Under Sushila and Swarnangii Devi Dasis' direction, our devotees have prepared a model of the proposed new temple to be built here at the Santa Cruz Seva Ashram to be used in our preaching and fund raising efforts.
This past weekend we displayed this model at our preaching booth at the Festival of India held in Fremont, California. This festival is attended by thousands of Indians and is held annually to commemorate Indian Independence Day. Our booth was arranged by Srimati Braja Mohini Devi Dasi, Sripad Janardan Maharaj, Sripad Parvat Maharaj and Sripad Siddhanti Maharaj. Many of our devotees also attended the festival where they held Harinam Sankirtan, preached to interested guests and distributed literature and flyers. We also collected about 100 names of people who expressed an interest in helping with our project.
There are several more of these festivals organized by different Indian organizations and we hope to attend those also. Vidura Krishna Prabhu and Kamal Krishna Prabhu are organizing follow-up programs at interested people's houses where Sripad Janardan Maharaj and other senior devotees can attend to preach and solicit support for our development project.
On Janmastami Day, we presented the model to Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari and it is now on display in our Prasadam Hall for all the devotees and guests to see.