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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Helpers and Details of the 2006 Disappearance Festival for Srila Gour Govinda Swami

Vidvan Gauranga Prabhu and other devotees helping to serve out the feast for Srila Gour Govinda Swami's Disappearance festival

We haven’t updated the blog for several months. We hope to catch up a little with the following entry and intend to start posting regularly.

The following blog is a list of the devotees who helped to put this festival together. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make it a success.

2006 Festival Committee:

Madhavananda Das: Director, Program Emcee

Bhakta Pradosh: General Manager

Samba Das: VIP reception for the men

Damini Dasi: VIP reception for the ladies

Anupama Das: Visiting guest

Madanalasa Dasi: Visiting guest

This committee met a few days before the festival and again a few days after to discuss how to make things better for next year. This was the first year that we had the association of Samba Prabhu and Anupama Prabhu and his wife Madanalasa. With his friends amongst the senior devotees and his good sense of vaishnava etiquette Samba’s presence made a great difference. Anupama and Madanalasa took videos and photographs of the program and had many good suggestions for how to organize things. It was wonderful having their input; we hope that they will come every year.

Other assistance was kindly given by:

Bhakta Karlis: Photography and MP3 recordings

Bhakta Jason Rapp: General assistance

Amrita Charana Das: General assistance

Bhakta Bipin: General assistance

Bhagavan Das: Cooking and pujari-seva for Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja’s puspa samadhi.

Suprasad Das: Cooking and pujari-seva for Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja’s puspa samadhi.

Long before the festival started, Bhakta Karlis was hard at work here in Bhubaneswar producing a high quality DVD video production with English subtitles of a lecture by Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. During the festival in Mayapur he was in charge of operating the DVD player to show the video and he also managed to take pictures and making recordings of the talks and bhajans. Aside from all of that he also found time to occasionally help with the book table. He was very professional in his work, a dear friend, and a great help. Another dear friend, the gentle Bhakta Jason was also running around, helping to take care of the guests. He was also fanning them on stage for some time to keep the mosquitoes away. Amrita Charan Prabhu, and Bhakta Bipin also helped in many ways, by cleaning, helping decorate the pandal and the samadhi, bringing prasadam, serving out the devotees and many other things. They worked very hard and were integral in the success of the festival. Lastly but not least, Bhagavan and Suprasad Prabhus worked very hard cooking, and doing all of the puja for Maharaja’s puspa samadhi Our sincere appreciation for the efforts of all these devotees, without whose input this program would not have taken place.


The following devotees kindly contributed and supported the festival this year:

Bhakta Krishna Murthi, Bhaktin Cindy, Dhanya Dasi, Madhava Pandit and Deva Deva Dasi, Matheesha, Purusottam Tirtha and Sita Devi Dasi, Puskaraksa and Lopamudra (sponsored the entire feast), Radha Nama, Sarva Drk, Tota Gopinath, Vaidehi Mutylal.

Feast Servers:

Our thanks to the following devotees who volunteered to serve out the feast in honor of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Maharaja:

Akincana Das, Anupama Das, Bhakta Antonio, Bhakta Barry, Bhakta Damodar, Bhakta Mahendra, Bhakta Pradosh, Bhakta Ruben, Bhakta Sergio, Damini Dasi, Gopijanavallabha Das, Gopijanavallabha Das, Gunarnava Das, Jaya Gopal Das, Kalavati Dasi, Krishna Kishore Das, Krishna Mishra Das, Lilavati Dasi, Madanalasa Dasi, Madhavananda Das, Nilambara Krishna Das, Sadashiva Kaviraj Das, Sri Chaitanya Das, Suprasad Das, Vidvan Gauranga Das.

Preparations for the feast included:

Sukta, Dahl, Khir, Curd Subji, Lemon Drink, Plain rice, Puris, Pasta, a second Subji, Pakoras, Fancy Rice, Sweet Yoghurt.

Click here to see pictures from the festival

Click here to download a copy of the festival financial report


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