NORWALK, CA – The seven-day Shrimad Bhagwat Purana Katha by Acharya Mridul Krishna Goswamiji concluded at the Sanatan Dharma Temple here on August 1 drawing around 1000 devotees each day. The Katha started on July 26 and was organized by Shri Banke Bihari Sewa Mandal and Sadhu Vaswani
Over the course of the next five days, Acharyaji shared the story of King Parikshit who was cursed by a Rishi’s son and how he was cured in seven days by listening to Shrimad Bhagwat Katha. He also discussed 12 cantos of the Purana and shared different ‘leelas’ or the creative play of Lord Krishan including Lord Krishna Janam Leela. Acharyaji also gave a discourse on Goverdhan Pooja and Chhpan Bhog. The Katha of Lord Krishna’s wedding and an explanation of kidnapping of Rukmani on her own request was followed by Maha Ras Leela. On the concluding day, all devotees played ‘Phoolon Ki Holi’ (Holi of Flowers). Acharyaji and the Shrimad Bhagwat Puran were bid warm farewell on the day.
Deepak Hira, one of the organizers while talking to IJ said this was the 16th year of Shrimad Bhagwat Katha here and this year it was held in a tent outside as the temple hall could not hold the hundreds of devotees who came here every evening. Every year the number has been increasing. He added that the mission of the Katha was to raise funds so that cows could be saved from slaughter in India and their living conditions could be improved at the ‘Goshalas’.