Guy, Foley among 10,000 plus that joined ISKCON’s Janmasthmi celebrations

By Prachi Panchal
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Matthew Guy, Cr Andrew Bond, Darpan Mittal and others at ISKCON

Libs promise 300 K funding towards temple renovations

On 2 and 3 September 2018, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple in Albert Park organised its 44th Janmasthmi celebrations in Melbourne. More than 10,000 devotees congregated over two days to celebrate the Birth of “Krishna” at Australia’s oldest Hindu Temple.

Victorian Minister and local state legislative representative Hon. Martin Foley, State Opposition Leader Hon. Matthew Guy, Cr Andrew Bond (Liberal for Albert Park), Dr Katie Allen (Liberal for Prahran), and others joined in the celebrations held in one of the most marginal seats, leading up to the Victorian election in November.

Roshni Sharma, Madhur Gupta, Mohit Garg and others enjoy the Prasadam

Glen Waverley Socialite Mrs Roshni Sharma was the MC for the formal proceedings at the Temple. The Temple President Shri Aniruddha Prabhu formally welcomed the dignitaries to the Temple, while the Temple Vice President Shri Sukhdev Prabhu delivered the vote of thanks. There were various cultural performances as well, during the two days of celebrations.

Mr Guy announced AUD 300,000 of funding for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) towards upgrade of the building facilities at their temple premises located in the marginal seat of Albert Park.

Minister Foley with Sukhdev Prabhu, Anirudha Das and Darpan at ISKCON

ISKCON volunteer and AIBC Member Mr Darpan Mittal welcomed the funding announcement and thanked Mr Guy; Liberal party members—Daya Shetty, Aravind Putta and Shilpa Hegde; and former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta for being special friends of ISKCON.

“As Victoria’s Multicultural Minister Mr Guy had announced half a million dollars of funding for ISKCON in 2014. And now he has announced another 300 K in funding as Victoria’s Opposition leader. That takes the total funding announcements from his side to AUD 800,000,” said Mr Mittal.

Dheepa Awtani with her daughter Deleena dressed up as baby Krishna

“It would be interesting to see whether the ALP would simply just match the announcement, or would go a step further and top it up,” added Mr Mittal, who is also hoping for bilateral support for this funding commitment to ISKCON, and also for the nomination of HH Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar as Victorian Business Ambassador.

Prominent members of the Victorian South Asian community such as Dr Subhash Sharma (Indian Sun Person of the Year 2018); Mrs Anchal Agarwal (AIFI); Mrs Reshma Singh (Aka Guru Vandana); Mr Rishi Dutta (Prudent Loans); Miss Sonal Sharma (AIBC); Mrs Niti Mittal (Tax on Taurus); Mrs Dheepa Awtani (AFL Ambassador—Richmond Tigers); Mr Mohit Garg (Fern Textiles); and Ms Sidra Jutt (Mrs Pakistan Australia) joined in to celebrate the birth of Krishna.

“Kudos to the ISKCON executive team and volunteers for not only smoothly managing such a massive crowd over two days, but also ensuring that everyone was served complimentary prasadam and food as well,” said Mr Gupta.

 

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