22nd Annual New Braj Harikatha Festival Monday, June 12th – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

22nd Annual New Braj Harikatha Festival       

Monday, June 12th – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

It’s with great joy and excitement that we announce New Braj’s 22nd Harikatha Festival! It’s our humble hope that you’ll make space in your summer for another fantastic week of heart-melting bhajans, rocking kirtans, captivating harikatha and the ecstatic delight of our year: Sri Govardhan Puja, not forgetting the dramas and feasting of course, in what promises to be another beautiful and enriching family reunion.

Celebrating 22 years since Srila Gurudeva’s arrival in the West, it’s with a deep gratitude that we come together to remember, honor and share the mercy that Srila Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada and our magnificent guru-varga have showered upon all of us. The wealth of Srila Gurudeva’s harikatha, presence and love is unfathomable, and by his compassion he left his children with New Braj: a small, sweet, memory-laden mountain temple and the service of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. But the fulfillment of this place lies in your arrival, in our service to the Vaisnavas, to our greater community, and in supporting the opportunity for us all to nurture the seeds Srila Gurudeva planted in our hearts.

Below is information regarding the festival details and line-up, with a few changes and additions, such as the Questions and Answers booth for our new devotees and guests, as well as classes for children. More information regarding the full program will follow in the lead up to the festival.

With love, affection and the desire to please Srila Gurudeva, we invite you all to return to New Braj to nourish, inspire, kindle the devotional fire, and share this very special week with us. We look forward to see all so soon!

Please see below schedule of events and daily programs for Pre-Registration information:

 Schedule of Events and Daily Programs

5.30am        Mangala Arati

6.00am       Morning walk (in the same location as Srila Gurudeva’s morning walk)
7.00am        Bhajanas
7.30am        Morning class
8.30am        Breakfast Prasadam
11.00am      Mid morning class
1.00pm       Mid day Arati
1.30pm       Lunch Prasadam
3.00pm       Afternoon classes
4.00pm       Bhajans
4.30pm       Srila Gurudeva Video, Evening Class, Music and Dramas
8.00pm       Evening Arati
8.30pm       Evening Prasadam


Preliminary Speaker Line-up (in alphabetical order)

Sripad Bhaktivedanta Ashram Maharaja Sripad Bhaktivedanta Avadhuta Maharaja,Sripad Bhaktivedanta Bhagavat Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Padmanabha Maharaja, Sripad Bhakivedanta Sajjan Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Srauti Maharaja, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vaikanas Maharaja

Sriman Brajanatha prabhu, Sriman Mahi Bharata prabhu, Sriman Puspadanta prabhu, Sriman Radha Kanta Prabhu, Sriman Tirthapada prabhu

Srimati Umarani didi, Srimati Vrnda didi,

Kirtaniyas Prelimary Line-up

Chiranjib prabhu, Puspadanta prabhu, Nrsingha prabhu, Radhanatha prabhu, Rasika dasi, Thakura prabhu, Jay Govinda prabhu, and many others.

Annakuta Maha Mahotasava – Govardhana Puja Festival

Twenty one years ago Srila Gurudeva inaugurated the worship of Sri Giriraja Govardhana in New Braj, flooding this land with his own Braj mood. It wouldn’t be a New Braj festival if we didn’t conjure memories of Srila Gurudeva pouring milk and honey onto our own Govardhana hill, and so this year our rather euphoric Annakuta festival will take place on Saturday 18th June.

Last year we all managed to cook up over 800 astounding preparations and as always, we love trying to beat our own record. If you’d like the opportunity to please the endlessly sweet Giriraja Govardhan, then we’d love for you to get involved! As there won’t be any spare ingredients on the festival site and the nearest markets are 45+mins away in Three Rivers, Visalia, Woodlake and Exeter, forward planning is advised. Your offering doesn’t need to complicated, dried fruits, nuts, etc are wonderful, but if you fancy cooking up a storm, please check in with Vrinda didi or Sravan prabhu for kitchen scheduling, and you can always speak to local residents about using their cooking facilities. Some ingredients will be on sale on Friday and Saturday by the registration area, and requesting ingredients from devotees heading to town is possible, but we highly recommend coming prepared.

