17th Annual New Braja Hari Katha Festival June 19th - 25th, 2012
By the causeless mercy of Srila Gurudeva arrangements have been made to once again host our annual Hari Katha Festival here in New Braj. Last years festival was a grand success with as many as 400 devotees attending each weekend day for Srila Gurudeva's Puspa Samadhi Installation and the Annakuta Maha-Mahamotsava Govardhana Puja Festival.
We would now like to invite all of you to attend and join us in New Braj in honouring His divine grace Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and all of our Rupanuga Guru Varga.
Srila Gurudeva said many times 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 that he mercifully established in the western world.
There will be daily arati and darshan of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all the beautiful Thakurjis of New Braj, as well as daily classes and Hari Katha, ecstatic kirtans, drama plays, seminars, Annakuta Maha Mahotsava (worship of Giriraj Govardhan), and much more, including of course delicious Maha Prasadam seva three times daily.
This 2012 festival will take place during the auspicious time period of Rathyatra in Jaganatha Puri (chariot festival of Lord Jagannath), Gundica marjana (cleaning of Gundica Temple), Sri Laksmi devi's victory: Hera Pancami celebration, and the very special disappearance days of Sri Gadadhara Pandita, Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Sri Sivananda Sena, and Sri Vakresvara Pandita. Please expect to hear wonderful Hari Katha on all of these topics.
Schedule of Events and Daily Programs:
Tuesday June19th thru Mon June 25th
Special Video Presentations, Music and Drama Performances daily before and after the Evening Classes.
Daily Morning Walks will be where Srila Gurudev daily took his morning walk.
Many of Srila Gurudeva's sannyasis and traveling preachers will be joining us to lead the Hari Katha and Bhajans including:
Sripad Bhakivedanta Madhava Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedana Padmanabha Maharaja, Srimati Uma Didi, Srimati Syamarani didi, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Bhagavat Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Damodar Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Avaduta Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Niskincana Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Visnu Maharaja, Sriman Brajanatha prabhu, Srimati Vrnda didi, Sriman Kishori Mohan prabhu and Srimati Sudevi didi.
Several more Preachers are yet to finalize their travel plans.
This year we are also fortunate to have the Kirtaniya Band joining us.
We will announce additional speakers, workshops, classes, performances and nagar sankirtan in future postings as we arrange them.
Please check this site or visit New Braj on Facebook or at www.newbraj.com for updates.
Annakuta Maha Mahotasava – Govardhana Puja Festival
Saturday Morning June 23rd
Every year Srila Gurudeva personally conducted the worship of Sri Giriraj Govardhana in New Braj. For this year's Annakuta Maha Mahotsava we will follow in Srila Gurudev's footsteps and do our best to please Sri Giriraj Govardhan. This ecstatic festival is held in the same way as the Annakuta Maha Mohatsava Festival during Braja Mandala Parikrama in India. During the 16th Annual New Braj Festival in 2011, 1,008 preparations were offered to Sri Giriraj Govardhana and this year there is enthusiasm to do even more!
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 in Woodlake, Exeter, Three Rivers or Visalia (35 to 55 minute drives from the festival site). It is wonderful for everyone to participate in this Annakuta Maha 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 shopping on Thursday morning. 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.
The average cost per preparation is $100. You may sponsor one of the regular preps such as halava, puris, or sweet-rice, etc., or speak to Manjuvasini didi about a special request.
Move to New BrajaContact us thru Facebook or our Website for informationCheck with local devotees for available rentals and real estate properties.
Music and Drama Performances
This year Govindarupini Didi will be handling our correspondence and forwarding emails to the appropriate persons, if necessary. Please send your inquiries to:
Additional Contact Information
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:
(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.
Dear devotees please plan to arrive beginning on the morning of Tuesday June 19th. We are not prepared to accommodate early arrival prior to the start of the Festival.
Registration Donation helps cover 3 meals per day and includes free camping.(Devotees depart on the morning of June 26th).
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.
If you are interested in Booth Space for distributing Devotional Items such as clothes, beads, books, art, etc. please contact
Book before May 31st, 2012 and save!
