Bhakti Retreat – USA

Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,

Caught in Rat race?

Tired of the routine?

Don’t know the essence of your being?

Uncover these and many more answers by getting in touch with your spiritual side.
Rare opportunity to immerse yourself in ecstatic kirtans,
​spiritual ​lectures, presentations, drama, dance, movies, games and Prasadam.
“There is no greater fortune than being in the association of glorious devotee families chanting the holy names and hearing the glories of the Supreme Lord (Krishna Katha) and His devotees.”​

There could be no better way to spend your long weekend (US Independence weekend) than by getting immersed in the nectar of Krishna Consciousness. Just like past 5 years, it is going to be a spiritually intense, but extremely blissful, ​4 days of devotee association with never to forget experience. We highly recommend participating for all 4 days to get the maximum benefit and ecstatic experience that you will start feeling in the first 2 hours of the early morning on first day itself during Group Japa (Mahamantra Chanting), Morning Aarti and Various Prayers in the association of devotees.
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HOW TO REGISTER

To serve you better, we require that every attendee registers by contacting us at usacanadabhaktiretreat@gmail.com
We have onsite accommodation available very conveniently located right at the retreat center only
​By registering, you will receive 4 days of onsite accommodation, 12 meals of prasadam (sanctified food), access to all the classes, seminars, kirtans, skits and many other Krishna Conscious activities — all these at a subsidized fee
The fee is just to cover the cost of the accommodation and facility.
Though we highly recommend to attend all 4 days but if you cannot attend for all 4 days due to unavoidable circumstances, please let us know what days you can attend and we will work with you to make sure you are not left out
Due to 4th July long weekend, onsite accommodation availability is limited. Please respond at the earliest to confirm your reservation

WHAT TO EXPECT

4-days Bhakti Retreat (वैष्णव मेला) with ​​His Holiness Kratu das Ji Maharaj​ ​​​includes:
Enlightening Seminars & Workshops​ based on the teachings of Bhagvat Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam, ​Chaitanya Charitamrita, ​​Raganuga Bhakti​, Prem Bhakti Chandrika​ and other Vaishnav scriptures applicable to ​​​dev​otees of all ages (Adults and Kids​)​
Group Mahamantra Japa (Chanting​) followed by Morning Aarti and Prayers (Sri Sri Gurvastakam, Srila Prabhupada Pranati, Panca-Tattva Maha Mantra, Sri Nrsimha Prayers, Sri Tulasi Pranama and Kirtan, Sri Vaisnava Pranama, Ten Offenses in Chanting the Holy Names, Sri Siksastakam) each morning
Learn how to recite and memorize Bhagvat Gita & Shrimad Bhagvatam shlokas easily and naturally (daily sessions for adults and kids)
​Special Spiritual Sessions & Workshops for Kids​
Heart-touching Bhajans & Ecstatic Kirtans
Bhajan Sandhya each night
Kids Jugalbandi on Mridanga and Kartal beats
Spiritual Treasure Hunt
Krishna Movie (Family Time after Dinner Prasadam each night)
Sports for Kids (Swimming under supervision, Badminton, Soccer, Kickball, Cricket)
Krishna Conscious Games (Shloka/Bhajan/Krishna Antakshari, Quizzes, Dumb Charades etc.)
Spiritual Picnic with Sumptuous Vegetarian Food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Prasadam all days)
and ​a ​lot more..​.​
!!! Detailed day by day schedule will be available shortly !!!

LOCATION

Address of USA Canada Bhakti Retreat
“Shri Jalaram Dham”
222 Arsenal Rd, York, PA 17402 USA map

Very conveniently located in the heart of historic York city in southern Pennsylvania – just about 30 minutes from Lancaster airport, 35 minutes from Harrisburg airport, 45 minutes from Reading, 1.5 hours from Allentown airport, 1.25 hours from Baltimore airport, 2 hours from Philadelphia airport, 2 hours from Washington DC airport, 2.5 hours from Newark NJ airport, 3.25 hours from New York JFK airport

HIS HOLINESS KRATU DAS JI MAHARAJ:

His Holiness Kratu Das ji Maharaj was born in aristocratic Gujarati Gaudiya Vasihnava familiy and is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of International Society of Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON). His permanent abode is in “Shri Vrindavan Dham” while He visits various places all over the world throughout the year for constant preaching activities (Srimad Bhagvatam Katha, Chaitanya Charitramrita Katha, Bhagvat Gita seminars, Bhakti Retreats, Bhajan Sandhyas, Kirtan mela and many other devotional activities).

Maharaj is one of the present initiating spiritual masters of ISKCON. He has his disciples in India, Damodardesh, America, Canada, UK, Europe, Saudi Arabia and various other countries around the world. Following the most important instruction of His Guru, He made spreading the teachings of Lord Chaitanya, the prime aim of His life at an early age.

Please plan to attend this spiritual retreat to get Maharaj’s divine association, and get spiritually rejuvenated.

