By Ekalavya Das
The ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry was appointed this year by the GBC. The minister is Lokanath Swami. In one of its first initiatives, the Ministry began Kirtan Fest Global, a global brand to promote Kirtan Festivals throughout the world. What better place to start than Mother India?
Kirtan Fest Global organized the Kirtan Fest India Online for ISKCON India from 10th May - 17th May, 2020 from 9 am-9 pm, which was live streamed on Facebook. The event was so popular that the organizers extended from 7 days to 8 days for a total of 96 hours of Kirtan Fest India Online.
The purposes of the event were:
a) To provide an opportunity to ISKCON India's devotees to stay connected with each other even under this lockdown period through participating in non-stop 12 hour kirtans everyday.
b) To foster their connection and service to the holy names of the Lord.
c) To express our gratitude and appreciation to tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, police, government officers and all others who unselfishly put aside their own safety to protect those in need.
d) To pray for the welfare of all living entities during this Corona pandemic crisis in India and other countries by satisfying Krishna through Harinam Sankirtan.
e) To promote the Yuga Dharma: Congregational Chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
This event was inspired by the wonderful success of the Festival of the Holy Name organised by the devotees in the Alachua Community. Pancharatna Das (ACBSP), in conjunction with ISKCON Communications India, offered the service to the ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry.
An online group on Facebook was created by the name Kirtan Fest India Online. https://bit.ly/KirtanFestIndiaOnline
The slots for kirtans and the schedule was made available here: www.signupgenius.com/go/kirtanfestindiaonline
All slots for the entire event were filled up by Day 2.