In Rajkot, Gujarat people came in by the droves for the Hare krishna Festival!
Indradyumna Swami: This evening at our festival in Rajkot, Gujarat people came in by the droves. At one point I turned to a security guard and asked, “Sir, how many people are here?” Not taking his eyes off the entrance to the field he replied, “Eight thousand and counting.” As I walked onto the stage to give a lecture later in the program I looked out at the mass of people and thought, “Srila Prabhupada, I live for this and this only. Please continue to give me service to your lotus feet birth after birth.”
“I have very much appreciated hearing from you the news of your success in your preaching tour. That is very important portion of India and there is much to do there in future. So you are paving the way. Therefore I am requesting that both of you with your party join me very soon at the Hare Krsna Festival in Bombay, Cross Maidan. At least you should come by January 1st. This is our big opportunity to emphasize our preaching strength to the big men of India and population in general. I think that you will enjoy preaching in that way and I want to place my best preachers there for that purpose. Kindly oblige and do the needful.”
[ Srila Prabupada letter to Yasodanandana and Gurukripa, December 21, 1972 ]