We are approaching the end of this year’s BBT Bhadra Purnima Marathon to distribute 55,000 sets of Srimad Bhagavatams by September 29. Book distribution rages worldwide to reach the goal and surpass last year’s accomplishment of distributing 45,000 Bhagavatam sets. The final goal is the ‘SURGE’ to 100,000 Bhagavatam sets in 2026.
Another special feature of this year’s marathon is the names of all Bhadra Campaign participants and donors will be placed in a silver box and offered to Lord Nrsimhadeva in Sridham Mayapur. This offering to the Lord is a most befitting way of recognizing the service of all the devotees who have expended their time, energy and finances to please Srila Prabhupada through the distribution of his books.
For those devotees who don’t know (and a reminder to those who do), the BBT has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the TOVP project from the sales of Srila Prabhupada’s books over the years. Our slogan in that regard is “Books Are Bricks”. Every book distributed is like a brick of the TOVP, making possible the reality of this vision of our acharyas and Srila Prabhupada.
Additionally, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium itself is a manifestation of the Srimad Bhagavatam in ‘brick’ form and is Itself a Deity in that regard. The philosophy and histories of the Bhagavatam will be displayed within its walls through dioramas, the cosmological chandelier, science exhibits, planetarium shows, artwork and much more. What to speak of the presence of our beloved Sri Sri Radha Madhava and the Ashta Sakhis, Sri Pancha Tattva, Lord Nrsimhadeva and the Guru Parampara.
And further, the TOVP will be the greatest medium for the distribution of Srimad Bhagavatam sets in the world. Currently, ISKCON Mayapur receives six million visitors annually. Once opened in 2025 that number is expected to multiply ten times to sixty million. Imagine distributing one or two million sets of Bhagavatams a year in Mayapur alone!!!
All that being said, we take this opportunity to again request every devotee to help complete the TOVP by 2025. The next milestone will be reached during the 2024 Gaura Purnima Festival when the finished Nrsimhadeva Wing will be opened during a three-day celebration from February 29 – March 2. For more information how you can help go to the Give To Nrsimha Campaign page and select from several options available.
Read more about the BBT 2023 Bhadra Purnima Marathon.
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