All Glories to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga!

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Russia

Ecological Programme
At the Shore of Gulf of Finland

Saturday, May 13th, 2006
Saint-Petersburg, Gulf of Finland
Report by Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi


On the 13th of May in Saint-Petersburg an ecological programme was held under the guidance of Saint-Petersburg leader, Sripad Vijay Raman Prabhu. The goal of the programme was not only to give a nice impression of Russian branch of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, but also to clean the shore of the Gulf of Finn from the accumulated throughout winter refuse.

Such programmes are held in Saint-Petersburg Seva-Ashram regularly twice a year, and usually devotees invite different organizations, groups to contribute to the project. This time they invited students of the local schools. The children happily agreed to help and vigorously took part in it. Besides, several campers who decided to spend the weekend by the shore in the end also joined the cleaning party.

After the cleansing programme, in the temple devotees arranged prasadam distribution to all the participators. And in the evening, a musical ethno-concert was held at the much changed shore of the Finn Gulf.

Overall, about 200 people came to the programme that day, and a lot of them had good fortune to get the darsan of the temple Deities, Sri-Sri-Guru-Gauranga-Radha-Madhava-Sundarjiu. And those who had the best fortune joined Nagar-sankirtana, that was held the following day.

Getting ready to greet the guests
Such piles of garbage were to be collected and taken away.
A hard work awaited devotees and volunteers...
The participators vigorously cleaning the bay
Vrajannath Prabhu
The overview of the temple
Many teenagers joined a bit later (after their classes in school)
And instantly they got to the business!
Vrajannath Prabhu and Alexander
And in the meanwhile the work at the kitchen is in full swing!

Kalyani Devi Dasi, Nandeswari Devi Dasi making sweet balls
Ananda Vardhan Prabhu Bramachari fries potato.
In the background: Ram Mohan Prabhu
"We are ready to treat the guest"
Nandeswari Devi Dasi, Malika Devi Dasi and Iswara Moi Devi Dasi
are getting ready for prasadam distribution
Urmila Devi Dasi and Arati Devi Dasi pouring out the drink
Joyful Nandeswari Devi Dasi and Iswara Moi Devi Dasi
And here are the first prasadam-servitors.
In the foreground: Amrita Moi Devi Dasi with her little son
Sripad Vijay Raman Prabhu heads the distribution.
Also pictured: Kalyani Devi Dasi, Abhiram Prabhu
Sripad Vijay Raman Prabhu personally serving guests
Prasadam-seva at its height
Urmila Devi Dasi at the distribution table :)
Here is the youngest participator: Egor nestling down aside from
everyone to take a good nap :)
Relaxing at the shore
Then the concert programme began
At last devotees could take some rest after a long hard day.
In the foreground: Malika Devi Dasi, a girl and Nandeswari Devi Dasi
So nice to see the shore clean and peaceful!