Finland - ISKCON Helsinki
ISKCON Helsinky – Temple - The Spiritual Home of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai in Helsinki, Finland, i.e ISKCON Helsinki.
Finland's First Ratha is a part of World Village festival arranged in Kaisaniemi Parkand Railway Square. During World Village festival, there will be Indian culture program with the Ratha Yatra, produced by ISKCON Helsinki. Bharata Natyam -dance group, Devadasi, featuring a guest from Estonia, Gandharvika dasi, will be performing at the festival. Dance performances will take place on Mekong-stage of the Asiatent. In addition to that, there will be a performance from Latvian sword dancer Nataraja and Kirtan music on the street stage. ISKCON will be also serving vegetarian food and knowledge of India's spiritual tradition.
ISKCON centre it's a regular apartment in which have established an temple. There's nothing fancy or remotely religious about it. The architecture is not lavish as a temple's but as normal as a typical apartments'. This temple has a special pooja on Sundays and a feast (langar) after that. The bhajans were accompanied by music. There were lots of female devotees too. They were wearing sarees. The aarti start at 4pmand proceeded till 5:30pm, during which there was something similar to a "hi-tech pravachan". The devottee used a laptop, projecting some pictures of temples or holy abodes in India. He also recorded the "pravachan" through an mp3 player. Afret that all devotees would raise their arms up towards the sky and chant "Hare Krishna mantra" and sway with the rhythm. The atmosphere gets really charged up. In the end one would put in some donation, obviously in foreign currency and get down to eating an Indian meal.
The Govinda’s vegetarian club operates in connection with the Hare Krishna temple of Helsinki. There is sanctified vegetarian food available. Club provide catering services in connection with different kinds of religious happenings.
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