Monday, July 26, 2010

Jhulan Yatra Invitation 2010

 By Jhulan Festival... on Sat, 2010-07-24 12:47.
With great pleasure, we invite devotees worldwide to participate in the annual 2010 Jhulan Yatra Festival at Sri Dham Mayapur. Jhulan is one of the eternal Astaka Lila pastimes that Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Their associates perform daily in Gokul Vrindavan.  Each year we, the Mayapur Gurukula Alumnae & Mayapur Community Youth organize the Jhulan yatra festival for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhava under the guidance of H.G. Jananivas prabhu & H.G. Pankajanghri prabhu. It has become one of the highlight festivals of the year in Mayapur. Daily about 5000 devotees and pilgrims come to swing their Lordships from around Mayapur, Navadvipa and other localities. The festival also features melodious kirtans, stage programs; besides distributing thousands of plates of sumptuous prasadam. 
This year’s event will be graced and inaugurated by special guest: H.H. Jayapataka SwamiH.H. Bhakti Charu Swami and H.H. Bhakti Purrushottam Swami.
Jhulan begins from August 19th and continues until the 24th.
The daily program schedule is as follows:
4.45 PM
– Deities brought out from the temple in process with kirtan & taken to Gurukul
6.00 PM
– Sandhya arati
7.00 PM
– Bhajan & kirtan
8.00 PM
– Offering
8.15 PM
– Lamp offering & cultural programs
8.30 PM
– Bhajans continue
Please help us to continue and improve this wonderful service to Sri Sri Radha Madhava by giving a generous donation for this five- day festival.
You may sponsor any of the following:

Rs. 50,000
Rs. 25,000 
Daily prasadam distribution
Rs. 20,000
Flower decorations
Rs. 50,000
Flower abhishek
Rs. 10,000
Daily shoes for Sri Sri Radha Madhava
Rs. 3,000
Daily lamp offering
Rs. 3,000
Daily flower dress
Rs. 3,000
Daily Bhoga offerings for the Deities
Rs. 2,000
Rs. 50,000
Or any other amount you have in mind……….
To Donate Online, click here.
For remittance from abroad:
Account Name:     FCRA A/C ISKCON
Account Number: 2370100071336
Swift Code:          Axis INBB 005
For Remittance from India:
Account Name: ISKCON
Account Number:  237010100005944
Please send a confirmation e-mail to with the following details:
1. Name of donor
2. Exact date of remittance
3. Exact amount remitted 
4. Purpose of donation
Thank you. May you receive the blessings of Sri Sri Radha Madhava.
Your humble servants, 
Mayapur Jhulan Yatra Team 
For queries and further details contact us at:
+91-9732133729 or +91-03472-245-056 
Varnashrama bldg. ISKCON Mayapur, Dist Nadia, W.B., India 741313
Below is a personal invitation and description from H.G. Jananivas prabhu along with the e-pamphlet and donation list.
A personal Invitation
“Imagine a lake surrounded by flowering shrubs, illuminated by thousand of twinkling colored lights and with cooling water fountains shooting colorful droplets of water in the air, that gently cascade with a splashing sound, that accompanies the sweet kirtan, that permeates the entire atmosphere. In the center of the lake there is a pavilion which is covered with creeping flower vines, and within that grove there is an astonishing effulgent crystal Jhulan.  Suddenly, amidst a loud kirtan, Radha and Krsna appear being carried on a palanquin by their loving devotees. They cross the bridge and are seated on the Jhulan profusely decorated with flowers and gently swing, while being offered refreshments, arotiks and very unusual firework displays on the water. The devotees lovingly surround Sri Sri Radha Madhava and swing them to their hearts content, while gazing upon their splendid forms. No, No. This is not an imagination; it is not a dream and is it not a fairyland. It is real and it is happening now! Come to Mayapur Jhulan Yatra, a creation of the Mayapur Vaishnava Youth, with plenty of prasadam for all!!!” 
H.G. Jananivas Prabhu.

Gouranga Prasada Seva

"I want that you shall distribute prasadam at least to hundreds of persons daily, and advertise very widely all over Nadia Province for people to come there and take prasadam daily without charge. ... we can expand this program widely throughout India and become very much popular with the people as a whole. So try to expand this programas much as possible at Mayapur and let me know."
- (Srila Prabhupada, letter to Bhavananda Prabhu, 1 August 1972)

Early in 2010, Food for life Mayapur started a unique project for serving full-meal prasada to visiting pilgrims calledGauranga Prasada Seva. The project was inspired, named and guided by His Grace Jananivasa Prabhu. Despite its humble beginnings, this project is aiming at serving full-meal prasada to all visiting pilgrims.

Gauranga Prasada Seva program was inaugurated on 14th February 2010 by His Grace Jananivasa Prabhu and His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu, the head pujaris of ISKCON Mayapur.

