14th Annual New Braja Hari Katha Festival June 9th - 15th, 2010
Please join us for seven days of nectarean Hari Katha in the serene foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with our honored guest His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.
Accommodations in New Braja
Free on-site camping with outdoor bathrooms and warm showers, bring your own tent, sleeping mats and warm bedding (nights can be chilly)
Motels and Rental Properties in the surrounding areas.
The Snowline Lodge is located approx. 30 minutes from Badger and as of now has some availability. Please call for pricing.
Snowline Lodge, Dunlap CA 9362144139 E Kings Canyon Rd Dunlap, CA 93621 559-336-2300.Cyndissnowline.net Snowlinelodge.com
The Seven Circles Retreat Motel in Badger is currently booked. Please feel free to contact them at 559-337-0211 to be added to the waiting list, (it’s a pretty long list).
We are currently looking for other motels, vacation rentals and RV Camping with hook ups in the area and will post new opportunities as they come up.
The next closest motels are located in the cities of Three Rivers or Exeter, an approximate 40 MINUTE DRIVE from Badger.
Motels are also located in Visalia which is approx. 55 minutes from Badger. The lowest prices start at $55 per night at the Visalia Super 8 Motel.
40105 Sierra Dr. Hwy 198 Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-4119 Starting Rate: $ 71
805 S Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, California 93221-9361Starting Rate $79 Phone: 559/592-8118http://www.bwexeterinn.com/
43000 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-4453 Starting Rate: $82
Sequoia Village Inn
45971 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-3652 Starting Rate: $81
46000 Sierra Drive Three Rivers, CA 93271-9626 (559) 561-5900 Starting Rate: $81
Americas Best Value Lazy J Ranch Three Rivers
39625 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9734Starting Rate: $105 559-561-4449
Comfort Inn and Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon
40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271Starting Rate: $117 559) 561-9000
Super 8 Visalia
4801 West Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277 - (559) 627-2885Starting Rate: $55
Econo Lodge Sequoia Area
1400 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 -(559) 732-66417Starting Rate: $63
Comfort Inn And Suites Visalia
9300 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277 - (559) 651-3700Starting Rate: $75
Comfort Suites Visalia
210 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, CA 93291 – (559) -738 1700Starting Rate: $80
Visalia Marriott At The Convention Center
300 South Court, Visalia, CA 93291-6214 - (559) 636-7600Starting Rate: $81
Fairfield Inn Visalia
140 South Akers Street, Visalia, CA 93291Starting Rate: $84 (559) 636-7600
Holiday Inn Visalia-Hotel And Conf Center
9000 W Airport Dr, Visalia, CA 93277Starting Rate: $89 - (559) 651-5000
La Quinta Inn And Suites Visalia/Sequoia Gateway
5438 West Cypress Ave, Visalia, CA 93277Starting Rate: $94 - (559) 739-9800
Hampton Inn Visalia
4747 W. Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277Starting Rate: $95 - (559) 732-3900
If you plan to stay at a motel please arrange your own accommodation ASAP.
Some devotes like to rent RV’s for the week. There is no extra power for RV’s on the Festival Site so please get the type that have battery power or find a suitable location with power hook ups.
RV Rental companies in the surrounding areas of Fresno , Clovis and Visalia.
Classic CharterPO Box 288 Visalia, CA
Cummings RV Rental2925 DaytonVisalia, CA(559) 331-0319
Cruise AmericaClovis / Fresno 1-800 671 8042
Clovis Truck Rental 707 Jefferson Avenue Clovis, California, 93612 (559) 299-9603
G Marty Enterprises-342 West Goshen AvenueClovis, CA - (559) 593-5401
Golden State RV Rentals-1780 West Sierra AvenueFresno, CA - (559) 907-0307
Paul Evert's RV Countrywww.rvcountry.com3633 South Maple Avenue Fresno, CA 93725-2482 (559) 486-1000
Weather: Badger is about 3000 feet elevation above sea level. We are having an extended spring season and the weather can change from being really warm to being really cold in a day's time. Please bring clothing and sleeping gear (if camping) for 45F, (7C) degrees lows at night. If it warms up, highs can be from 85F to 95F, (30C-35C).
DIRECTIONS TO FESTIVAL SITE
Through Visalia, CA from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Southern California
Note in steps 1 and 2 above, if you just add final destination without Prince Mart address, you will be taken on a wild goose chase. We cannot vouch for other maps services such as Yahoo, MapQuest, etc or GPS live instructions. The above route is the straightest but still has a fair amount of curves.
