on Oct. 4, 2008
Bhakti Narasimha Swami, the first Black South African swami (saint) in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Movement, makes offerings during a fire ceremony on the four day 'Festival of Chariots'.
Earlier this year, fourty-eight year old ISKCON member Jagat Guru Dasa was initiated as Bhakti Narasimha Swami.
Despite his relatively young age, the ISKCON swami has taken vows to renounce material pursuits to concentrate on passing on the teachings of the movement's founder, AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
His 20 year involvement with ISKCON has seen him traveling to Swaziland, Zimbabwe, India and all over Africa. In Uganda he established a public school and a temple despite the government's objections. He is currently working on building temples and projects in Zambia, Mozambique and other African countries.