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ISKCON team to spread spiritualism

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Women monks from 50 countries to undertake South India tour Woman monks from 50 countries to undertake South India tour



LOST IN DEVOTION: Hare Krishna devotees from western countries swaying in ecstasy while singing a `bhajan' at ISKCON's Radha Govinda temple in Tirupati on Friday. — Photo: KV Poornachandra Kumar

Tirupati: While ISKCON's founder Srila Prabhupada spread Indian culture in the west, these western devotees are here to teach spiritualism to Indians.

A huge contingent of Hare Krishna devotees, including a sizeable number of "Mathajis" (women monks), from 50 countries have arrived here from Kolkata on a South India tour.

The 220-strong contingent offered prayers at the Venkateswara temple at Tirumala and performed a `Nagara Sankeertana' on the four mada streets encircling the temple on Friday. Under the guidance of ISKCON's global head, Tridandi Jayapataka Swami Maharaj, they will be touring places of worship such as Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Srirangam, Kumbakonam, Rameswaram, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Tiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and Udupi, in the process, holding roadside congregations.

While Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had undertaken a similar programme 500 years back, we too aim to spread eternal love and the latent magical power of `Hare Krishna mantra', Jayapataka Swamy told media persons. According to him, the spiritual tour was meant to propagate the culture and heritage of Sanatana Dharma, besides showing to the world where peace, unity and prosperity lay.

While the western youth was shedding its materialistic outlook to lead a simple living by embracing Krsna faith, he regretted that Indians, the very inheritors of the legacy, were ignoring the valuable treasure-trove in their possession. He explained that like himself, a number of Christians, Jews, and Muslims from several European and Middle East nations had voluntarily joined the movement after experiencing the eternal bliss in chanting `Hare Krishna' mantra.

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