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A report on Damodara Yatra 2011 in Balaramdesh
The month of Karthik and Damodara Yatra is a very joyous and festive occasion in Balaramdesh for all the devotees and year 2011 was no exception. The Damodara Yatra commenced on 12 October 2011 and concluded on 10 November 2011. This time around, there were 24 team leaders who spread out all over Balaramdesh freely distributing the nectar of the Damodara Leela, the sweet nectarean past times of Lord Sri Krishna in Vrindavan. We had a kick off meeting with all the team leaders 1 week prior to the commencement of the Yatra just to brief all the team leaders about various aspects of the Yatra.
All the team leaders included 1 or 2 families along with them to make the team strength approximately 5-6 devotees. All the team leaders and team members started calling and enrolling prospective houses for the visit 1 week prior to the commencement of the Yatra. In the meanwhile, the Damodara Kit was assembled and all the team leaders were asked to collect the giveaway kits 2 days prior to the commencement of the Yatra.
The giveaway kit comprised of the following items :
The duration of the Damodara programme was around 75 to 90 minutes and in some cases would even extend to 105 to 120 minutes depending on the interest of the host and his guests. The program comprised of the following :
The response that we have been receiving for this Damodara Yatra programme year after year has been quite overwhelming and proves to us that the potential for preaching Krishna Conciousness is infinite as that of the process itself and if anything is lacking, it is our effort and not the process. Many house holders we visited had invited their friends and relatives and hence many people got the opportunity to recite Damodara Ashtaka and perform Arati to Lord Damodara Bhagavan.
Many house holders would even call us voluntarily to book the program and also arrange for a feast and it was indeed very exhilarating experience all throughout the month of Karthik.
The following are the details of the Damodara Yatra 2011.
The names and Email addresses of the new households whom we visited have been included in the mailing list and all the activities of the temple will be notified to these people encouraging them to visit Iskcon Bahrain temple.
Team leaders who conducted the Damodara yatra are as follows :
1 Udara Kirti Chaitanya Das
2 Sumadura Chaitanya Das
3 Raganuga Bhaktiman Dasa / Jagadeeswara Chaitanya Dasa
4 Nitya Keshava Das / Ranjana Hari Das
5 Varada Gopal Das
6 Krishna Bhadran Das
7 Chitta Hari Chandra Das
8 Sahishnu Krishna Das
9 Vraja Narayana Das
10 Satchidananda Govinda Das
11 Aniruddha Seva Das
12 Sridhari Madhav Das
13 Gopijana Krishna Das
14 Arjuna Keshava Das
15 Sundara Kania Das
16 Rasika Govinda Das
17 Pavan Nimai Das
18 Nandasuta Govinda Das
19 Balawant Das
20 Jagadeeswara Madhava Das
21 Deenanath Giridhari Das
22 Subuddhi Nitai Das
23 Rukmini Preeti Devi Dasi
24 Apoorva Gopika Devi Dasi
We are all grateful to our beloved Guru Maharaj H.H. Jayapataka Swami for introducing this wonderful program all over the Middle East and many other parts of the world. We have already distributed Bhagavad Gita As it is 2 years back along with the Damodara Gift pack and we are planning to distribute “Krishna” book for year 2012, Guru Maharaj and Krishna willing.
Many devotees have worked tirelessly for the success of this Yatra in preparing the Damodara Gift packs, logistics, booking etc. It would not be possible to name all of them here, however, there is no doubt that Guru Maharaj’s blessings will be bestowed on all of them for advancement in Krishna Conciousness.
Last but not the least, we are once again offering our humble obeisances and thanks to our beloved Guru Maharaj’s feet for empowering us to provide an opportunity for so many people to perform Arati for Lord Damodara Bhagavan.
Aspiring to be a dust at the lotus feet of our beloved Guru Maharaj
Raganuga Bhaktiman Dasa