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Devotees are starting to arrive for Srila Guru Maharaj's 109th Vyasa Puja celebration.

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Devotees arrive for festival

The next big festival, Srila Sridhar Maharaj's 109th Vyasa Puja celebration, will be held in ten days time at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip, and devotees are starting to arrive at the Math here in Kolkata on their way to attend the festival for Srila Guru Maharaj.

Every day, a cosmopolitan assortment of devotees arrive from our centers in other parts of the world: Jai Balai Prabhu (Mexico) arrived today, Maladhari Devi Dasi and her daughter Lilamrita (U.S.A.), Ishwari Devi Dasi (England) and Lalit Krishna Prabhu (Croatia) arrived in the last few days, and Divya Shakti Devi Dasi, Hasyapriya Prabhu (U.S.A.) and Rishabdev Prabhu and Chintamani Devi Dasi (South Africa) will all be arriving in the next few days.

Since this Ashram in Dum Dum Park is really only a "transit station" — a place where devotees can take a break and rest for a while after the long flight to the Kolkata airport, or after the two-day train ride from Delhi to the Howrah train station — most of the visiting devotees continue by train or taxi to our worldwide headquarters in Nabadwip within a day or two.

Srila Gurudeva, whose health has improved considerably in the last week, will probably only go to Nabadwip late next week sometime, depending on how soon the floodwaters recede and how well he feels to make the bumpy three-hour car journey.

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