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This text is in response to requests from some devotees who have written and asked us for more information about the upcoming festival in Mayapur.
As you may have heard, the festival in Mayapur for Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami’s disappearance has become very popular. Usually 200 to 500 devotees attend including anywhere from 15 to 50 sannyasis and senior devotees. We feel that Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja would be pleased with the program as everyone gets a lot of exposure to his tapes and books and we make a lot of friends and good contacts for this service.
The last two years Gopal Jiu Publications has sponsored Damodar Giri Prabhu's visit to Mayapur (see the below blog on last years festival). Everyone loves his kirtan. It’s a very powerful cultural addition to the festival. Many devotees commented they felt they were the highlight of the program. Last year in addition to Damodar Prabhu we also brought eight other devotees from their Gadeigiri kirtan group to help accompany him. This year we would like to bring ten devotees in total. The exact number we bring will be dependent on how much funds we are able to collect.
We need to collect US $2,482.00 of which we have already received pledges for $1,500. As soon as we collect our goal we will post a notice here informing everyone that we don't need any more money for the festival. If we collect over the amount we will inform the particular donars and they can either get their money back or use it for extras at the festival (more flowers and prasadam) or if they like it can be used for our book publishing efforts.
You will find below a breakdown of approximate costs for the festival. Naturally the festival is subject to however much we are able to collect. If we don’t collect enough we will cut back on some items of the program.
We hope that all is well for your bhajan. If you have any further questions or comments you can write them here or contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri Guru Vaishnava kripa prarthi, Madhavananda Das