Visiting the Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram, Quito
by Sripad Bhakti Pavan Janardan
I informed Srila Govinda Maharaj that I was going to Caracas for
the festival of the anniversary of the inauguration of Parama Karuna
Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra, and I had been invited to Quito by Gaura
Hari Prabhu and his wife, Lalita Priya Devi Dasi, Srila Maharaj
told me, "If you can go to Caracas, that is perfect, and if
you can also go to Ecuador, that is more perfect."
was in Quito for six day. Some of the photos are in our ashram there
and some of the photos are in the restaurant of Gaura Hari Prabhu
and Lalita Priya Devi Dasi in downtown Quito. There are also photos
of the fire sacrifice and initiations. All together, thirteen persons
received first initiation, and three men and one lady were given
Quitois at an altitude of 2,800 meters (more than 8,400 feet). It
is in the Andes mountains, and of major cities in Latin America
is the second highest city, being second only to La Paz, Bolivia.
devotees were very affectionate, and I was attended very well by
Yugala Kishor Prabhu and the other devotees who live in the ashram.
The preaching programs were well attended, and I am fortunate to
have had the opportunity to visit there. Of course, I was always
encouraged to visit Quito by Raja Ram Prabhu and his wife, Revati
Devi Dasi, who have been in Soquel for almost six years, but who
are always helping to look after the devotional programs in their
native place of Quito.
-Bhakti Pavan Janardan