Thousands visit ISKCON Leicester for Kirtan Fest and Heritage Open Days
By Nimai Devi Dasi
ISKCON Leicester concluded World Holy Name Week with Kirtan Fest–24 hours of kirtan in the City of Leicester on 13-14 September.
Over two thousand people attended Kirtan Fest from all over the country.
The cream of mostly British kirtan leaders including Amala Harinama Das, Nadiya Mani Devi Dasi, Nama Rasa Das and Tulasi Sutaria, Radha Londonisvara Dasa, Kavi, Nimai Gadhvi and many others lead participants in chanting Hare Krishna at Leicester’s newly acquired property.
The highlight of the weekend was a maha street harinama on the Saturday night, where the devotees practically danced out of the temple and around the City Centre. A local Police Sergeant even joined in the dancing and commented that he wished they could be on harinama all night.
This year’s Kirtan Fest coincided with Leicester City Council’s Heritage Week, which celebrated the City’s architecture and history. Visitors came to see the magnificent and historic ISKCON Centre on Granby Street and were able to participate in the kirtan and enjoy the spiritual nature of the building and its community. Local media outlets also encouraged people to visit the Centre over the weekend.
“Guests were literally walking in off the street, attracted by the sound of the kirtan,” said Temple President Pradyumna Das. “Many came to see inside the building, but joined in the chanting, took prashadam, and left with Srila Prabhupada’s books. People were visibly moved, and had a full and lasting experience.”
Next year’s Kirtan Fest will take place on 26th and 27th September 2015.