Wednesday Harinam

Our weekly Wednesday evening harinam party started in 1996 and has been going strong since. The party organisers locate the routes so that each year all towns, villages and streets of Mauritius will have had the opportunity to join in the jubilant chanting of Hare Krishna. On the Sunday evening prior to the harinam, a team of devotees goes to the village where the next harinam will be held to invite the inhabitants of the area to the event. They also collect donations for prasadam distribution during the harinam and a feast at the end of the procession.

By 7 p.m, the harinam starts. The harinam sankirtan party is accompanied by a colourful chariot carrying Sri Sri Gaura-Nataraj (deities of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda), Srila Prabhupada and Tulasi Devi. Upon hearing the mrdangas, kartals and bongo drums accompanying the chanting of Hare Krishna, the inhabitants rush out of their homes to greet the party of 150 to 300 devotees and well-wishers. Many dance along with the devotees or follow them.

Along the way, devotees distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books and about 200 packs of halvah prasadam. At 8.45 p.m, when the chanting and dancing comes to an end, a feast is served to the participants.

So next time you see the jubilant harinam party in your locality, don’t miss the chance to dive into the nectarean ocean of the holy name! Please stay until the end and join us for the feast.

If you would like more information on the Wednesday harinam, please phone Raghunath Das on 752 1491, or Vaman Dev Das on 949 0906, or Nitish on 793 4551, email: sridoyalnitai@gmail.com