From Dec 31, 2016, 7pm to Jan 1, 2017, 9pm, we conducted a 24-hour non-stop saṅkīrtana to take advantage of the New Year public holiday and induce as many people as possible to come. And for the first time, we just experimented with recording videos of our kīrtana. We only recorded part of it during midnight. We didn’t have many devotees at that time. Unfortunately, we did not record the entire 24 hours.
If there has to be one thing that is always true about our temple, it is that we are always spread out too thin. Many services had to be covered and so few of us. There were outdoor saṅkīrtana activities like book sales, calendar sales, other outdoor fundraising activities that had to be covered apart from the 24-hr kīrtana program, not forgetting the cooking service that is handled by the Mātājīs and the deity worship.
So it is totally unfair that all those wonderful Vaiṣṇavas are not on video in the kīrtana. But we should never forget that all credit goes to them for their relentless and selfless service, because of which it became possible to conduct the 24-hour kīrtana in the first place.
At the culmination on the 1st of January, in the evening, we had a very enlightening and inspiring Bhagavad-gītā class delivered by His Grace Sundar Gopāl Prabhu wherein he urged everyone present to take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness seriously.
It is always blissful to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s service fully without any gap for Māyā to infiltrate. We feel very grateful for the Temple Management, Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrī Śrī Gaura-Nitāi and Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Madanamohana, Śrī Śrī Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva and Subhadrā and Śrī Śrī Prahlāda-Nṛsiṁhadeva for engaging us in Their service.
Without further ado, below are the kīrtana videos: