Maha Nagar Sankirtana Downtown Saint Petersburg
April 29th, 2007
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sent by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi
His Holiness Sripad Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj visits Saint Petersburg temple and together with the local devotees starts out for the weekly downtown Nagar Sankirtana. However with the captivating enthusiasm and energy of Sripad Avadhut Maharaj this time the Sankirtana surpasses all possible expectations. Shyama Mohini dd reports: "Harinama started as usually, by the Ekaterinainskiy sadik. The procession went down one side of the Nevskiy Avenue, then up another one. And devotees decided to pause by the Gostiniy Dvor [a very old and famous Saint Petersburg department store] and all of a sudden... in no time the sankirtana party got surrounded by a crowd of people appeared as if from nowhere, and hundreds of soap bubbles soared in the air. Quite an enchanting, unforgettable sight. The gathered people joined the dancing devotees, started to sing and dance in rings, and the most important — they were happily taking flyers to read the Maha-mantra and join the singing!"
Sankirtana party starts out.
Down the Nevskiy Avenue.
Devotees chanting and dancing by the Gostiniy Dvor.
Sripad Avadhut Maharaj heating up the public with his infectious dancing.
In the meanwhile Lila Rupa dd distributes flyers among the onlookers.
First patches of the crowd...
...that swiftly starts to grow denser...
...and eventually fills the whole area adjoining the store.