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 93621
44139 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.

Sierra Lodge

43175 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9706
(559) 561-3681
Starting Rate:   $70


Western Holiday Lodge


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


Sequoia Motel in Three Rivers


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

Buckeye Tree Lodge


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
Starting Rate: $84 (559) 636-7600

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.

RV Rental companies in the surrounding areas of Fresno , Clovis and Visalia.

Visalia Area RV Rentals



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
3633 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).


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 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.

  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.


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 Braja
Our 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:

Govindrupini Didi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nilacala Didi:  (559) 288-1172,  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

For ride coordination from Visalia, Fresno and other areas, please contact Brajendranandana dasa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (a donation for gas will be appreciated for those getting picked up at the bus station).

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.

Early Registration Discount Fee:

Book before May 15th, 2010 and save!

CHILDREN:       $9.50 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)

Registration after May 15th, 2010:

CHILDREN:       $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 = $_______

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

Total amount=$ ______________

Name and Address

Name: _____________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

City: _______________________________________

Phone: (____) ___-_______

Country: ______________

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

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all soon.