BY YADUVHIR KRSNA DASA
SEBERANG JAYA, MALAYSIA – The devotees at the Bhaktivedanta Cultural Centre (BCC) got caught up with “Damodara Fever” and worked together to organize Damodara House Program and Harinam. For the first time, Damodara Harinam was introduced to the district of Seberang Perai which comprises Hujung Batu, Bagan Dalam, Kampung Manis, Taman Inderawasih, Kampung Bagan Serai and Mak Mandin. BCC managed to visit 616 houses and 4,679 people had the opportunity to offer ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. Continue reading
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – A full fledged vedic wedding was conducted for Tulasi Maharani and Salagrama in ISKCON KL on the last day of of the Damodara month. Complete with exchange of garlands, Saptapadi to tying of the mangal sutra, this auspicious event brought a glorious end to the Damodara Month celebration here. Continue reading
BY RAMANANADA GAURA DASA
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – The Harinam Sankirtan Ministry of Iskcon KL organised the Maha Damodara Harinam on Sunday 16th November 2008. Harinams were conducted in different locations around Klang Valley. A total of 34 Harinam teams and 736 homes were visited on that day. 140 devotees participated in Rawang and approximately 90 devotees went around Klang Valley. Many first timers joined us, and judging by their response, it’s definitely not the last for them. Continue reading
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – After what seemed an impossible and arduous task, the Malaysian congregation actually surpassed their target. In an unprecedented move, all branches of ISKCON Malaysia throughout the country came together in a consolidated team effort and achieved an outstanding performance surpassing the goal of 100,000 participants and 5,000 homes set for this Damodara Program this year. The results are still pouring in as the Karttik month only ends on 27th November 2008. The Damodara Program started on the 15th October 2008 and continues for six weeks going into the Karttik month.
PORT DICKSON, MALAYSIA – During the first day of the Damodara programme, Rasika prabhu from Iskcon KL received a call from one of the listeners of Minnal FM talk show. This caller was from Jelebu, Kuala Klawang town in Negri Sembilan. His name is Velayutham. He is a chemical engineer who studied in Japan and owns his own shampoo, soap and metal stain removing chemical factory in this town. He has been running this business for a few years, supplying his products to east coast and FELDA schemes.
One night as he was driving back home after delivering his stock of products, he was listening to the Damodara Festival Program on the Minnal FM talk show. He immediately pulled his car to the side of the road and listened ardently. The talk excited him and without wasting time, he called the contact number given in the talk show. He was directed to Rasika prabhu. Continue reading
BY SHOBNA SHREE
BANDAR TASIK SELATAN, KUALA LUMPUR (29/11/2008) – The ladies division of the Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education (V.O.I.C.E) organized a Damodara Orphanage Program in Senbhagavalli Ashram. This event was coordinated and led by Bhaktin Rohyini. The program was organized to provide an opportunity for the children to offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara and also to show our love and support to the underprivileged children. Continue reading
BY SRIVAS CAITANYA DASA
BALAKONG, MALAYSIA (15/10/2008) – Ushering the festival of lights this year, the Balakong Damodara House Caroling team brought joy to the residents of Taman Sri Timah Balakong with melodious kirtans glorifying the sweet Lord.
Carrying ghee lamps, mrndnga, kartals, mini-altar, Vrindavan Bhajan CDs and prasadam, the team including Harshitha (2 years) and Mardhini (3years), walked through the streets of Taman Sri Timah to give an opportunity to the residents to offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara in this auspicious month. Continue reading
RAWANG, MALAYSIA (16/11/2008) – As soon as we entered the house, we called on all the family members to gather in the living room to show the ghee lamp. “Is there anyone else in the house?’
“Yeah my grandma but she’s bed ridden for the past one year, she’s unable to walk” We carried on with the ghee lamp offering. Suddenly heard someone screaming, “Krishna! Krishna!”
We saw an old lady running toward us, to the place where we placed little Lord Damodara on a table and she fell down right in front of Lord Damodar, crying while saying “Krishna! Krishna! Vanthuttiya, vanthuttiya (Krishna, Krishna,you have come?), enakkaga vanthiya (You have come just for me?) She sobbed. Continue reading
BY VISHNU CAITANYA DASA
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – It’s a known fact that the school text books carry a biased view on our culture, certainly negative and cynical. The facts of the religion are distorted and to add salt to the injury its thought by those completely alien to our culture and dharma usually ending with ridicule and mockery. And guess who is at the receiving end, a group of pathetic branded Hindu students completely defenceless and at the mercy of the predators.
Systematic deprogramming exercise at its best. The Hindu students are left in such contempt and they are left to feel ashamed and small belonging to this culture and religion. Personally I went thru this ordeal. Seems nothing has changed even after achieving developed and civilised nation status.
You may be wondering why bring this up as we are Hindus and a bunch of self proclaimed tolerant beings.
Yesterday we were invited to be with Mr Rajaram and family as this was their maiden Damodara Harinam Voyage. We were more than willing to assist them.
Mr Rajaram and wife were more than elated over their youngest daughter Bhaktin Revathi’s exam results, straight A’s and I remarked it was not surprising as his elder two also did remarkably well with all straight A’s. Continue reading
BY YADURAJ DASA
TAIPING, MALAYSIA – By the mercy of Srila Prabhupad and our beloved Gurus, ISKCON Taiping conducted Damodara House Caroling at total of 1150 houses with close to 7000 souls getting the blessing of Lord Damodara. The final week saw relatively lesser Damodara programmes as devotees were little cooled down partly due to many of them were observing Bhisma Pancaka vrata. Nevertheless they went out to share the joy and mercy at 105 houses in the final week. Continue reading
BY PRAJINDRA SANKAR KRISHNAN
CYBERJAYA, MALAYSIA (10/10/2008) – Srimen Gajen and Raju also got caught up with the “Damodara fever”. They worked together as a team to organize Damodara prayers at Multimedia University (MMU) and invited Bhakta Hemalan, Navin Raja and Prajindra from Tenaga Nasional University (UNITEN) to help out. As they were informing their friends about the prayers, one of their friends, Thiben, voluntarily offered to host a program at his apartment. Continue reading