A summary of the above instructions: from Hwy 99 at Visalia exit, Take Hwy 198 EAST through Lemon Cove. Just after passing through Lemon Cove, turn left immediately past the Prince Mart Gas Station/store (on left) onto Hwy 216. Approximately a half mile up, cross the Kaweah River Bridge and take an immediate right onto Dry Creek Drive. Proceed for approx. 16 miles, then you will reach a fork, bear to the right onto Stagecoach Road. Continue 2 miles and then turn left onto Eshom Valley Drive to 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, about 6/10 of a mile down from Stagecoach Road on the right hand side of the road. Please watch for signs to help you enter the Festival Site. The Festival site is at Srila Gurudev’s New Braja Center.
Driving time is approximately four hours (260 miles) from LA airport and about five hours (320 miles) from the San Francisco airport.
Through Fresno, CA from San Francisco Bay Area or Northern California
The above set of directions through Visalia, CA is the straightest way. If you are coming from the north and don't mind a few more curves, you can go through Fresno, CA and save mileage, petro, and time.
We cannot guarantee other map services or GPS instructions.Maps
Govardhana Puja Festival
Each year Srila Gurudeva personally oversees the worship of Sri Govardhana Hill. This year the Annakuta Maha Mahotsava Sri Giriraj Govardhana Festival will take place on Saturday June 12th, 2010 (changed from the 13th).This ecstatic festival is held in the same way as the Annakuta Maha Mohatsava Festival during Braja Mandala Parikrama. Last Festival over 900 preparations were offered to Girira Govardhana and this year there is enthusiasm to make 1000 different preparations!
The festival kitchens will be dedicated to cooking for the 500+ devotees and guests that will be attending and cannot spare any ingredients.
All devotees and guests are requested to please bring their own ingredients for preparing their offerings for Govardhana. Some ideas of things to bring are dried fruits, nuts, candy, ready-made pie crusts, coconut, condensed milk, sugar, flour, and spices. Cake, muffin, and cookie mixes are also great. Perishable ingredients such as milk, butter, fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at the Badger Store (five minutes from festival site) or in Woodlake, Exeter, Three Rivers and Visalia (35 to 55 minute drive). It is wonderful for everyone to participate in this Annakuta Mahotsava and as always there are cooking facilities available in devotee’s homes. Those without transportation can give a list of ingredients to the local devotees who will go to Visalia on Friday morning, but space is limited. Planning in advance what you would like to offer to Govardhana and bringing some things with you will save yourself and the organizers time, and help the festival run smoothly. Some ingredients will be available on Saturday at a table set up by the book booth and registration area.
Sponsor a Feast Preparation
Any devotees who would like to sponsor a preparation for the Annakuta feast please contact Nilacala didi.
The average cost per preparation is $150 - $200. You may sponsor one of the regular preps such as halava, puris, or sweetrice, etc., or speak to Nilacala didi about a special request.
Move to New BrajaOur resident Dr. Bruce is selling his property two doors down from the temple 9 acre fenced property, very private, bordering a very large ranch, 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom mobile home approx 1,100 sq ft, in good condition with mountain views. For more info, follow this link.
Contact Information This year Govindarupini Didi will be handling our correspondence and forwarding emails to the appropriate persons, if necessary. Please send your inquiries to:
Nilacala Didi: (559) 288-1172,
Nanda Gopal dasa: (559) 337-2448 ,
New Braja Center (559) 337-2403
For ride coordination from Visalia, Fresno and other areas, please contact Brajendranandana dasa:
Please remember that this is a devotional gathering.
Parents will need to have children supervised at all times.
(Srila Gurudeva departs on the morning of June 16th).Registration Fee includes 3 meals per day and free camping.
Book before May 15th, 2010 and save!
FEES: ADULTS: $12.50 PER DAYCHILDREN: $9.50 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)
FEES: ADULTS: $16.00 PER DAYCHILDREN: $13.00 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)
Registration Form Instructions
1. Please complete the appropriate registration section below.
2. Fill in your name and address, and tell us whether you will be camping on-site.
3. Mail the registration form with payment of Money Order or Cashiers Check to the address at the bottom of this page.
PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT SECTION (before May 15th, the entire festival is 7 days)
Pre-Register by May 15th, 2010 and receive the following discount, please enclose:
Number of Adults __ x $12.50 x __number of days = $_______
Number of CHILDREN(10 and under) __ x $9.50 x ___number of days = $_______
Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______
Total amount=$ ______________
REGISTRATION SECTION - after May 15th, (the entire festival is 7 days)
If you register after May15th, 2010 please enclose your fees based on the regular rates.
Number of Adults __ x $16.00 x __number of days = $_______
Number of CHILDREN (10 and under) __ x $13.00 x ___number of days = $_______
Name and Address
Phone: (____) ___-_______
Camping: [ ] Please check the box if you would like to camp on-site (please bring your own tent and bedding)
Payment Information and Mailing Address:
* Please fill out appropriate sections in form above and send cashiers check or money order to: Mount Kailasa Foundation c/o Nanda Gopal Dasa P.O. Box 99 Badger, California 93603 USA
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all soon.