Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
We know how important harinama is. So, in the mid-1970s, Srila Prabhupada encouraged Lokanath Swami to do a bullock-cart padayatra and take the chanting of the holy name all over India. The Indian padayatra is still going, and padayatris not only chant but distribute books, a lot of them. They’re beating both the brhat (big) mrdanga as well as the khola (clay) mrdanga. In May, they reported almost 19,000 book points, a 226% increase. Their moving temple was No. 1 in the Small Temple category.
Many years ago a man in one village was so inspired when the padayatra arrived that he took a vow to remain silent until the padayatra returned on its next lap around India. It takes the padayatra six years to go around India. When it did return, it was a big thing in the village, because now the man was going to speak again. So a stage was made for all the devotees to do kirtan, and afterward the gentleman would speak. Everyone in the village showed up, and he spoke for three hours, just from Srila Prabhupada’s books, because the only reading he had done was from those books. He spoke so powerfully that everyone was completely inspired in Krsna consciousness, including the devotees.
Your servant, Vijaya das