Tuesday Harinam

Our weekly Tuesday night harinam party has been going strong since 1997. The party organisers locate the routes so that each year all towns, villages and streets of Mauritius will have had the opportunity to join in the jubilant chanting of Hare Krishna. Another team goes beforehand to distribute invitations for the harinam in the area where the weekly event will be held and also to collect donations. The donations go towards the free bus service that brings devotees to and from the event, prasadam for distribution and a feast at the end of the procession. Along the way during the harinam, devotees distribute 500 packets of halvah prasadam prepared by the Food for Life team. Srila Prabhupada’s books are also distributed during the harinam. At 10 p.m, when the chanting and dancing comes to an end, the Food for Life team serves the participants a feast they have prepared.

The bus service picks up devotees at 5 p.m Everyone chants one round of japa together (newcomers are provided with japa beads). Melodious kirtan follows until the bus reaches its destination and the harinam starts (between 5 and 6pm).

The harinam sankirtan party is accompanied by a colourful chariot carrying Sri Sri Gaura-Nataraj (Deities of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda) and Srila Prabhupada. Flame torches lighting up the procession remind one of Lord Chaitanya’s magical harinam parties in Bengal. Srila Prabhupada's arati flame is also passed around for everyone to take blessings. Upon hearing the mridangas, kartals and bongo drums accompanied by the chanting of Hare Krishna, the inhabitants rush out of their homes to greet the party. Many dance along with the devotees or follow them.

So next time you see the jubilant harinam party in your locality, don’t miss the chance to dive into the nectarean ocean of the holy name! Please stay until the end and join us for the feast.

If you would like the free bus service to pick you upon the way to harinam or you would like to have a harinam party visit your locality please contact: Sevanistha Das on 768 0680