Reflections on World Holy Name Week 2017 in Sri Dham Mayapur

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“The Krishna consciousness movement has established its centre in Sri Mayapur, the birth site of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, to give men the great opportunity to go there and perform a constant festival of sankirtan-yajna.” – Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.19.24 Purport

The World Holy Name Week celebrations in Sri Dham Mayapur concluded on the 17th of September, after over a week of blissful sankirtan-yajna. While Mayapur has a Harinam Department which goes out on harinama every day, and also has permanent 24 hour kirtan in Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan kutir, World Holy Name Week inspired devotees to participate even more actively in the chanting of the holy names.

“[World Holy Name Week] gave an opportunity for all the different devotees living in Sri Mayapur to come together and chant the holy name. We more often than not get into the habit of staying where we’re comfortable, in our routine, so this gave a nice opportunity for all different devotees from all the communities we have here – Russian, Bengali, Australian, American – just to come together to speak the language that we all know, which is the Hare Krishna maha mantra”, said Rama Vijay Das, who serves under the Mayapur Community Sevaks (MCS) as a community manager.

Managers, resident devotees, visitors, Bhakti-vriksha groups from many different areas, and local Nama Hatta devotees all participated in the harinamas organized in Mayapur for World Holy Name Week. Devotees of all nationalities joined together in the ecstatic chanting of the holy name, beautifully demonstrating the fulfillment of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s heartfelt desire:

“When will that day come when the fair-skinned foreigners will come to Sri Mayapur-dhama and join with the Bengali Vaisnavas to chant ‘Jaya Sacinandana, Jaya Sacinandana!’?” – quoted from The Seventh Goswami