Maharaja’s stay in Durban continued with a function on the South Coast of Kwa-zulu Natal that was hosted by HG Haridev. It was held in a rented hall and well attended. The program for the evening consisted of a performance by a Bhajana Band, kirtanas by Maharaja, talks from both HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja and HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, and featured a newly released movie by HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja.
On Saturday (17 September), Maharaja flew to Pretoria, to be part of the first Ratha Yatra ever held there. Devotees from all over South Africa and some from Swaziland graced this grand event. Ecstatic kirtanas were led by great kirtaniers like HH Kadamba Kanana Maharaja, HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, HG Mahaprabhu and HG Savya Saci. The occasion was blessed with wonderful weather as the devotees pulled Their Lordships Jagannatha Baladeva and Subhadra Devi through the city to Pretoria’s Union State building were the festival site was set up. It was quite impressive to see the devotees having their international ‘Festival of chariots’ in the governmental area of South Africa’s capital city.
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