If you wish to sponsor a large preparation for the Annakuta feast, or for any other meal, please contact Manjuvasini didi for more details at manjuvasinidasi@yahoo.com.

Devotional Performances

Our drama plays are currently in the works! If you wish to put on a drama play, dance or music performance, please contact Nanda Gopal prabhu at nandagopal119@gmail.com.

Contact Information

New Braj Seva Team: newbrajsevateam@gmail.com
Nanda Gopal prabhu: nandagopal119@gmail.com
New Braj Center (559) 337-2403
New Braj Website: www.newbraj.com
Facebook: New Braj


For SAFETY and health reasons as well as community serenity:

No pets allowed on the Festival site
Absolutely no drugs, alcohol or cigarettes are permitted
Only vegetarian foods are allowed at the Festival

Campfires are strictly prohibited
Please remember that this is a devotional family gathering
Parents need to supervise children at all times


Final Day Notice and Kids’ Camp

The New Braj Kids’ Camp will begin promptly after the festival programs end on Sunday evening June 18th. As such, we’re kindly asking all devotees not directly involved with the kids’ camp or take down procedure to leave the festival site after breakfast on Monday June 19th. For devotees with children aged 8-16 who would like their children to attend the week-long kids camp, please contact Malini dasi at bhaktikidscamp108@gmail.com


Registration fee includes 3 meals per day and camping.

Dates of the Festival are Monday June 12th thru Sunday June 18th. (Guests depart on Monday morning of June 19th after breakfast).

Early Registration Special:

Book before May 19th, 2017 and save!

ADULTS:       $21.00 PER DAY
CHILDREN:          $16.00 PER DAY (10 AND UNDER)
(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)

OPTIONAL: Early arrival: add $21 Adults or $16 Children per day to your fee.

Registration after May 19th, 2017:
ADULTS:     $24.00 PER DAY
(Children 4 yrs. and under: FREE)

OPTIONAL: Early arrival: add $25 Adults or $20 Children per day to your fee.

Early Arrival
Guests may arrive on Sunday, June 11th and set up their campsites and camp that day for a fee of $25 per adult and $20 per child. Lunch and evening prasadam will be served to registered guests on that day.

Registration Form Instructions:
1. Please complete the appropriate registration section below.
2. Fill in your name and address, and tell us whether you will be camping on-site.
3. Mail the registration form with your fee by Money Order, Cashier’s Check, or personal check to the address at the bottom of this page or use Pay Pal and email your registration forms.


Must be postmarked by May 19th, 2017. The entire festival is 7 days and 7 nights ***

(June 12th through June 18th, 2017)

*** Please add on additional per day fee if you are arriving in advance.

Pre-Registration due by May 19th, 2017:

Number of adults _____x $21.00 x ______ number of days = $_______

Number of children (10 and under) ___ x $16.00 = ___number of days = $_______

Early arrival per adult ___ x $21.00 = $_______

Early arrival per child ___ x $16.00 = $_______


Grand Total                                                      $_______

Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______

Name(s): _____________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

City: _______________________________________

Phone: (____) ___-_______

Email: ______________________________________

Country: ______________

Camping: [ ] Please check the box if you would like to camp on-site (please bring your own tent and bedding*) * it can be chilly at night so be sure to bring some warm clothing and bedding.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

REGISTRATION after May 22nd, 2016

Number of adults:                       ___ x $25.00 x ____ number of days = $_______

Number of children (10 and under) ___ x $20 = ___   number of days = $_______

Early arrival per Adult ____ x $25 = _____

Early arrival per Child ____ x $20 = _____

Grand total of fee =                         $_______

Number of children (4 and under) to attend: FREE______

Name(s): _____________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

City: _______________________________________

Phone: (____) ___-_______


Country: ______________

Camping: [ ] Please check the box if you would like to camp on-site (please bring your own tent and bedding*) * it can be chilly at night so be sure to bring some warm clothing and bedding.

