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Bhakti Bloom Offers a Garden of Devotion in Germany
By Atma Tattva Das, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Sep 20, 2023

Driven to share the Holy Name, the Bhakti Bloom team has planted the seeds of unity and spiritual awakening at their inaugural Kirtan mela, a two-day extravaganza spanning July 29th and 30th, 2023, near Berlin, Germany. This transformative event drew seekers from diverse backgrounds, offering them a fragrant bouquet of melodies, profound spiritual insights, and a unique opportunity to commune with the Divine.

The event was a resounding success, and its inception and development were envisioned by a remarkable group of individuals. Nandini Devi Dasi, Kanupriya Devi Dasi, Lara, and Sarah, the heart and soul of Bhakti Bloom, shared their insights and experiences in an exclusive interview. Their collective vision for the festival centered on inclusivity, embracing diversity, and fostering a sense of togetherness.

Nandini highlighted the diverse and welcoming atmosphere created during the festival, “It was our desire in the beginning that we get to know each other better…and have meaningful time together. Somehow, Krishna allowed us, so it was quite beautiful.”

Kanupriya, who managed the stalls and played a vital role in the festival’s success, shared her perspective, saying, “Throughout the whole festival, even though I did a lot of running around, I got so much energy from all the spiritual radiance.”

Lara, who infused the festival with an appreciation of poetry and artistic flair, touched on the magic of Bhakti Bloom, saying, “It was this kind of energy and feeling we were creating; it was beyond words, like a healing energy somehow.”

Sarah, whose role was pivotal in setting the stage for deep connections, reflected on the festival’s essence, stating, “There was a moment, I realized afterward, that personally set the stage for the second day and this feeling of, wow, we are all together here…and this all holds so much mercy.”

Their shared insights reveal the dedication and passion that fueled Bhakti Bloom. Beyond their individual roles, their unwavering commitment to a shared vision of inclusivity and devotion set the festival apart.

Bhakti Bloom’s journey was challenging, but the team learned to let go and trust in the divine plan. As Lara beautifully said, “If you really trust, then everything will fall into place.” This trust was pivotal in navigating the festival’s unexpected changes and ensuring its success.
The festival’s roots in devotion and inclusivity extended to the esteemed spiritual guides and guest kirtan singers who graced the event. Sacinandana Swami, a guiding light for the team, provided invaluable support and wisdom. Hari Kirtan and his wife Vrndavanishvari, Vishvambher Sheth, and others added their voices to the symphony of devotion. Their presence enriched the festival, creating a harmonious blend of diverse traditions and talents.

As Bhakti Bloom sets its sights on the future, the team envisions an even more inclusive and vibrant festival. They plan to empower more female kirtaneers and expand their outreach. Funding remains a challenge, but the team is exploring options such as Patreon and seeking support from those inspired by their mission.

Bhakti Bloom’s first Kirtan mela stands as a testament to the power of unity, devotion, and inclusivity. The team’s unwavering commitment to these ideals, guided by the divine hand of Lord Krishna, allowed the festival to blossom into a transcendent garden of spiritual awakening.

Their journey, filled with challenges and triumphs, can inspire any who seek to reawaken their devotion to The Divine.

Please visit their website to learn more about Bhakti Bloom’s current plans, events, updates and how you may help through your time and talents.