New Braja Harikatha Festival, Badger, CA USA, June 8th-13th, 2011 - (updated)

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16th Annual New Braja Hari Katha Festival June 8th - 13th, 2011

Here in New Braj we have arranged to host a Hari Katha Festival around the same time that Srila Gurudeva would annually bless us with his sweet Hari Katha and physical presence.

We would now like to invite all of you to attend and join us in honoring His divine grace Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Gurudeva who many times said that the Hari Katha in New Braj was on such a high level that these Festivals would be talked about for a thousand years. He has given us so many things. So what a wonderful opportunity it will be to serve, remember and glorify Srila Gurudeva by gathering together in this special place he established in the western world.

There will be daily Arati and darshan of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the beautiful thakujis of New Braj, Daily Classes and Hari Katha, estacic Kirtans, Drama Plays, Seminars, Annakuta Maha Mahotsava, worship of Giriraj Govardhan, and much more, including of course delicious Maha Prasadam seva.

Schedule of Events and Daily Programs:

Tuesday June 8th thru Mon June 13th

• Mangala arati 5:30am
• Bhajans
• Morning Walk 6:30am
• Morning class 7:30am
• Breakfast Prasadam 8:30am
• Midday arati 1:00pm
• Lunch Prasadam 1:30pm
• Afternoon classes and workshops 3:30pm
• Bhajans and Evening Class 5:30pm
• Music and Dramas
• Evening Arati
• Evening Prasadam 8:30pm

Morming Walks where Srila Gurudev daily took his morning walk.

Morning, Afternoon and Evening Classes and Bhajans

Many of Srila Gurudeva's sannyasis and traveling preachers will be joining us to lead the Hari Katha and Bhajans including:

Sripad Bhakivedanta Tirtha Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Madhava Maharaja, Srimati Uma Didi, Srimati Syamarani didi, Sripad Bhakivedanta Damodar Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Niskincana Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Visnu Maharaja, Sriman Brajanatha prabhu, Sriman Madhuvrata prabhu, Srimati Vrnda didi, Sriman Kishori Mohan prabhu and Srimati Sudevi didi, Kirtaniyas Sriman Vijay prabhu and Sarasvati didi and several more yet to finalize their travel plans. We will announce additional speakers in future postings.

Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Prasad
Music and Drama Performances Daily before and after the Evening Classes, primary performances :Friday thru Monday

Special Events

Saturday Morning: June 11th
Puspa Samadhi Ceremony for Srila Gurudev

Sunday Morning June 12th
Annakuta Maha Mahotasava – Govardhana Puju

Monday June 13th:

Srila Ragunatha Das Gosvami "chipped rice" Festival (With Hari Katha for "Cida Dahi Mahotsava of Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami at Panihati" )

We will slot in workshops, extra classes, performances and nagar sankirtan as we arrange them. Watch this space for updates!

Please visit New Braj on Facebook and on our Website @ www.newbraj.com

Govardhana Puja Festival

Every year Srila Gurudeva personally conducted the worship of Sri Giriraj Govardhana. For this years Annakuta Maha Mahotsava we will follow in Srila Gurudev's footsteps and do our best to please Giriraj Govardhan. This will take place on Sunday June 12th, 2011.This ecstatic festival is held in the same way as the Annakuta Maha Mohatsava Festival during Braja Mandala Parikrama in India. During the last New Braj Festival 1008 preparations were offered to Girira Govardhana and this year there is enthusiasm to do no less!

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 Giriraj 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 Giriraj Govardhana and bringing some things with you will save yourself and the organizers time, and help the festival run smoothly. Some ingredients for offerings will be available on Friday and 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 Maha Mahotsava feast or any other meal please contact Manjuvasini didi. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 559 337 2448

The average cost per preparation is $100 - $200. You may sponsor one of the regular preps such as halava, puris, or sweetrice, etc., or speak to Manjuvasini didi about a special request.

Move to New Braja
Contact us thru Facebook or our Website for information

Check with local devotees for available rentals and real estate properties.