Payment Information and Mailing Address

Please fill out appropriate sections in the form above along with the names of everyone in your party and send a cashier’s check or money order to:

New Braj
PO Box 155
Three Rivers. CA 93271

To use Pay Pal please send payments to newbrajsevateam@gmail.com

Please also send a copy of your registration forms by email to newbrajsevateam@gmail.com or letter with your payments.

 Transportation to the Festival Site
The best way is to connect with other devotees* through Facebook who own cars or who are renting vehicles and then carpool to the Festival site. We really appreciate your help with this for those who need assistance for ride coordination from Visalia, please contact: govindarupini@yahoo.com. (a fee of $20.00 per person for gas will be appreciated for the transportation) if any rides become available from the Fresno Airport a fee of $40 per person will be appreciated This is a very limited seva that we can provide and pickups will be coordinated with other arriving guests. There will be only one pickup per day and we will do our best to facilitate this. It is possible that you could have to wait or even spend the night in town if you arrive too late in the day.

Ride Sharing
*If you can help by offering rides from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Fresno or Visalia please post your schedule to our New Braj Facebook page.

Accommodations in New Braj
Free on-site camping with outdoor bathrooms and warm showers, bring your own tent, sleeping mats and warm bedding (nights can be chilly). Badger is about 3000 feet elevation above sea level. Weather can change from being really warm to being really cold in a day’s time. It can drop to 45F (7C) degrees at night. If it warms up, highs can be from 85F to 95F, (30C-35C).
Motels and rental properties in the surrounding areas

The Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger may have some availability. Please feel free to contact them at 559-337-0211 to book a room or be added to their waiting list.   http://sevencirclesretreat.org

Seven Circles Retreat Center

49496 Hwy 245 Badger CA 93603

Sequoia Resort, Badger (Special Rate during the festival week)

Website www.sequoiaresort.com
Contact: Rifka 559 967-1755, 650 238 8320

Email: rifka@sequoiaresort.com vacationrentals.amelia.com

Address: 50616 Hwy 245, Badger CA 93603

 VRBO – Vacation rentals in the area can be booked through VRBO (Vacation rentals by owner) @ www.vrbo.com and www.tripping.com


Rent unique accommodations from local hosts.


The Snowline Lodge is located approx. 30 minutes from Badger and as of now has some availability. Please call for pricing.
Snowline Lodge, Dunlap CA 93621
44139 E Kings Canyon Rd Dunlap, CA 93621 559-336-2300.
Cyndissnowline.net Snowlinelodge.com

Motels are also located in Three Rivers, Visalia, Exeter and are approx. 45 -60 minutes from Badger. Three Rivers is the closest to the festival site and by far the most scenic. Motel prices begin at $69. If you’re considering a motel, it might be possible to find a discount/coupon/promo offer online though Hotwire.com, Expedia.com or other similar booking agencies. Local motels like the Western Holiday Lodge in Three Rivers and Visalia Econo Lodge and Visalia Super 8 Motel are some of the most reasonable in the area. Asking for a weekly rate might secure a further discount at a motel. Early booking is highly advised as availability is limited and prices are subject to change. Search these rooms online and find more discounts. Good luck.

The rates listed below change regularly, so please call them to verify current pricing.

 Motels in Three Rivers
Western Holiday Lodge
40105 Sierra Dr. Hwy 198
Three Rivers, CA 93271

(559) 561-4119 Starting Rate: $ 69

Sierra Lodge
43175 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9706
(559) 561-3681
Starting Rate: $99

Best Western Exeter Inn & Suites
805 S Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, California 93221-9361
Starting Rate $119 Phone: 559/592-8118

Sequoia Motel in Three Rivers
43000 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 561-4453
Starting Rate: $105

Sequoia Village Inn
45971 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 561-3652
Starting Rate: $139

Buckeye Tree Lodge
46000 Sierra Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9626
(559) 561-5900
Starting Rate: $139

Americas Best Value Lazy J Ranch Three Rivers
39625 Sierra Dr Three Rivers, CA 93271-9734
Starting Rate: $105 (559-561-4449

