Once again, the Ratha Yatra in Lenasia, Johannesburg took place on the 3-4 December. The special guests were Mahavisnu Swami, Madhava Maharaja, Bhakti Brhad Bhagavata Swami, Bhakti Vasudeva Swami, Ram Govinda Swami, Bhakti Caitanya Swami and of course Kadamba Kanana Swami. The Ratha Yatra procession was bejeweled with wonderful kirtanas. Devotees were dancing to Mahavisnu Maharaja’s transcendental accordion playing, as well as to Kadamba Kanana Swami’s kirtana who once again rocked the whole procession!
In the actual festival site, which was situated just next to the ‘Gandhi Hall’, numerous activities were going on. Kadamba Kanana Maharaja was speaking in the Sadhu lounge, a nice little arrangement, in which he gave a talk in a rather confidential atmosphere.
After that he answered all kinds of questions in the Q&A tent. In the end of both the programs, Maharaja distributed small sets of Srila Prabhupada’s books. The idea of these books is that the buyer does not take them for himself but rather distributes these few books to make a contribution to Srila Prabhupada’s December Marathon. Additionally Maharaja gifted the devotees with his new small book ‘Nothing but the Holy Name, Part 2’, which is compiled by his disciples and contains a lot of inspiring quotes about the chanting of Hare Krsna.
The next day, Maharaja was again speaking in the Sadhu lounge, pushing the same program. At noon time the festival ended with a final Kirtana performed by Mahavisnu Swami, Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja and Kadamba Kanana Maharaja.
Enjoy the pictures!
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