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New Touch to Ancient Festival 

CHAKRA (New Delhi, India) - November 1, 2000: For the first time in 20 years, the annual Jagannatha Rathayatra festival organized by the New Delhi branch of ISKCON will not just pull out from the Red Fort square, as usual, but will also take off in the air. As devotees will honor the 5000-year-old tradition by pulling the cart with the Deities of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra by ropes, a hired helicopter will be showering the chanting and dancing crowds with rose petals from the sky.
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© CHAKRA 1-November-2000

Upcoming Rathayatra in Delhi
By Kratu Das, temple president

On behalf of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, I would like to cordially invite all of you to Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra festival on 1st November 2000. Many many sanyasis, gurus and GBCs and Temple Presidents will grace the Ratha Yatra. 
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© CHAKRA 22-October-2000

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Delhi articles on CHAKRA
Response from the GBC of New Delhi
By His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami

As a GBC man I have instructed the Delhi temple to follow the GBC laws. To the best of my knowledge they are, but it is quite possible that occasionally someone may forget to follow the law strictly. I have been very severe on this point with the devotees and if at all there ever is a lapse, it is not due to my fault, but due to the particular devotee forgetting the guideline.
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© CHAKRA 11-Oct-1999

The heart of the New Delhi controversy
By Bhaktavatsala dasa (New Zealand) 

Having read about the issue concerning the defiance of the New Delhi temple to comply to the GBC standards for dealings with ISKCON guru’s etc., I am convinced that the heart of the issue is one of respect. As the GBC is largely made up of ISKCON guru’s, is it surprising that they would be concerned with their own treatment? I raise this point only because these are questions, which naturally go through the mind of the average individual.
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© CHAKRA 9th-Oct-1999

New Delhi saga continues

CHAKRA (Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK) - As of October 4th, 1999 a photo of Gopal Krishna Maharaja was still on both the Gaura Nitai and Sita Rama altars at the ISKCON Radha Parthasarathi New Delhi temple, in direct contravention of ISKCON Law, despite claims by the head pujari that this is not done. What is going on there?
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© CHAKRA 7th-Oct-1999

Vraj Bhakti Vilas cries wolf
Delhi temple still not following
By Nimai Nitai das

To my utter shock even on last Friday (1st October 99) after Gaura Arotik around 7:50 pm, when there is no arati going on, but the pujaris were simply accepting offerings from visitors and returning them prasadam, I noticed on Sri Sri Sita Ram Lakshman Hanuman altar a photo of His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja on same level and of same size right of Srila Prabhupada. I don’t know the pujari’s name but he is a grihastha in his mid or late 30s.
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© CHAKRA 4th-Oct-1999

New Delhi head-pujari defends temple

CHAKRA (Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK) - October 1, 1999: The head pujari [priest] and coordinator of Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial celebrations in New Delhi denies that photos of Gopal Krishna Goswami are kept on the altar either during arati or at any other time. He was replying to allegations that ISKCON New Delhi was not following ISKCON law regarding the photos.

Despite the claims of Vraj Bhakti Vilas dasa, however, another CHAKRA informer has reported that a picture of Gopal Krsna Maharaja was sitting on the altar even though there was no arati going on as recently as last March.
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© CHAKRA 1st-Oct-1999

Follow the GBC and drop the Pada Titles
By Pancha Tattva dasa

The grand-disciples shouldn’t think that their initiating gurus are being knocked down a peg or two. Rather, they should recognize that reserving the ultra-honorific ‘pada’ title for His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is a fitting acknowledgment of his unique status as Founder Acharya and perpetual param siksha guru of ISKCON. 
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© CHAKRA 28-Sep-1999

Delhi temple defiant of GBC resolutions?

CHAKRA  - September 27, 1999: CHAKRA has received an angry complaint by Nimai Nitai dasa that the Delhi temple isn't following the GBC resolutions concerning how to address an ISKCON guru.
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© CHAKRA 27-Sep-1999