Comfort Inn and Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon
40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Starting Rate: $117
(559) 561-9000
Motels in Visalia
Super 8 Visalia
4801 West Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277 – (559) 627-2885
Starting Rate: $70

Econo Lodge Sequoia Area
1400 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 -(559) 732-6641
Starting Rate: $65

Comfort Inn And Suites Visalia
9300 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277 – (559) 651-3700
Starting Rate: $75

Comfort Suites Visalia
210 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, CA 93291 – (559) -738 1700
Starting Rate: $80

Visalia Marriott At The Convention Center
300 South Court, Visalia, CA 93291-6214 – (559) 636-7600
Starting Rate: $81

Fairfield Inn Visalia
140 South Akers Street, Visalia, CA 93291
$109 to $119 per night
Starting Rate: $85 (group rate) (559) 636-7600
Contact: Assistant General Manager, Sabrina Catanho

Holiday Inn Visalia-Hotel And Conf Center
9000 W Airport Dr, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $89 – (559) 651-5000

La Quinta Inn And Suites Visalia/Sequoia Gateway
5438 West Cypress Ave, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $94 – (559) 739-9800

Hampton Inn Visalia
4747 W. Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93277
Starting Rate: $95 – (559) 732-3900

RV Rentals
Some guests like to rent RV’s for the week. There is no extra power for RV’s on the Festival Site so please get the type that have battery power or find a suitable location with power hook ups.

Sequoia Resort (Listed above) has RV Hook Ups available.

Visalia Area RV Rentals
Classic Charter
PO Box 288
Visalia, CA
(661) 861-9200

Cummings RV Rental
2925 Dayton
Visalia, CA
(559) 331-0319

Fresno Area RV Rentals
Cruise America
Clovis / Fresno 1-800 671 8042

Clovis Truck Rental
707 Jefferson Avenue
Clovis, California, 93612
(559) 299-9603

G Marty Enterprises-
342 West Goshen Avenue
Clovis, CA – (559) 593-5401
Golden State RV Rentals-
1780 West Sierra Avenue
Fresno, CA – (559) 907-0307

Paul Evert’s RV Country
3633 South Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725-2482
(559) 486-1000


Through Visalia, CA from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Southern California

Use Googlemaps.com for directions from LAX or SFO to Prince Mart (service station, petro pumps) turn off at “33423 Sierra Drive, Lemon Cove, CA 93244-1701″.
At this point click the add destination button to add a 3rd destination of final address: 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, Badger, CA 93603.
Note in steps 1 and 2 above, if you just add final destination without Prince Mart address, you will be taken on a wild goose chase. We cannot vouch for other maps services such as Yahoo, MapQuest, etc or GPS live instructions. The above route is the straightest but still has a fair amount of curves.

A summary of the above instructions: from Hwy 99 at Visalia exit, Take Hwy 198 EAST through Lemon Cove. Just after passing through Lemon Cove, turn left immediately past the Prince Mart Gas Station/store (on left) onto Hwy 216. Approximately a half-mile up, cross the Kaweah River Bridge and take an immediate right onto Dry Creek Drive. Proceed for approximately 16 miles, then you will reach a fork, bear to the right onto Stagecoach Road. Continue 2 miles and then turn left onto Eshom Valley Drive to 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, about 6/10 of a mile down from Stagecoach Road on the right hand side of the road. Please watch for signs to help you enter the Festival Site. The Festival site is at Srila Gurudeva’s New Braj Center.

Driving time is approximately four hours (260 miles) from LA airport and about five hours (320 miles) from the San Francisco airport.

Through Fresno, CA from San Francisco Bay Area or Northern California

The above set of directions through Visalia, CA is the straightest way. If you are coming from the north and don’t mind a few more curves, you can go through Fresno, CA and save mileage, gas, and time.

Use Googlemaps.com for directions from SFO, Bay Area, or Northern California address including Fresno Airport (FAT) to final destination: 51869 Eshom Valley Drive, Badger, CA 93603.
Once on Hogback Rd. or Eshom Valley Drive, ignore the “Turn to Stay on” instructions as they are just curves in the road. You might want to still make note of the mileage.
We cannot guarantee other map services or GPS instructions.

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