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Devotional celebrations

Ioane Burese
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

AS the country celebrates the start of the New Year, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will conduct a special program today that will culminate with lunch.

In a statement society official Dr Rajesh Maharaj said, "We are doing this to seek the lord's blessings for the upcoming new year.

"We will have continuous kirtan (devotional songs) and mantra recitation.

"It is a very special day in our Vaisanava calendar when on this tithi (astrological calculation), a great devotee and preacher of all times and a pure devotee of Lord Krishna who descended from the spiritual kingdom to this planet about 200 years ago, left his body and returned to Lord Krishna."

Dr Maharaj said parallel interpretation about teachings of their guru, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed would be drawn at today's proceedings.

"It is a very special day and we want to celebrate with lots of devotion. We will get unlimited blessings from our lord."