ISKCON's temple in the city of Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana, celebrated ISKCON's incorporation as a week-long festival from 11th July to 17th July 2016.
Morning lectures at the temple included regular readings from Prabhupada Lilamrita, the biography of Srila Prabhupada, singing of bhajans written by Srila Prabhupada such as 'Markine Bhagavad-dharma', and audio lectures of Srila Prabhupada. Classes were also held on Srila Prabhupada's initial struggles, his prophetic journey to America, the foundation and expansion of ISKCON and the achievements of Srila Prabhupada.
On 17th July, many senior devotees at ISKCON Chandigarh made gratitude offerings to Srila Prabhupada. This was followed by the staging of a special play released by the 50th Anniversary Committee, called 'Swamiji at sea'.
"The 50th anniversary of ISKCON is one of the most important milestones for devotees around the world," said Nanda Maharaja Das, Co-President of ISKCON Chandigarh."We wanted to make sure that the actual day of Incorporation was celebrated by our congregation in a befitting manner. All of us are indebted to Srila Prabhupada for establishing ISKCON. The Incorporation Week celebrations at Chandigarh were organised to help devotees express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for the gifts he has given us."[ chandigarh ] [ punjab ]