for ISKCON News on June 18, 2010
On 4th of June, ISKCON Allahabad had organized a program at the Naini Central Jail. It began with the chanting of the Mahamantra, in which nearly a thousand prisoners, along with prison keepers and officers took part, blissfully singing and dancing.
The kirtan was followed by a lecture on the Bhagavad-gita, pointing out that real freedom is when one gets liberated from the prison of the material world. At the end of the program each prisoners and officers present received prasadam (sanctified food) and a copy of the Hindi Back to Godhead magazine.
This was ISKCON`s second such program in the area. A couple of days earlier, devotees took part in another event at the historical Central Jail of Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), where the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose was imprisoned during the British rule.
This program was organized by Rakesh Singh Member of Parliament for Jabalpur
constituency, along with Praven Agarwal a Life Patron of ISKCON. Inspired by the success of the event, Mr. Sing has offered ISKCON five acres of land to build a Krishna temple in Jabalpur.