By Madhava Smullen
Devotees from the Five Truths Pancha Tattva Center in Omsk, Siberia organized a Srimad-Bhagavatam online marathon, in which the translations of all 18,000 verses were recited over ten days, from April 10th to 19th.
The marathon, which aimed to inspire devotees and benefit the world during the current dark times under a global pandemic, was entitled Spiritual Victory in Seven Days. This time period was also set to be the original length of the event, based on how long it took Sukadeva Goswami to recite the Bhagavatam to Maharaja Pariksit, who had only seven days to live. With opening and closing ceremonies added, however, the event lasted ten days.
Four-and-a-half thousand people watched the broadcasts on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and the Russian social media network VKontakte. Readings took place in Russian and were translated into English, Hindi and German, while the audience hailed from 29 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Belarus, United States, Great Britain, Moldova, Bulgaria, India, Armenia, Italy, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Canada, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, France, Lithuania, Indonesia, Malta, Serbia, and Spain.