ADULTS: $15.00 PER DAYCHILDREN: $11.00 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)
Registration after May 31st, 2012:
ADULTS: $19.00 PER DAYCHILDREN: $15.00 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
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 SECTIONif registering by May 31st, 2012the entire festival is 7 days and 7 nights (June 19th thru June 25th)
Pre-Register by May 31st, 2011 and receive the following discount, please enclose:
Number of Adults ___ x $15.00 = ____number of days = $_______
Number of CHILDREN(10 and under) ___ x $11.00 = ___number of days = $_______
Grand Total = $_______
Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______
Name and Address
Phone: (____) ___-_______
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.
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REGISTRATION SECTION - after May 31st, (the entire festival is 7 days)
If you register after May 31st please fill out the form below to calculate appropriate donation:
Number of Adults ___ x $19.00 x ____number of days = $_______
Number of CHILDREN(10 and under) ___ x $15.00 = ___number of days = $_______
Donation Information and Mailing Address:
* Please fill out appropriate sections in the form above and send cashiers check or money order to:
New BrajPO Box 155Three Rivers. CA 93271USA
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Please also send a copy of your registration forms by email or letter with your donation.
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 has some availability. Call now to book a room.49496 Highway 245Badger, CA 93603Website: http://www.sevencirclesretreat.orgEmail:
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
Vacation rentals in the area can be booked thru VRBO (Vacation rentals by owner) at vrbo.com.
Badger Creek Vacation Rentals Still some availabilityContact: AmeliaWebsite http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/california/gold-country-high-sierra/sequoia-kings-canyon/badgerAlso Contact: Rick Preston,
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 MotelsSierra Lodgewww.sierra-lodge.com43175 Sierra DriveThree Rivers, CA 93271-9706(559) 561-3681Starting Rate: $70
Western Holiday Lodgewww.westernholidaylodge.com40105 Sierra Dr. Hwy 198Three Rivers, CA 93271(559) 561-4119 Starting Rate: $ 71Best Western Exeter Inn & Suites805 S Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, California 93221-9361Starting Rate $79 Phone: 559/592-8118www.bwexeterinn.com/
Sequoia Motel in Three Riverssequoiamotel.com43000 Sierra DriveThree Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-4453Starting Rate: $82Sequoia Village Innwww.sequoiavillageinn.com45971 Sierra DriveThree Rivers, CA 93271(559) 561-3652Starting Rate: $81
Buckeye Tree Lodgewww.buckeyetreelodge.com46000 Sierra DriveThree Rivers, CA 93271-9626(559) 561-5900Starting Rate: $81 Americas Best Value Lazy J Ranch Three Rivers39625 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9734Starting Rate: $105 559-561-4449
Comfort Inn and Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271Starting Rate: $117 559) 561-9000
Visalia MotelsSuper 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 Center300 South Court, Visalia, CA 93291-6214 - (559) 636-7600Starting Rate: $81
Fairfield Inn Visalia 140 South Akers Street, Visalia, CA 93291$109 to $119 per nightStarting Rate: $85 (group rate) (559) 636-7600Contact: Assistant Genral Manager, Sabrina Catanho
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.
RV RentalsSome 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 Rentalswww.rvrentalsofamerica.com/visalia-ca-rv-rental.aspx866.726.5669Classic CharterPO Box 288Visalia, CA(661) 861-9200
Cummings RV Rental2925 DaytonVisalia, CA(559) 331-0319
Fresno Area RV Rentals
Cruise AmericaClovis / Fresno 1-800 671 8042
Clovis Truck Rental 707 Jefferson AvenueClovis, California, 93612(559) 299-9603
G Marty Enterprises-342 West Goshen AvenueClovis, CA - (559) 593-5401Golden State RV Rentals-1780 West Sierra AvenueFresno, CA - (559) 907-0307
Paul Evert's RV Countrywww.rvcountry.com3633 South Maple AvenueFresno, 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
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.
We cannot guarantee other map services or GPS instructions.Maps