Every evening, devotees sang bhajans and kirtans, performed dances, and enacted dramas on the life and teachings of Srila Prabhupada.
“We sang the heart-melting bhajans that Srila Prabhupada wrote while he was on-board the Jaladuta,” said Dr. Chetan Hazare from the local congregation. “Children from Nimai’s Bhakti School, our local Sunday school, staged two plays on Srila Prabhupada’s struggles to establish ISKCON. We had a classical Indian Bharat Natyam dance featuring a bhajan written by Jayapataka Swami called ‘Yadi Prabhupada na hoito‘. A dance drama on the seven purposes of ISKCON was also performed.”
Several devotees offered Vyasa-puja style gratitude offerings to Srila Prabhupada in the evenings. A sumptuous prasadam feast was distributed every evening with specially made ‘love cookies’. Devotees offered a Golden Jubilee Cake on the Incorporation Day, and two Gratitude Day Cakes with the engraving ‘To our dear Srila Prabhupada with gratitude‘. On the concluding day, they offered special ghee lamps to Srila Prabhupada.
“We are grateful to Amiya Vilasa Swami, who graced the festival, and to Vaishnvanghri Das, Director of Bhaktivedanta College of Vedic Education, who guided the devotees throughout the celebrations,” concluded Sura Das. “Members of our congregation, whose life revolve around our Deities, Sri Sri Radha Madanmohanji, felt spiritually surcharged after the seven-day festivities, and now want to become more involved in the 50th anniversary celebrations of ISKCON.”