09-02-88 09:17 ped Krishnas hold Labor Day festival MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ Hare Krishn

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09-02-88 09:17 ped Krishnas hold Labor Day festival MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (UPI) _ Hare Krishna devotees by the thousands were to make an annual pilgrimage to the sect's New Vrindaban community today to celebrate the Janmastami festival. Spokesman Gadadhar das said New Vrindaban leaders plan to unveil a 200-square foot model of a new City of God at the festival, which is held every Sept. 3 to celebrate the birthday of Janmastrami, Lord Krishna. Festival activities were begun today with a procession of devotees, guests and horse-drawn buggies led by Malini, the New Vrindaban elephant. The procession will end at the rear of Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, site of the festival's main stage where the City of God model will be unveiled. Gadadhar das said the public is invited to attend the festival, which also will feature a torchlight prayer march tonight to the community's lake. A fireworks display will be held. Festivities will be continued Sunday with a vegetarian feast held to celebrate the birthday of A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Krishna movement. More festivities are planned for Monday. "The prize-winning Palace Rose Gardens are in full bloom, and another attraction not to be missed," said Gadadhar das, noting that the American Rose Society recently awarded its top prize to the Krishna gardens.


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