20th World Tour
The last hours in Italy
as Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj prepares to head for his next destination: St. Petersburg, Russia.
Photos of 6th and 7th August 2003 and commentary
by Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi

The day before Srila Govinda Maharaj left from Italy a reporter visited the Ashram. She was clearly impressed and very surprised to see such a gathering near Milan. She was very pleased to interview Srila Gurudev...

...and the devotees.

Stephanie (2nd from left), a sincere seeker who came all the way from California for this festival, organized the creation of the mosaic with Anjana Dasi (far right, daughter of Bhakti Seema Didi from UK); Virachandra Das and Chaitanya Das (sons of Saraswati Didi, Virachandra Das is far left), and Hari Das (2nd from right, son of Priya Sundari Didi from Germany).

The mosaic was made using stones, bits of glass and clay from the Ashram and a nearby creek. They finished the mosaic the morning Srila Gurudev left Italy.

Devotees happy to chant the Holy Names, but sad at the prospect of imminent separation.

Even Srila Gurudev seemed sad to be leaving the loving hospitality of the Italian devotees and their beautiful 'Villa Govinda Ashram' of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip