sri Sri Radha Gopala. On 25 December 2020, the auspicious occasion of Gita Jayanti the villagers took up two glorious activities - chanting the maha-mantra and distributing books.
The day commenced with the reading of Bhagavad-Gita in which 15 ladies participated. This was followed by book distribution. Our team is extremely elated because after this endeavour each and every house in Mirgesar has its own copy of Bhagavad-Gita. The entire day was divided into one hour slots where a devotee led the chanting of the maha-mantra.
A big New Year’s Eve Harinam Sankirtan program welcomed in 2021 with the chanting of the holy names. They also plan to conduct Harinam Sankirtan on every Ekadasi.
The small village with big plans to spread and glorify the holy names of the Lord.
Akinchan Bhakta Dasa