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Joy Of Religious Belief Reflected At Yoga Mantra Festival

Joy Of Religious Belief Reflected At Yoga Mantra Festival

 

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BY CAINE CORREA

The ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple in Ngara, Nairobi joyfully celebrated its second Yoga Mantra Festival this past weekend. The first was held in 2018, its succession interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival is all about ‘Kirtan’, the prescribed devotion for its followers’ current era (Kaliyuga).

Kirtans have been taking place all over the world since time immemorial. The practice originated from the ISKCON Guru AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
The guru was a conduit of knowledge of the vedic scriptures. Following the bidding of his guru, he went to the West to spread this knowledge. He reignited the ISKCON movement in the world, sitting under a tree chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in Tompkins Square, New York City.  Although the devotees also chant to themselves daily, they also organise special chanting festivals. These consist of 12 hours of non-stop chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. With the accompanying dancing, musical instruments played by virtuosos followed by a food fest, it is indeed a festival of spiritual joy.  Pictured herein are images that showcase the many facets of the festival.

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