World Holy Name Festival

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The basic tenet of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement is the chanting of the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

This easy, joyful method of meditation is open to all. It can be performed for one’s own purification or collectively, for the benefit of all. Chanting the maha-mantra cleanses the heart of material desire and allows one to develop a relationship with the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna.
The ISKCON World Holy Name Festival organizes an annual event to connect and combine efforts of all those who chant the Holy Names into a concentrated global effort. This year the worldwide event started on Friday September the 17th and ran for 2 weeks to end on Sunday the 3rd of October.
In Mauritius a series of programmes was organized.Sundara Lala prabh was the main coordinator. He was assisted by Kunjabihari prabhu and Acarya Ratna prabhu as well as the Harinam/Food For Life team. The first day opened with a Japathon Pledge at Hare Krishna Land, Phoenix, where devotees took individual vows to increase their chanting during the festival. The following day devotees gathered at 2.30am to start chanting 64 rounds of japa. Thereafter there were many congregational programmes: padayatras, harinams accompanied by Food For Life distribution, a college programme, a sanksrit presentation, a programme for the senior citizens at the Rose-Belle Centre, a Carnaval from Quatres Bornes to Rose-Hill, an Interfaith dialogue at the Municipality of Quatres Bornes where Sufis and devotees chanting the Holy Names in unison and Hare Krishna concerts where the Mauritian youth band, The Vaikuntha Vibes, attracted crowds.
Photos of the event may be viewed below.
Harinam at Flic-en-Flac
Interfaith Programme
Carnaval
Other Programmes