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:

Govindrupini Didi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
Nanda Gopal dasa:  (559) 337-2448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New Braja Center (559) 337-2403
New Braj Website:  www.newbraj.com
Facebook:             New Braj

Transportation to the Festival Site

The best way is to hook up with other devotees who own cars or who are renting vehicles and then carpool to the Festival site. We really appreciate your help with this For those who need assistance for ride coordination from Visalia, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (a donation of $20.00  per person for gas will be appreciated for the transportation) This is a very limited seva that we can provide and pickups will be coordinated with other arriving guests. There will be only one pickup per day and we will do our best to facilitate this. It is possible that you could have to wait or even spend the night in town if you arrive too late in the day.

Please remember that this is a devotional gathering.

Parents will need to have children supervised at all times.

For saftey and  health reasons, and community serenity, please no dogs allowed on festival site.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration Fee includes 3 meals per day and free camping.
(Devotees depart on the morning of June 14th).

To help us serve you better
If it’s not possible to Register prior to the Festival please R.S.V.P thru our New Braj Facebook page or the contact email addresses to help us better estimate the number of devotees that will be attending the programs.
Thank you. 

Booth Space
If you are interested in Booth Space for distributing Devotional Items such as Clothes, Beads, Books, Art, etc. please contact us for more information and availability.

Early Registration Discount Fee:

Book before May 21st, 2011 and save!

FEES: ADULTS: $13.50 PER DAY
CHILDREN: $10.50 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
                         $10.00 for one day - early arrival (Tues.June 7th)

(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)
Optional : arrive a day early

Registration after May 21st, 2010:

FEES: ADULTS: $17.00 PER DAY
CHILDREN:    $14.00 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
                            $10.00 for one day - early arrival (Tues.June 7th)

(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)
Optional : arrive a day early

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
if paid by May 21st, 2011

the entire festival is 6 days and 6 nights (June 8th thru June 13th)

Devotees may arrive on June 7th and set up their campsites and camp that day for a donation of $10 per person. Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Prasad will be served to Registered Guests on that day. For those pre-registering please add the $10 to your payment if you plan to arrive in advance on June 7th.

Pre-Register by May 21st, 2011 and receive the following discount, please enclose:

Number of Adults ___ x $13.50 = ____number of days = $_______

Number of CHILDREN(10 and under) ___ x $10.50 = ___number of days = $_______

Early arrival additional days per person____ x $10 =____ ( if applicable )

Grand Total = $_______

Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

REGISTRATION SECTION - after May 21st, (the entire festival is 6 days and one additional day at $10 per person if you plan to arrive on June 7th)

If you register after May 21st please fill out the form below to calculate your fees:

Number of Adults ___ x $17:00 x ____number of days = $_______

Number of CHILDREN(10 and under) ___ x $13.50 = ___number of days = $_______

Early arrival additional days per person____ x $10 =____ ( if applicable )

Grand Total = $_______

Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______

Name and Address

Name: _____________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

City: _______________________________________

Phone: (____) ___-_______

Email:______________________________________

Country: ______________

Camping: [ ] Please check the box if you would like to camp on-site (please bring your own tent and bedding* )* it can be chilly at night so be sure to bring some warm clothing and bedding.

Payment Information and Mailing Address:

* Please fill out appropriate sections in the form above and send cashiers check or money order to:

New Braj
PO Box 155
Three Rivers. CA 93271
USA

To use Pay Pal please send payments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also send a copy of your registration forms by email or letter with your payments.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Aspiring for service to Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas,

New Braj Seva Team

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 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).

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 93621
44139 E Kings Canyon Rd Dunlap, CA 93621 559-336-2300.
Cyndissnowline.net          Snowlinelodge.com

Vacation rentals in the area can be booked thru VRBO (Vacation rentals by owner) at vrbo.com.

