ISKCON Johore devotees distribute 5,000 prasadam meals at temple Kumbha Abhisekam Festival

*Hare Krishna. Today is Ekadasi and devotees fast till noon in respect of Lord Varaha’s appearance which falls tomorrow.*

I am at with the devotees of ISKCON JOHORE now. Today is a big day for the people of Skudai especially the devotees of Mother Durga Devi. For the ISKCON Johore Bahru devotees the very big days of selfless service started yesterday at 6pm and carried on till 1noon today. *All three ISKCON CENTRES in Johore Bahru joined hands and headed by Navadvipa Mataji from Penang cooked the sumptuous lunch meal for more than 6000 pilgrims visiting the Skudai new light purple painted Sri Maha Mariamman temple on the occasion of the grand opening of the temple and Kumbha Abhisekam. *

Man Made Halva as offering to Lord Krishna

....and of course supervised by a Mataji

In the Brahma Samhita Lord Brahmā looking up to the higher position of Goloka is speaking of the other realms from the point of view of his own realm. These two stanzas of his song mentions the importance of Durga Devinand how she serves Lord Govinda.

Bs 5.43
_goloka-nāmni nija-dhāmni tale ca tasya_
_devi maheśa-hari-dhāmasu teṣu teṣu_
_te te prabhāva-nicayā vihitāś ca yena_
_govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi_

*Translation:*
*Lowest of all is located Devī-dhāma [mundane world], next above it is Maheśa-dhāma [abode of Maheśa]; above Maheśa-dhāma is placed Hari-dhāma [abode of Hari] and above them all is located Kṛṣṇa's own realm named Goloka. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who has allotted their respective authorities to the rulers of those graded realms.*

_Bs 5.44_
_sṛṣṭi-sthiti-pralaya-sādhana-śaktir ekā_
_chāyeva yasya bhuvanāni bibharti durgā_
_icchānurūpam api yasya ca ceṣṭate sā_
_govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi_

*Translation: *
*The external potency Māyā who is of the nature of the shadow of the cit potency, is worshiped by all people as Durgā, the creating, preserving and destroying agency of this mundane world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in accordance with whose will Durgā conducts herself.*

Ligh Purple Temple

More than 60 devotees and volunteers started at 6pm yesterday preparing, cutting vegetables and cooking till 6am this morning and, served pilgrims from 11am till 1pm today . Nama Sankirtan Prabhu & his wife Sarva Jaya Mataji sponsored the prasadam expenses and also coordinated the whole operations while the ISKCON Skudai and Senai temple devotees distributed books.

It was a very good day serving pilgrims prasadam, offering them Srila Prabhupada’s *”treasure house of knowledge”* books and introducing them to devotional service. Very soon devotees will also conduct Bhagavad Gita lessons at the Maha Mariamman temple especially targeting children.

Some light moments with Sivacharya Muthukumara Swami Gurukal chatti...

I also had the pleasure of meeting Muthu Kumara Swami Gurukal and had some light moments while discussing a lot about the importance for Hindus to lead the way for cow protection and Dharma father bull protection. Swami was very happy to hear that we had already started cow protection program and a humble way and are spreading the message in Malaysia.

We finally seek the blessings of Mother Durga to bless devotees in their Bhakti Seva as how she is so committed in serving Lord Govinda.

**Jai Srila Prabhupada! Jai Sri Govinda! and all glories to our wonderful Vaisnavas.*

Hare Krishna.

Your servant,
Simheswara Dasa

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