A TWELVE-YEAR JOURNEY (Sept 2, 1984 to March 1996)

On September 2, 1984, devotees launched Padayatra at Dwaraka Dhama, India’s westernmost point. Since then it has been traveling all over the country, covering about 48,000 kilometers while distributing books and pamphlets in 10 languages. The Padayatra has successfully introduced or revived the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in thousands of villages throughout 19 of India’s 25 states.


A Celebration

It was His Holiness Jayapataka Swami who proposed the idea of doing Padayatra as a way of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the appearance Of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The ISKCON Governing Body voted for the proposal and promised its support. Tattva Darshan Prabhu, a Western disciple of Srila Prabhupada, especially took it to heart and began preparing fora fabulous march. Togeher with Sattvik, Havirdhana and Varnasrama Prabhus, he planned to retrace Sri Chaitanya’s footsteps and hold daily Krishna conscious festivals.

When everything was ready, His Holiness Lokanath Swami was selected to serve as the leader. After many months of preparation, the Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Sankirtana Padayatra was on its way.

The walk was scheduled to start in Dwaraka and end in Mayapur on the Lord’s birth anniversary-Ganra Purnima 1986-a route of 7,000 kilometers, to be covered in nineteen months. The padavatrissuccessfully walked the full distance, completing a trip that many thought impossible. Then, inspired by senior devotees. they decided to go for more. The Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Sankirtana Padayatra turned into Srila Prabhupada’s Sankirtana Padayatra, an ambitious program scheduled to 1ast another ten years and aimed at g1orifying  His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of his Centennial