Badger Creek Vacation Rentals
Still some availability
Contact: Amelia
Website http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/california/gold-country-high-sierra/sequoia-kings-canyon/badger
Also Contact: Rick Preston, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ph# 559-336-2406 

Motels  are also located in Three Rivers Visalia, Exeter and  are approx. 45 -60 minutes from Badger.
Three Rivers is closed and the most scenic.
The lowest prices start at $55 per night at the Visalia Super 8 Motel.

Three Rivers Motels
Sierra Lodge
www.sierra-lodge.com
43175 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9706
(559) 561-3681
Starting Rate:   $70

Western Holiday Lodge
www.westernholidaylodge.com
40105 Sierra Dr. Hwy 198
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 561-4119   Starting Rate:   $ 71

Best Western Exeter Inn & Suites
805 S Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, California 93221-9361
Starting Rate $79    Phone: 559/592-8118
www.bwexeterinn.com/

Sequoia Motel in Three Rivers
sequoiamotel.com
43000 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-4453
Starting Rate: $82

Sequoia Village Inn
www.sequoiavillageinn.com

45971 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 561-3652
Starting Rate: $81

Buckeye Tree Lodge
www.buckeyetreelodge.com
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 93271-9734
Starting Rate: $105        559-561-4449

Comfort Inn and Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon
40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Starting Rate: $117   559) 561-9000


Visalia Motels
Super 8 Visalia
4801 West Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277 - (559) 627-2885
Starting Rate:  $55

Econo Lodge Sequoia Area
1400 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277  -(559) 732-66417
Starting Rate: $63

Comfort Inn And Suites Visalia
9300 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277  - (559) 651-3700
Starting Rate: $75

Comfort Suites Visalia
210 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, CA 93291 – (559) -738 1700
Starting Rate: $80

Visalia Marriott At The Convention Center
300 South Court, Visalia, CA 93291-6214  - (559) 636-7600
Starting Rate: $81

Fairfield Inn Visalia
140 South Akers Street, Visalia, CA 93291
$109 to $119 per night
Starting Rate: $85 (group rate)  (559) 636-7600
Contact: Assistant Genral Manager, Sabrina Catanho

Holiday Inn Visalia-Hotel And Conf Center
9000 W Airport Dr, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $89 - (559) 651-5000

La Quinta Inn And Suites Visalia/Sequoia Gateway
5438 West Cypress Ave, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $94  - (559) 739-9800

Hampton Inn Visalia
4747 W. Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $95 - (559) 732-3900

If you plan to stay at a motel please arrange your own accommodation ASAP.

RV Rentals
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.

Visalia Area RV Rentals
www.rvrentalsofamerica.com/visalia-ca-rv-rental.aspx
866.726.5669
Classic Charter
PO Box 288
Visalia, CA
(661) 861-9200

Cummings RV Rental
2925 Dayton
Visalia, CA
(559) 331-0319

Fresno Area RV Rentals

Cruise America
Clovis / Fresno    1-800 671 8042

Clovis Truck Rental
707 Jefferson Avenue
Clovis, California, 93612
(559) 299-9603

G Marty Enterprises‎-
342 West Goshen Avenue
Clovis, CA‎ - (559) 593-5401‎
Golden State RV Rentals‎-
1780 West Sierra Avenue
Fresno, CA‎ - (559) 907-0307‎

Paul Evert's RV Country
www.rvcountry.com
3633 South Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725-2482
(559) 486-1000

Weather: Badger is about 3000 feet elevation above sea level.  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

  1. Use Googlemaps.com for directions from LAX or SFO  to Prince Mart (service station, petro pumps) turn off at "33423 Sierra Drive, Lemon Cove, CA 93244-1701".
  2. At this point  click the add destination button to add a 3rd destination of final address: 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, Badger, CA 93603.

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 Gurudeva'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.

  1. Use Googlemaps.com  for directions from SFO, Bay Area, or Northern California address including Fresno Airport (FAT) to final destination: 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, Badger, CA 93603.
  2. Once on Hogback Rd. or Eshom Valley Drive, ignore the "Turn to Stay on" instructions as they are just curves in the road. You might want to still make note of the mileage.

We cannot guarantee other map services or GPS instructions.

Maps

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