15 days, 11 temples and $1 million U.S. in pledges! This was the amazing result of the first tour to the small temples of the Maharashtra region of Western India.
Inspired by the amazing success of his recent Vyasa Puja TOVP fundraising event which also raised $1 million U.S., His Holiness Lokanath Maharaja, Chairman of the Western India District Council, personally orchestrated the recent first leg of the Maharashtra tour, calling temple leaders on the phone every day and creating a transcendental competition to give more to the TOVP. Every single devotee enthusiastically responded to this ‘Call to Action’. Even devotees who had given at his Vyasa Puja celebration upgraded their pledges, being overwhelmed by the ecstatic mood of the competition and festival of kirtan and abhisheka for Lord Nityananda’s Padukas and Lord Nrsimha’s Sitari.
“We far exceeded our expectations here in Maharashtra. It wasn’t anticipated that such small temple communities would step forward and give so much”, said Vraja Vilas prabhu, the TOVP Global Fundraising Director. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Lokanath Maharaja for his complete support of the tour, to Radhanath Maharaja and his many disciples in temples in Maharashtra, to the WIDC (Western India District Council) and to all the temple leaders for their unconditional cooperation and expert organization of our schedule as Lord Nityananda’s Padukas, Lord Nrsimha’s Sitari, Jananivas prabhu and myself traveled continuously for 30 days”.
The mood of the devotees was one of personal sacrifice for the TOVP with the understanding that service to Mayapur and specifically to the TOVP project would please Srila Prabhupada and show their love for him through the spirit of cooperation and bring about the empowerment and success of their own preaching projects. This mood was also emphasized by Srila Prabhupada:
“The more you help develop Mayapur, the more Lord Chaitanya will bless your area of the world and it will flourish”
Letter to Hari-sauri
Ambarisa and the TOVP Team wish to thank His Holiness Lokanath Maharaja, His Holiness Radhanath Maharaja and all the leaders and devotees in Maharashtra for making this tour such a grand success and for showing by their example the attitude of combined service to guru and Krishna.
We look forward to the second half of the Maharashtra/Western India tour in 2018 to continue the transcendental competition.
To donate to the TOVP, please visit the TOVP website at: https://tovp.org/donate/seva-opportunities/