Manipal chants ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’1 min read
Manipal: The celebrations of the harvest festival, Sankranti was organized by International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, Mangaluru at Fortune Inn ValleyView Hotel on the evening of January 17.
“It took us ten days of rigorous planning and work to organize this event, and we have worked very hard to make it a success. It has been organized under OASIS, an initiative by the organization to provide the water of spirituality to a spiritually deserted place like Manipal. It orients students towards their goals, and builds them mentally, psychologically and spiritually, boosting their Vedic knowledge,” said one of the organizers, a member of the youth wing of ISKCON.
His Grace Karunya Sagar Dasa, President of Akshaya Patra, Manguluru, and ISKCON, Manguluru, was the special guest for the event. In his speech, he explained how the human mind could be at peace, and about the superiority of God. He emphasized on how change must come from within, while stressing on the importance one’s efforts.
The function had various events, including a video show, the inspirational talk by the chief guest, games, Bhajan and an Aarti. It ended with the chanting of the ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ verse and the distribution of Prasadam.
Programmes like this have been organised regularly in Manipal in the last few years, and the last one was held at the same venue on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. ‘This is our first time in India, and we are looking forward to being surprised and experiencing the culture and traditions of this country,’ said Chris and Martin, two German students pursuing a double Masters degree in Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.
Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla