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100,000 Attend Ratha-yatra in L.A.
At the recent Ratha-yatra festival in Los Angeles, Bahadaka dasa (center) and his fellow devotees from Vancouver lead the chanting of Hare Krsna
Los Angeles—This summer a record 100,000 people took part in the fifth annual Hare Krsna Ratha-yatra Festival of the Chariots at Venice Beach, California—the largest such festival in the Western Hemisphere. The thousands who followed the chariots down the beach promenade arrived at a four-acre park, where they discovered elephant rides, a multicourse feast; video exhibits, children’s drama, fine art, sculpture, and continuous entertainment,
The all-day entertainment featured Dr. L. Subramaniam, classical Indian violinist, Srimati Jayalaksmi, one of India’s foremost singers, and Alia Rakha, India’s leading tablet drum player, Bahudaka dasa and other devotees from the Hare Krsna center in Vancouver sent amplified, pulsating Hare Krsna mantras out to the crowd, and visitors, local Los Angelenos, and devotees danced together in ecstasy for hours.
Scholar Praises Biography Of Srila Prabhupada
Canberra, Australia—Dr. R.K. Barz, of the Department of Asian Studies, Australian National University, has reviewed Planting the Seed and A Lifetime in Preparation, the first two volumes of the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami.
Dr. Barz writes: “No one who reads these books could fail to be impressed. . . . Both A Lifetime in Preparation and Planting the Seed are essential reading for anyone interested either in Indian devotional religion or in current trends in modern religious life.”
New Spanish Book A Best-Seller In Latin America
Los Angeles—The Spanish division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has announced the publication of Teachings of Queen Kunti in Spanish. The book consists of a series of prayers from the devotional classic Srimad-Bhagavatam, with commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Translated by Virabahu dasa, Las Ensenamas Misticas de la Reina Kunti has won such a following among people in Central and South America that the first printing of 65,000 has quickly sold out. “We’ve printed an additional 57,000 copies,” said His Holiness Radha-Krsna Swami, head of the Spanish Book Trust, “but we expect those to be gone long before Christmas.”