With Sri Swamiji’s and Bhagavan’s grace, 2018 was an eventful year full of significant milestones for Global Organization for Divinity in USA and Canada.
Two more Namadwaars were inaugurated open – at Dallas in March on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Jayanti day and Seattle in November on Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s Jayanti day – taking the total number of Namadwaars in the USA to five (including Houston, Virginia and Atlanta).
Sacred marble deities of Sri Premika Varadan and Sri Madhuri Sakhi, the first in the USA, were also consecrated at Atlanta Namadwaar in March 2018.
G.O.D. acquired a 109-acre property at Ruther Glen, Virginia, near Richmond, in October. There are plans to eventually develop this into a Krishna theme park, with Sri Swamiji’s grace.
On Vijayadasami day, the old prayer house hall at Houston Namadwaar was demolished to make way for the construction of a new, larger temple building at the same location.
Mahamantra satsangs were conducted for the first time in several new states and cities – Mississipi, Alabama, Tennesee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Charlotte-NC, Tampa-FL.
Apart from this, 2018 saw visits by both Sri Poornimaji as well as Sri Ramanujamji, senior disciples of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji.
Sri Poornimaji spent an extended time of almost seven months in the USA from Sep 2017 to Mar 2018 and conducted satsangs in over 25 cities in 10 states, spreading the greatness of the Divine Name and of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Sri Ramanujamji visited the US between Feb and Apr 2018, when he conducted several satsangs, corporate workshops and other programs around the country, sharing everywhere his Master’s message of universal love.
Guru Poornima, Sri Rama Navami, Janmashtami, Radhashtami, Navaratri, Deepavali, Sri Swamiji’s Jayanthi and Gopa Kuteeram Annual Days were all celebrated grandly in several cities around the USA – Boston, New Jersey, Virginia, Raleigh, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Bay Area California, Seattle, Toronto and Edmonton.
Other special programs conducted through the year included Global Nama Relay across the US and the World, Ode to Harmony Multi-Cultural Festival in Houston, Puranava quizzes and Samskruti competitions in Houston and Dallas, Madhurageetham music competitions, concerts and aradhana in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Raleigh, and Jagannath Rath Yatras in Atlanta, Virginia, Toronto, Orlando and Jacksonville.