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Pada Kamala Boat
By Pritivardhana Das,
Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapura
"The boat party must continue preaching" — Srila Prabhupada, letter 7 December 1976
An Appeal for Financial Support to Revive the Nitai Pada Kamala Boat Preaching in Mayapura
In the 1970s the Nitai Pada Kamala made many trips out of Mayapura to villages along the Ganges bank. Some voyages went as far as the islands in the Bay of Bengal. On several occasions Srila Prabhupada personally traveled on the boat.
Over 15 years ago, the craft was stolen and the program abruptly came to a close. After a long court battle, the boat was finally recovered in a pitiable condition and has since been lying near the Ganges in disrepair.
Recently the Mayapur authorities requested the Bhaktivedanta Academy to take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the Nitai Pada Kamala boat. Despite the fact that repairs would require a great deal of fund collecting, the Academy staff wholeheartedly accepted this service after considering how dear the boat-preaching was to Srila Prabhupada.
The renovated Nitai Pada Kamala will remain under the care of the Academy to be used for preaching with the gurukula boys, especially during their summer breaks and during Gaudiya Vaisnava festivals held in different holy places of Bengal. Academy students are excited that the revival of this program would give them an opportunity to be engaged in direct preaching.
The repair work will be done in stages: First the hull will be fixed so that the boat is watertight before this year’s flood. The upper deck will be repaired during the month of Karttika once the boat is afloat. To ensure that she lasts for many more years of service, good quality sal and teakwood will be employed to restore the Nitai Pada Kamala to her original condition.
How Much Will It Cost?
Rs. 4 lakhs (US$ 8000) are required to make the Nitai Pada Kamala shipshape again. We are appealing to you for help. This is an opportunity to be involved in reviving an important project.
Pancatatva Seva Gift Plan
A gift plan has been designed to provide opportunities for donors to join with the Bhaktivedanta Academy in reviving Srila Prabhupada's dear Nitai Pada Kamala boat preaching program.
The Bhaktivedanta Academy considers the proper recognition of donors to this cause to be of the highest importance, even though many contributions are given in the spirit of sacrifice and without any concern for public acknowledgment. All donors will be listed in a special Honor Roll of Donors to be published at the culmination of the Nitai Pada Kamala appeal.
In addition, a program of permanent recognition has been designed. A Plaque of Honor will be placed in the cabin of the boat as a lasting tribute to donors who make a minimum contribution of $1000 toward the Nitai Pada Kamala Appeal. In a spirit of confidentiality, no specific amounts will be listed, but each such donor will be presented with a miniature boat, hand-carved from the original wood of the boat on which Srila Prabhupada stepped.
The Mayapura Foundation
Donations from within the US can be made to the Mayapura Foundation by cash, check, MasterCard, bank transfer or debit, through it's secretary: Kalakantha.firstname.lastname@example.org, in Alachua, Florida.
Donations from within India can be made to ISKCON by check or draft and sent mailed to:
The Bhaktivedanta Academy
A cover letter addressed to Sankarshan Nitai Das, Treasury Dept. ISKCON Mayapur, should accompany the donation along with details of the enclosed check or draft and information that the donation is for the Bhaktivedanta Academy's Nitai Pada Kamala boat repair appeal. Please ensure that the check/draft is to be cleared in Kolkata.
For more details or pictures of the Nitai Pada Kamala please contact: Bhaktivedanta Academy@pamho.net
"So continue this boat program. I do not know about motor launch or not, but you should consult and do the needful. I simply want to see that the preaching goes on. That's all." —Srila Prabhupada, letter to Gargamuni, 7 June 1976
© CHAKRA 10 October 2002
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