Srila Narayana Maharaja arriving in Hilo. Photo gallery.

Hilo, Hawaii - January 31, 2005

On the morning of January 31st, Srila Narayana Maharaja arrived in Hilo, Hawaii from the island of Oahu, where he had been writing for the past two months. At the Hilo airport he sat down on a bench, and spent a few minutes greeting the 40 devotees who had come to meet him upon his arrival. From the airport he went to the home of Narahari dasa and Bhavatarini dasi, where he will continue his writing until the festival begins in downtown Hilo, from February 4th - 10th. Srila Maharaja is presently working on "Sri Bhagavatarka-marichi-mala", a compilation of verses from Srimad-Bhagavatam as closen by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and arranged according to topic. On the morning of February 4th Srila Maharaja, will move to his temple in Hilo, which is run by Sripad Gopavrndapala dasa and his son Sravana dasa.

As well as writing and translating and replying letters, Srila Narayana Maharaja is giving darsana to devotees now and then. In this darsana on February 1st, he told Syamarani dasi, "There is an artist named Kanai in Vrndavana, who has been given an award by the President of India after he saw Kanai's paintings. If the President will see your pictures [referring especially to the large bas relief paintings done recently by a team of his artist-disciples at the new Govardhana temple], what will he do? I want you to make a book of all your pictures, and this should be given to the President of India."

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