Yamuna Boat Festival 2017

Hare KrishnaBy Deena Bandhu das

On Saturday evening March 18, ISKCON Vrinda Kunda very ecstatically celebrated the annual Yamuna Boat Festival on the opposite side of Yamuna from Sringar Vat. All the devotees gathered at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in the afternoon to take the special festival large Deities of Radha Shyamasundar along with Radha Govinda, the personal Deities of HH Radha Govinda Maharaja, on procession to the boat ghat. Our dear godbrother Punyatama Prabhu arranged flags of a hundred different countries for the devotees to carry to show that Srila Prabhupada has brought Krishna Consciousness to the whole world! With the enchanting Deities in a decorated van and a hundred country’s flags swirling in the wind against the clear blue sky of a pleasantly sunny day, the devotees danced joyfully through the streets of Vrindavan. It was so inspiring to see this river of colorful flags flowing through the lanes of Vrindavan to meet the Holy River Yamuna, appearing like a new confluence or sangam. As the procession arrived at the banks of Yamuna, Their royal swan boat fully decorated with colorful flowers was still on the other side with devotees making the final decorations.