Week Ahead 24-30 March 2023: Sri Rama Naumi Festival Guide

Dear Friends

“When Lord Rāmacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was the King of this world, all bodily and mental suffering, disease, old age, bereavement, lamentation, distress, fear, and fatigue were completely absent. There was even no death for those who did not want it.” Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.53

Sri Rama Naumi
Thursday 30 March

Fast until sunset

Fruit & Flower Offerings 10:30am-5:00pm
Free Vegetarian Meals 10:30am-5:00pm

4:30am Mangal Arati & Japa
7:15am Srila Prabhupada’s Guru-puja
7:30am Greeting of the Deities in Their new outfit
7:45am Special Class on Lord Rama by His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami

12:00pm The Glories of Lord Rama – Class
12:30pm Arati & Kirtan

6:00pm Break Fast Feast
7:00pm Arati & Kirtan
7:30pm Class by His Holiness Partha Sarathi Das Goswami

Note: Ramayana Week continues every evening at 6:30pm except for Sunday.

Nectar of Instruction Overview
Saturday 25 March

Srila Prabhupada’s Room
The course facilitator is Raghunath Bhatta Das (082 614 0335)
There are no prerequisites for this 3-hour course. You require the book, Nectar of Instruction. The course fee is R20-00, payable on the day.

Week Ahead

Saturday 25 March
Transcendental Diaries Class @7:30am
by Her Grace Gangamata Goswamini Dasi

Monthly Sankirtan Festival @9:30am
Join us this Saturday for the Monthly Sankirtan Festival. Bring your instruments, book bags, and comfy shoes as we share the Holy Name and Srila Prabhupada’s books in different areas around Durban. You can either join a book distribution team or a Harinam party. If you have never been on Book Distribution before and wish to try it out, we can partner you with an experienced book distributor, who will guide and encourage you through the experience.

Sri Vyasa-Puja of His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami @3pm
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
RSVP by 24 March Radhika Raman Das via WhatsApp 072 240 1220

Westville Nama-hatta @6pm
Lord Rama’s Exile to the Forest
By His Grace Anantadeva Das
Venue: UKZN Westville Hindu Centre
RSVP via WhatsApp on 076 549 5474 (Paramatma Das)

Sunday 26 March
Nectar of Devotion Class @7:30pm
by His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami

Love Feast @11am
Living the Ramayana
with Her Grace Rukmini Devi Dasi

Wednesday 29 March
Lotus Park Nama-hatta @6:30pm

The Advent of Lord Rama
Guest speaker His Holiness Rama Govinda Swami
Lotus Park Community Hall
Supper will be served.

Durban Festival of Chariots News
Friday 7 April 2023
Durban Amphitheatre, North Beach

What can we expect at the festival? Prepare to spend the day singing, dancing, laughing, feasting, and making heart connections! The festival will begin at 1pm with conscious entertainment, a vegan & veg food fair, a kids carnival, arts & crafts, a cultural boutique, and free vegan meals. The Chariot Parade will begin at 3pm. The colourful parade starts in front of Tropicana Hotel and will be accompanied by musicians, traditional African dancers, other performers, and thousands of dancing and singing festival goers, the traditional fifteen-meter-high chariot will roll down the prestigious Golden Mile and stop at the festival site at the Amphitheatre, North Beach. Evening entertainment includes the drama “The Divine Song” by international director Bhaktimarga Swami, a fireworks display, and a sacred sound party, which will end at 9pm.

Durban Festival of Chariots Seva
We invite you to please come forward to offer your assistance by either volunteering your time, sponsoring ingredients/festival utilities, and/or direct donations. Kindly contact Balaram 082 881 4521.
For direct donations:
Bank: Nedbank
Account name: ISKCON
Chatsworth branch code: 132226
Account number: 1322113971
You can email a POP to temple@iskcondurban.net


Govinda’s Restaurant & Radhanath’s Gifts
Monday – Saturday 9:30am-4pm
Sundays & Public Holidays 9:30am-3pm
Note: Govinda’s is now open on Wednesdays. The Temple Receptionist will assist you at Radhanath’s Gifts on Wednesdays.

How to Connect to the Temple?
031 403 3328 • temple@iskcondurban.net • iskcondurban.net