The main even last week was Gaura Purnima – appearance day of Lord Caitanya. It was celebrated in every ISKCON center but the main place was, of course, Mayapur itself. Tens of thousands devotees visited Mayapur for this festival and, by the latest count, they came from 84 countries. It’s less than half of all the countries in the UN but Islamic world is still largely impenetrable due to their religious restrictions. Number of visitors also doesn’t sound like much, but that’s not counting Indians themselves. To get a feeling for the numbers consider this – according to Mayapur Tourism Board last year they registered more than 30 million visitors. Even as the main temple isn’t yet finished there’s already talk that it’s too small to accommodate everyone (15,000 people is expected to fit in the temple room there).

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