DIBRUGARH, April 4 � The city here is hosting the World Vedic Cultural Festival with spiritual resurgence and universal brotherhood as the theme for the three-day event.
Organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at its temple at West Chowkidinghee here, the festival has brought together foreign devotees from more than thirty countries.
ISKCON is a religious movement that also identifies itself as The Hare Krishna Movement. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava Sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic and Hindu cultural traditions.
The foreign devotees numbering about a hundred and fifty along with devotees from the host country participated in the opening sermons at Parkland Exotica near the temple today.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami of America and His Holiness Bhakti Dheera Damudar Swami of West Africa, both ISKCON gurus from the World Governing Body Commission are the key speakers for the event.
The three-day programme will host spiritual sermons, kirtan, Sat Sangh, drama by devotees from Russia, Rath Yatra, Ramayana play at District Library and visit to Parashuram Kund in Lohit district of Arunchal Pradesh.
Yadupati Shyam Das, manager of ISKCON here said the programme�s objective is to achieve universal brotherhood spiritually. �Harmony, peace, unity, understanding and other sacred virtues can be obtained only by spiritual cultivation,� he said.
Malaysia, Chile, Africa, America, Russia, UK, Brazil, Libya, Ecuador, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Argentina are some of the countries from where devotees have arrived for the festival.