Mumbai Part of Global Chant-Fest

Harinam by CMThe Mumbai chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will observe “World Holy Name Week,” a celebration of the spiritual practice of chanting God’s names beginning from 6 – 20 September 2009.

The event also marks the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON’s founder-acarya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada ‘s accepting vows of renunciation, or sanyasa, thus launching his mission to spread the chanting of God’s names around the world. Swami Prabhupada, who came to America by cargo ship in 1965 at the age of seventy, is honored as the first to carry the millennia-old tradition of Krishna worship–with its special emphasis on the Hare Krishna mantra, or sacred chant– outside of India.

Although the Hare Krishna mantra is rooted in the ancient Vaishnava faith, a monotheistic denomination within the broad Hindu tradition, the practice of chanting – individually and congregationally – is found in most faith traditions. “The Lord has millions of holy names and you can chant any one of them.” Swami Prabhupada wrote, “Each and every name of the Lord is full of potency.”

The Mumbai chapter will mark the occasion by fulfilling the vow to chant more than half a billion (50 crores) Holy Names. All the four ISKCON temples in Mumbai namely at Juhu, Chowpatty, Mira Road and Khargar shall participate in the event. Life members, well-wishers and devotees shall not only chant at their respective temples but also participate in harinam (street chanting of Holy Names). Program details are as follows:

Japa Marathon: Hundreds of devotees shall gather to chant on their japa beads.
Date: 13th and 20th September 2009
Time: 10am – 7pm
Harinam for World Peace: Well-wishers and devotees from the above mentioned four ISKCON temples are invited to pariticipate in a combined street procession chanting of Holy Names.
Details are :
Sat, 12 Sept: Harinam at Mira Road from 5:30 – 8pm
Sun, 13 Sept: Harinam at Khargar from 5:30 – 8pm
Sat, 19 Sept: Harinam at South Mumbai from 5:30 – 8pm
Sun, 20 Sept: Harinam at Juhu Beach from 5:30 pm – 8pm
All citizens of Mumbai are requested to participate in this spiritually uplifting event and visit their local temple for chanting and/or the harinam locations on the above mentioned dates.