The Krisna-Balaram Mandir 24 Hour Kirtana Mandal was inaugurated and is sustained by the express will of ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It function is to generate a pure and spiritually surcharged atmosphere conducive to the advancement of pure devotional life. After the inception of the 24 hour kirtana in 1975, the kirtana-yajna continued in a somewhat disorganized way for some diminutive period.
In 1978, however, less than a year after the disappearance of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, 24 hour kirtana at the Krsna-Balaram Mandir was unfortunately ground to a halt. Re-inauguration commenced eight years later, during the Kartika eve on Vijaya Dasami 1986, by the determined efforts of His Grace Sriman Aindra prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, with the assistance and support of a few other soft-hearted devotees. Aindra prabhu, recognizing the common sense in organizing a core group of kirtana enthusiasts to ensure its continuance, reconstituted ISKCON Vrndavana’s 24 hour kirtana as a distinguished department of service. In the beginning, upon suggestion and sponsorship, hired singers and musicians formed part of the kirtana group.
Within the first six months however, Aindra prabhu, disgusted with the obvious escalation of material motivation amongst the kirtana party members, politely dismissed all the hired kirtaniyas, and since then till today, members of the Krsna-Balaram Mandir 24 Hour Kirtana Mandali receive no monetary remuneration. Pure sacrificial engagement intended to propagate a mood of cent percent selfless devotion to Krsna, is the 24 hour kirtana ethic. Golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana. Our only real goal is vraja-krsna-prema. We keep body and soul together simply to facilitate this aim. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the kali-yuga-dharma hari-nama-sankirtana at Sri Vrndavana Dhama, is cordially invited to cooperate with us and assist in this effort to please His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and all the acaryas in disciplic succession from Lord Gauranga.
Always chant HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE and be much happier. The official website of the 24 hours kirtan department is www.24hourkirtan.com