Mayapur Chandras' Music Rocks Dubai
Posted January 25, 2012
After much anticipation, the Mayapur Chandras, headed by Naru Gopal das, reached Damodardesh in Dubai on December 27 to welcome in the New Year with a ten-day Mayapur Kirtan festival. The days were packed with daily music classes for the local youth. Dasa Avatara das and Radha Kanta das taught a total of 25 students how to play traditional Bengali mridanga beats, while Sri Hari Kanta das taught another 30 students how to play harmonium. Parents expressed great surprise in seeing their children's enthusiasm to learn how to play in kirtans.
The Mayapur Chandras also held a Deity-worship seminar for more than 60 devotees, where devotees learned how to care for and dress their home Deities on a daily basis.
Kirtan and bhajans went on daily in the presence of many senior devotees such as HH Jayapataka Swami and Atul Krsna prabhu, who was holding Bhakti-sastri seminars. Their association increased the presence of Mayapur in Damodardesh and created a sweet mood.
Then on New Year's eve, the Mayapur Chandras held a special kirtan for five and a half hours. More than 700 devotees continuously sang and danced in ecstasy throughout that night. After the clock struck 12, the kirtan finally subsided, and a beautiful arati ceremony was performed to Sri Sri Krsna Balaram, Sri Jagannath, Baladev, and Subhadra devi, as well as Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Nrisimha prayers were sung for all the devotees' benefit, and everyone expressed their gratitude for the kirtan that night, some saying how they felt as if they were directly present in Sri Mayapur dham.
The program ended in Avatari desh with a grand Ratha Yatra festival for Lord Jagannath. There the Mayapur Chandras led another two hours of kirtan while 2,500 devotees danced and pulled the Lord's cart around the hall. Devotees were seen crying and expressing their appreciation for the kirtans and Sri Mayapur Dham.
The Mayapur Chandras would like to express their sincere and deep gratitude to Sri Vallabha prabhu and his whole team for inviting them to Damodardesh and for allowing them to serve the devotees by the performance of sankirtan yajna.
Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir ki jai! If any temple or any region would like to host Mayapur Chandras, please contact Naru Gopal das at naru-gopal.jps -at- pamho.net
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