The 37th Annual Panihati Festival - 2013
You are invited to 37th Annual Panihati in the Druid Hills historical district of Atlanta. This
outdoor festival will include live music, dance performances, delicious
vegetarian food, chariot parade, a bazaar of handcrafts and clothing from India.
“Bliss” awaits you Friday - May 31st, Saturday - June 1st, and Sunday - June 2nd.
This year we are welcoming an exciting array of performers
to our performance stage.
There is the Bhakti Kalalayam Dance Academy from Gainesville, FL (www.bhaktidance.com ).
They are led by Annapayini dasi, an American, who trained in India for seven years learning the art of bharatnatyam dance (dance of devotion - bhakti). This dance troupe is widely acclaimed for their talent, dedication, and emotionally moving performances.
Also coming from Florida, are the Mayapuris (www.mayapuris.com ). They are a group of energetic Kirtaniyers (kirtan yoga). The Mayapuris have dedicated their hearts to Kirtan and travel world wide sharing their talents and love for this sacred music.
For a full list of performers
please check our festival schedule.
Along with beautiful music,
dance, and magic there will be a food court featuring home made pizza, Indian
samosas and other savories. We also have many healthy options like veggie burgers and vegan
sweets prepared by a gourmet chefs. And, there will be some good ‘ol American junk food too!
On Saturday don’t miss the
joyous Festival of Chariot parade. A huge chariot decorated with flower
garlands and a bright fabric canopy will be pulled accompanied with singing, dancing, drums, and cymbals. The parade begins from the festival site at
1:00p. It will make its way down Ponce de Leon Ave turning on Moreland Ave to Little Five
Points. The cart then returns to the festival site via the reverse route at 3:30p.
This Chariot parade is one of the oldest known parades in the
world. It has been going on annually for the last 2,000 years in Jagananth Puri, Orrisa, Indian. It was first introduced to the West in 1967 in San Francisco, California.
It has been held in every major city of the world including 5th
ave in New York.
The parade conveys a welcoming, loving, and joyous atmosphere to all the
participants and those that watch.
After the parade, their will be a vegetarian feast.
On Sunday, is the truly unique festival of Chipped Rice that
has its tradition dating back 500 years ago in West Bengal, India. It has been
celebrated here at New Panihati, the Hare Krishna temple in Atlanta
for over 35 years. It features a wide variety of beautifully decorated large
clay pots of sweet and salty “chipped rice”. This flattened rice is soaked and
then mixed with yogurt or sweetened condensed milk and varieties of exotic and
local fruits or vegetables to create a one of a kind dish that is absolutely
delicious and beautiful to look at! The feast is generally served around 3 pm.
For our ISKCON members, we have some special programs.
His Grace Acyutananda dasa and His Holiness Jayapataka Swami will sit with us and speak about their pioneering days in West Bengal. Acyutananda das was the first ISKCON devotee to live in India. A few of his historic accolades: he trained Jayapataka Swami, compiled our current Vaisnava song book, built the hut which Srila Prabhupada lived in at the beginning of our Mayapur Chandra mandir. This is a rare opportunity to hear how these devotees established ISKCON in West Bengal.
We will also celebrate a rare ISKCON milestone, the 40th service anniversary of His Grace Balabadra Bhattacarya das.
Balabadra has the unique position of being one of the few devotees who has only served one temple in his entire devotional career for 40 continous years.
Not only that, but he was born in Atlanta and joined ISKCON Atlanta in 1973.
Please come and help us honor one of the stalwart servants of Srila Prabhupada.
See ya'll at the festival!
Panihati Festival Commitee
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
Current ISKCON VIPs attending the festival:
His Holiness Rtadhvaja Swami
His Holiness Bhakta Nityananda Swami
His Grace Acyutananda dasa (disciple from 1965)
His Grace Yadhubara das
His Grace Srutikirti das (Srila Prabhupada's servant)