for ISKCON News on June 21, 2013
"Every other Saturday, on the busiest walking street of the city, the devotees set up a booth with prasadam and Srila Prabhupada’s books."
On June 15th, ISKCON Chile celebrated the anniversary of one of their most popular activities, the Sankirtan Festival in downtown Santiago.
Every other Saturday, on the busiest walking street of the city, the Paseo Ahumada, the devotees set up a booth with prasadam and Srila Prabhupada’s books. On the side, bhajans are played and every passerby hears the Hare Krishna mantra in the crowd of the city.
This initiative was inspired by the initiative called The Weekend Warriors
, which started in London with the purpose of giving the householders the opportunity to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books on the weekends.
Last year, while visiting Chile, several spiritual masters took part in this event.
Devotees found that people on the streets had always been very friendly and interested about spiritual music, food and specially literature. Numerous Srila Prabhupada’s books are being distributed every Saturday, including several Bhagavad Gita’s.
All the raised money is donated towards the construction of the new temple hall of ISKCON Santiago, which will accommodate the growing community of Chilean Krishna devotees.