On the 9th April at midnight, we took a train up to the state of Assam, which is the birthplace of Rukmini devi. In Guwahati, we have very wonderful devotees and ISKCON has an enchanting Temple up on a hilltop with the view of the Brahmaputra river and valley. The presiding deities at the temple are Sri Sri Rukmini Krishna. At the evening preaching program His Excellency the Governor of Assam, Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) S. K. Sinha, PVSM came to thank the devotees for coming to Guwahati and in his speech he glorified Lord Krishna.
We were extremely lucky because our Guwahati trip was almost cancelled due to security reasons. Coinciding with our visit, Sonya Gandhi and 14 chief Ministers from different states in India were also having a meeting and there was some political disturbances in the city. Initially the police wouldn’t give us permission to enter the State of Assam (Guwahati) because they couldn’t provide security to our devotees. However at the last minute, the police chief called our ISKCON TP Sri Jiva prabhu and gave authorization for our devotees to come. During our whole stay (for 3 days) we had with us about 40 fully armed police and solders from the army and the intelligence department escorting us wherever we went.
We arranged a little boat-safari on the Brahmaputra River, which is mentioned many times in the Vedas as very sacred and is the only male river in the whole world. The boat took us to the following holy places: Asvaklanta, a place where Lord Krishna came with His chariot and we saw His Footprints and those of His horses on the rocks (on this beautiful spot we had a holy-dip!). We also visited a temple with a very ancient deity of Kurma Avatara. Nearby we went to a Maha-Visnu temple, Dol Govinda temple and Umananda (Lord Siva temple). The other places we visited in Guwahati were the ashram of Vasista Muni and the Kamaksa temple which is the 2nd largest temple of Parvati in India.