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Mantralogy Tour 2009: Janmashtami in London

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October 7th, 2009

Gaura Vani and Ananta in London Joining in some Kirtan in Soho London

Kirtan at the Soho Mandir Kirtan with Madhava and As Kindred Spirits

Madhava leads kirtan at Soho Street Janmastami at the Manor

Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

Kirtan in the Manor Templeroom Kirtan at the Festival Stage at the Manor

Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda and Sri Sri Sita Ram Laksman Hanuman

After many weeks touring in the US, we travelled to England for the world renowned Janmashtami (Krishna’s birthday) festival. This celebration is held all over the world, but this one continues to be the biggest outside India, with almost 70,000 attending this year. Colourful tents and stages are set up over the 80 acre property of Bhaktivedanta Manor (donated by George Harrison in the 1970s), and worshippers flock to see the ornately decorated altar.

We felt such a strong sense of unity as we all joined together to celebrate the festival, and had many hours of joyful, moving kirtan together. When we did kirtan on the main festival stage, I’d look out and see the most incredible variety of people – from close family and friends of all ages, to local villagers, to Gujarati grannies (who we actually got to clap and sing – much to our surprise).

It was also nice for me to get to show the rest of the band around my hometown a little bit, though most of our days were packed with kirtan engagements! One day we got to go sightseeing, and ended up at the temple of Sri Sri Radha London-isvara (Krishna, the Lord of London!), where we had many hours of soul-stirring kirtan with our dear friend from Switzerland, Madhava.

Our brief stay culminated in a final Sunday stage kirtan, after which we were whisked out to the car park and driven straight to the airport to fly to Mumbai, where we would be performing a kirtan concert for a special launch of Radhanath Swami’s book ‘The Journey Home’.

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