On the 27th of February 2022, an awarding ceremony and the first Shiksha ceremony were held in Sri Krsna Mandir (the ISKCON temple of Nagarabhavi). H.G. Ravindra Nitai prabhu is a Bhakti-vriksha coach and the Center Head of yatra in ISKCON Nagarabhavi (Bangalore). The coordinators of Bhakti-vrikshas are the 2 maha-cakras of the yatra: H.G. Lokabandu Jagannath prabhu and H.G. Madana Mohan prabhu.
The Shiksha ceremony is meant for participants of the Bhakti-steps (slow milestones to assist one’s gradual spiritual progress) program, and this time a total of 89 devotees were nominated! Sraddhavan — 60, Krsna Sevak — 10, Krsna Sadak — 11, Krsna Upasak — 6, Srila Prabhupada Asraya — 2.
On behalf of CDM, they also granted 4 badges and 4 certificates to the Bhakti-vriksha coordinators for their exceptional achievements in spreading Krsna consciousness. The following devotees received these awards:
1) H.G. Antharanga Vallabhi Mataji (Servant Leader) — ‘Runs high-quality Bhakti-vriksha programs and expert in book distribution’.
2) Bhaktin Saraswathi (servant leader) — ‘Specialised in teaching and training new Bhakti-vriksha leaders’.
3) H.G. Govinda Gururaj Prabhu (Sector Servant) — ‘Used unique skills in bringing new people to Krsna consciousness’.
4) H.G. Amathamayi Subhadra Mataji (Sector Servant) — ‘Expert in imparting skills to new Bhakti-vriksha leaders’.
Let us congratulate all these devotees and wish the participants of Bhakti-steps continuous progress, and to the leaders — ever new achievements!