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Damodara Preaching@ local Varsities & College

Posted by iskconklnews on November 11, 2008


By Bhakta Prajindra Sankar Krishnan

Srimen Gajen and Raju also got caught up with the “Damodara fever”. They worked together as a team to organize Damodara prayers at MMU and invited Srimen Hemalan, Navin Raja and Prajindra form UNITEN to help out. As they were informing their friends about the prayers, one of their friends, Thiben, voluntarily offered to host a onetime program at his apartment. Approximately, 15 students attended the Damodara program at his apartment. Srimen Hemalan addressed the crowd and gave brief description about the glories of Damodara month and narrated Lord Damodara’s pastimes. Soon after, all the students were given opportunity to offer ghee lamps while bhajans were sung simultaneously. As the program was about to come to an end, upon request, the bhajan suddenly burst into a heavy kirtan inducing most of them to dance. After the program ended, the VOICE team continued to invade the hostel areas in search of more students to take part in this wonderful prayer. At the end of the day, around 43 students offered ghee lamp to Lord Damodar.

15 October 2008 (WED), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)

By Bhakta Hemalan Nambiar

The second wave of Damodara Program at University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) took off at 9pm, with Bhakta Surintan and Bhakta Hemalan going from room to room at on-campus apartments to allow students to offer ghee lamps to Lord Damodara. A total of 41 Students offered ghee lamp, including a Chinese student during the two and a half hour program.
Alter-calendar, Pamphlets of Damodara-lila and candy prasadam were given to those who offered ghee lamps to Lord Damodara. Many were amazed that the whole process cost nothing, and thankful for the effort undertaken to perform this service. One student even offered to donate some money, but was kindly declined as offering ghee lamp to Lord Damodara was the only agenda for the day. The devotees also publicized about the upcoming grand launch of Deepavali Damodara at KL Sentral on Friday, 17th October 2008. A brief publicity on Sri Jagannatha Mandir Kuala Lumpur was also included
and as well as on the Vedic Oasis for Inspiration Culture and Education (VOICE).
During the room visit, one devotee from Teluk Intan and a student who attends programs at brickfields Namahatta were discovered. All in all, not only students were able to offer their prayers to Lord Damodara but also our contacts list began to grow. Damodara Festival is becoming more known
in the academic populous. We hope other institutes and varsities will perform the same in this holy month of Kartik.

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23 October 2008 (THURS), Masterskill College

 By HG Astasakhi Bhakti dd

It was a blissful day. ‘VOICE  Girls’ division did Damodara Harinam with a bang in girls hotel in Masterskill college located at Garden Park Condo in Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang. It was a rainy day and was still drizzling but unfazed by material problems, our determined team of mataji preachers assembled at Garden Park Condo just before 7:00pm headed by HG Astasakhi Bhakti dd and supported by Srimati Jayanthi and Sushri Bawani.
Trio then started visiting apartment allocated to students. All in all around 200 girls offered ghee lamp to our sweet Lord Damodara, including Chinese, Sarawakian, Sabahan students, not to mention Indian students. Though Muslim students did not offer ghee lamp but they were hearing the pastimes of Lord Damodara very eagerly. All the students listened very attentively to Damodar pastimes and few students thanked the team profusely for bringing Lord Damodara to their house and blessing them.
On the way to students’ apartments, team also visited 6 families and around 10 people offered ghee lamp. These families also got to know real meaning and importance of celebrating Deepavali. All three matajis were unstoppable and so enthusiastic but had to stop the Harinam as it was almost midnight and had their morning duties to attend to.

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