CONTACT US

If you have any question about this Bhakti Retreat or need more information, please do not hesitate to write to us at usacanadabhaktiretreat@gmail.com


Thank You !
We look forward to serve you in this unique Bhakti Retreat !

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

New Temple Opening in Aligarh

From Aligarh to ‘Hari’garh!

From West Virginia to New Vrindavan; Lord Krishna has spread His causeless mercy through Srila Prabhupada in every part of His creation. Now, it was time for Aligarh to become Harigarh.

Lord Sri Hari sent His representative, HH Kratu Das ji Das Ji Maharaj to carry out this most auspicious task and materialize or better so spiritualise the words of Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupada who prophesied the existence of Krishna’s temple with the echoes of Harinaam in every town and village of the world.

Dayalu-Shyam also decided to make another elevated soul a part of these divine arrangements by making him the medium through which ISKCON got the land for the construction of its temple. This divine personality is, Dr. Varshney who had a deep desire just like Srila Prabhupada to make this temple a centre of Vedic education, especially Bhagwad-Gita, for all, hence giving the temple its name ‘Gita Gyan Mandir’.

After the Bhumi Pujan on 13th November, 2015 in the presence of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, HH Navyogendra Swami Maharaj and HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj Himself, the temple saw its opening in its first phase on 30th November, 2017. The preparations for this day had begun almost a year ago when HH Kratu Das ji Maharaj had fixed the date for this divine occasion to take place on the most auspicious day of Mokshda Ekadashi, Sri Gita Jayanti. As planned by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj and His disciples, the day witnessed an attendance of almost 10, 000 devotees from Aligarh, Delhi and Vrindavan. A Gita yajna set up in 13 Yajna sthalis was performed with the recitation of all shlokas of Sri Bhagwad Gita by Gurukul students from ISKCON Vrindavan. The most awaited installation of the deity of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada followed by Sri Krishna and Arjuna in their one- of- a- kind rare darshan took place in the temple hall. There was a 12 hour kirtan performed by HH Kratu Das ji Das ji Maharaj’s disciples and many other visiting devotees in the temple hall.  A Bhagwad Gita katha by Maharaj’s disciples on the entire Bhagwad Gita was steady in the lawns followed by some beautiful cultural performances by Maharaj’s youth club, IYF C2C.

This day became more glorious with the presence of two more disciples of Srila Prabhupada- HH Deena Bandhu prabhu and HG Dadhi Bhaksha prabhu . Some other great personalities like HH Bhaktianugraha Janardana Swami Maharaj from Vrindavan, HG Mohan Rupa prabhu- President of ISKCON New Delhi, HG Krishna Bhakta prabhu- President of ISKCON Noida also graced this event.

Continuous ekadashi prasadam was served the entire day to all the devotees visiting the temple.  __ commented “The programme was very well organized and managed”. Another devotee from Peru who was attending the programme also added that the arrangements were fulfilling and the prasadam was delicious. He also commented that he has never had such beautiful darshan of Krishna Arjuna.

It was a joyous day for HG Rasraj prabhu, the president of ISKCON Aligarh who had been working very hard for years to make this event a grand success.

 

 

Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Only with the mercy of Srila Vyasa Dev are we able to get an access to the most treasured scriptures. These scriptures are not only precious but a backbone of all our knowledge philosophy.
However, it is only when Srila Prabhupada and Our Spiritual Masters become merciful upon us and guide us to bring these scriptures into our life, that we are able to lead a blissful life according to the instructions of the Supreme Lord himself.
To Thank Our Spiritual Master, HH Kratu Maharaj who has imparted the injunctions of thes scriptures to us, we celebrate His Vyas Puja Mahotsav every year with great pleasure and delight.
This year it was celebrated in the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani in Sri Vrindavan dham.
The two day festivity comprised of endless glorification of Srila Gurudev by His divine Godbrothers and many of His disciples and followers. Many hearts melted to realise their good fortune they have after hearing these glorifications.
A grand cultural performance was put up by Maharaj’s young disciples and followers, members of IYF C2C which consisted of His favorite pastimes in the form of dance and drama.
The Charan Abhishek and guru arati made many eyes teary and brought an end to this auspicious event.
All glories to Srila Gurudev !

Radha Ashtami 2017

Radha Ashtami 2017

Just like metal cannot be kept separated from magnet as much as one tries, similarly once Krishna has descended on this Earth , it is hard to keep away Srimati Radharani. She is the magnetic force in herself and can’t stay away from the magnet nor can we call the magnet and the force different. Similarly, Radha and Krishna are one.

After janmashtami ghar ghar, gao gao, gali we were fortunate to celebrate the appearance of Srimati Radharani in the presence of HH Kratu Maharaj. It included some insightful discourses on the most mysterious Radha tattva and some beautiful dance drama to meditate upon the pastimes of Radhe Shyam. The evening came to a pause with some sumptuous Prasadam.

All glories to the hladini shakti!