Currently, we are feeding prasada meals to at least 100 visiting pilgrims per day. Each plate of prasada consists of rice, dal, seasonal subjis and sweet rice. Occasionally, additional items are served. We distribute coupons to those who attend the early morning darsana in the temple courtyard near Conch Building. The meals are served in the Brahmachari Prasada Hall between 12 to 1 in the afternoon.

The pilgrims express their gratitude to the Lord and His devotees who have sponsored the seva by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra before honoring the prasada. By serving the pilgrims in this way, one accumulates great piety and spiritual benefit (sukriti) for this life and the next.

The Vishnu-smriti says, "The goddess of fortune Lakshmi resides in those who are charitable."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Annadan Seva Appeal 2010

                              Hare Krishna!
This year's Janmashtami festival is just around the corner! I am happy to invite you and your family for the festival, as it is a great opportunity to rember and serve Lord Krishna on His auspicious appearance day. Year after year, thousands of devotee pilgrims pour into our ISKCON Mayapur campus and witness the wonderful and colorful Maha-Abhishek, Gita Dan and cultural events such as dramas, exhibits depicting Krishana lila, bhajans, Kirtans and of course enjoy having sumptuous Krishna Prasadam.

This is a great opportunity to serve the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. I humbly request you to Kindly donate generously towards the festival and Distribution of Krishna Prasadam on a massive scale. Every donation is gratefully received and appreciated.

The devotees who donate Rs. 500/- or more , will acknowledged in our website in our recent donor section on the right pannel. Please send your donation today, whatever the amount- it will help a lot!

Please take a few minute off your busy schedule and draw a tax-deductible cheque/DD in favor of "ISKCON" and don't forget to send the details through e-mail:

You are welcome to sponsor pilgrims prasada seva on the Janmastami day for the pilgrims and Gauranga Prasada seva for visitors. Feeding 400 small cups of prasadam to the pilgrims cost Rs. 1000 and a full meal for 100 vistor is Rs. 2000 on this Janmastami Festival. You can support as many as you can.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Announcement of new official FFL Mayapur website

By Sankarshan Nitai Das on Mon, 2010-07-12 10.10
Today we are very pleased to announce that FOOD FOR LIFE MAYAPUR (FFL Mayapur) has launched its new official website . This site will keep your informed of the latest prasada distribution programs conducted by ISKCON Mayapur as and when they happen. Please stay updated!

The website was inaugurated by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami on the auspicious Return Ratha-yatra Festival at Sri Mayapur on 21 July. Just after his inaugural click, we could hear the glories of Lord Jagannatha and Lord Sachinandana Gaurahari chanted by thousands of devotees who had assembled to pull Their Lordships' carts. The inauguration was also presided by His Grace Naru Gopal Prabhu, ISKCON Mayapur's Chief Executive Officer, who spoke words of encouragement and appreciation at the efforts of Food For Life Mayapur. The Director of FFL Mayapur, His Holiness Bhakti Purushottama Swami, and His Grace Jananivasa Prabhu have also blessed this sacred endeavor to provide a news outlet for this important activity of distributing Krishna-prasada to one and all.

Significantly, HH Jayapataka Maharaja was the devotee who was directly ordered by Srila Prabhupada to ensure that "no one within ten miles' radius of ISKCON Mayapur temple should go hungry". And Lord Jagannatha can be said to be the eternal FFL Deity as He descends to distribute His prasada liberally to all conditioned souls. Indeed, Lord Jagannatha can be worshipped simply by honoring and distributing His prasada.
At, our goal is to provide our visitors with both a comprehensive coverage of our permanent projects and their objectives, as well as current news in our four main fields of activity: (1) Inside Mayapur, (2) Ten miles around Mayapur, (3) Festivals, and (4) Outreach. The site also features a “Special Events to support” section in its homepage to get visitors acquainted with the most popuar sponsored prasada distribution events. Check our photo and video gallery today. We hope you like it; it will be of interest to a wide range of audience. Let us know what you think. On the right panel, you will be able to see our recent donors. Also there is dedicated space for e-newsletter subscription. We added social network to drop your positive and constructive suggestion and a frequently updated blog. So be at the latest.
Remember, is your charity giving gateway to support the needy, Srila Prabhupada and the Sri Mayapur, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates. Whether you are a simple householder or a corporate professional, we have something or the other for you to help. Every contribution is welcome and important for us to improve our activities which we will see reported at our site.
Help us spread the word about this site. We think this website is a great tool and is something that everybody can benefit from. So we would be really pleased if you tell your friends about Or, you could write about our site on your blog. Write to use at for permission to use our content, if you want to use them. Thank you for your support.
Yours in the service of the Godhead and humanity,
Sankarshan Nitai Das
Chairman, FFL Mayapur