This past weekend, New Vrindaban hosted hundreds of devotees for its 24-Plus Kirtan event. It was the first major festival held in over a year since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and devotees traveled from all over North America to be a part of it. Among them was a group of nine Vaishnavis from Krishna House in Gainesville, Florida. Most of them were new devotees who had joined during the pandemic and had never been to New Vrindaban, or for that matter, to any major ISKCON festival.
They flew in late Friday night and were warmly received by New Vrindaban devotees. “We were so hungry from traveling all day, and we were thinking that we would just have to wait for breakfast the next morning. Then, all of a sudden, three boxes of pizza manifested from the back of the car. We were over the moon,” said Ananya Bhakti dd. The pizzas had been home-baked with love by Anuradha dd, one of the festival organizers. Needless to say, they were heartily welcomed.