International Society for Krishna Consciousness - Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Lord visits His beloved devotee
February 15, 2021

  By Damodarleela dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader On January 25, 2021, padayatra reached Kaneri, a village in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Our senior God-brother, Brajkishor dasa, has been performing sankirtan in Kolhapur for twenty-one years and is in charge of that service there. A few years ago, when the All-India Padayatra was in Kolhapur, […]

Good news: Padayatra Nepal gets under way
February 8, 2021

  By Dayal Gopal dasa, Nepal sankirtan preacher Padayatra in Nepal began on January 19, 2021. In a recent ISKCON Leadership Sangha (ILS-2020) our spiritual master, Lokanath Maharaja, instructed Nepal regional secretary Patri dasa to organize a padayatra in Nepal. Patri took Maharaja’s words to heart and discussed the idea with the Nepali devotees. A […]

Jalgaon’s fifth one-day walk provides relief from pandemic
February 6, 2021

By ISKCON Jalgaon president Paramatma dasa and Sarang Thakur dasa On January 26, 2021, the ISKCON devotees in Jalgaon in north-west Maharashtra held their fifth one-day padayatra. The date selected was a Sunday so that devotees from the surrounding district could attend. The purpose behind the padayatra was to connect people to the temple, as […]

Villagers extend a warm welcome alongside Marathi devotion
February 3, 2021

By Damodarleela dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader Padayatra reached Bastavade village in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district on January 21. When we went for advance party to the village the previous day the leaders happily received us and quickly arranged our accommodation. As the news spread that some saints would be arriving with a rath carrying the Lord […]

Sri Sri Nitai-Gaurasundar lead and give strength to padayatris
January 28, 2021

By Damodarleela dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader Srila Prabhupada expressed his desire, “We can introduce many millions of such carts all over the world,” and keeping that in mind our spiritual master, Lokanath Maharaja, ordered us padayatris to start the Maharashtra Padayatra. Although serving in the All-India Padayatra for ten years I was, nonetheless, not feeling […]

Raichur devotees walk to the Kallur Mahalaxmi of Karnataka temple
January 21, 2021

By Jaytirtha dasa, On January 3, 2021, the ISKCON devotees in Raichur, Karnataka, held their third one-day padayatra, the first padayatra in Raichur for three years. I was feeling morose after India’s Covid-19 lockdown and with the new year dawning had started to think about what we could do to please our spiritual master, Lokanath […]

The Lord sends a great soul to support padayatra
December 21, 2020

By Ritudvipa dasa, UP Padayatra leader Walking through the city of Kanpur and the surrounding villages during the first few days of the Uttar Pradesh Padayatra in September 2019 was a big challenge for us, as people in that area are not aware of padayatra culture. We had virtually no donations and had to rely […]

Uttar Pradesh padayatris heartened to recommence their preaching journey
December 18, 2020

By Ritudvipa dasa, UP Padayatra leader The coronavirus lockdown kept the Uttar Pradesh Padayatra confined to the village of Bhilwal 30km from Lucknow for five months, about forty per cent of the time since padayatra’s inauguration in September 2019. However, by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and our spiritual master, Lokanath Maharaja, the padayatris were […]

Solapur devotees boost Radhastami festivities at Sawantwadi centre
September 16, 2020

By Damodarlila dasa, Maharashtra Padayatra leader Confined to the Sawantwadi centre on Maharashtra’s Konkan coast for six months, the padayatris nonetheless enthusiastically helped the local congregation cap the festival season at a well-attended Radhastami celebration. Two days before the programme ISKCON Solapur temple commander Krishna Bhakta dasa called me with the good news that he […]

UP padayatris maintain lockdown rules throughout appearance day festivals
September 6, 2020

By Ritudvipa dasa and Rasutsava dasa Due to the coronavirus lockdown in India our padayatra has been confined to a village about 30km from Lucknow for five months. However, by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and our spiritual master, Lokanath Maharaja, we continue all our programmes and festivals while strictly observing social distancing. This is […]

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