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Prabhupadas Kochi Visit

In 1965, at the age of sixty-nine, Srila Prabhupada started his voyage abroad a cargo ship to United States of America to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. The mission was to establish the culture of Krishna Consciousness in the Western World.

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On Friday the 13th of August 1965, the Jaladuta set sail from Calcutta. The ship sailed to Colombo and reached on 17th August. The rest is from Srila Prabhupada diary.

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We starting for Cochin at 6 p.m. The ship started at 7 p.m., the pilot being late in reaching the ship. It ran for the whole night and next day up to 3/30 p.m. and reached the coast of Cochin. The ship is standing on the coast of Cochin without entering the dock.

FRIDAY 20 :

Today at (20/8/65) the captain arranged for a meeting on board the M/V Jaladuta on account of Janmastami day and I spoke for an hour on the philosophy and teachings of Lord Sri Krishna. All the officers attended the meeting and there was distribution of Prasadam. The matter was radiographed to Smt. Sumati Moraji in Bombay. The ship is stranded on the Arabian Sea about 4 miles away from the coast. We are in this position from 3/20 p.m. 20/8/65 to 9/30 a.m. on 22/8/65.

SUNDAY 22 :

At about 10 a.m. we are now in the dockyard of Cochin. The dock is peculiar because it is by nature full of small islands. Some of the islands are full with nice hutments formerly known as British Island. I saw my books from Bombay arrived in five cases and the agents loaded them on the ship at 4 p.m. on 22/8/65. The agent m/s Jairam & Sons kindly sent their car for my driving in the city. Out of the group of islands two big islands joined by an iron over-bridge are known as Cochin and Ernakulam. The iron over bridge was constructed by the Britishers very nicely along with railway lines. The railways line is extended up to the Port.

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There are many flourishing foreign firms and banks. It is (?) Sunday, the bazar was closed. I saw a peculiar kind of plantain available in this part of the country. The island known as Coachin is not an up to date city. The roads are like narrow lanes. The part of the city where the foreigners are residing are well situated. The buildings factories, etc. all big and(?) well maintained. The mohamedan quarters are separate from the Hindu quarters as usual in other Indian cities. The part known as Ernakulam is up to date. There is a nice park on the bank of the gulf and it is named Subhas Bose Park. It is good that Subhas Babu is popular in this part of the country. I saw the Kerala High Court and the public buildings, the High Court being situated in Ernakulam it appears that the city is capital of Kerala. This Official Bhadra 31 days 1887 Saka part of India resembles Bengal scenario and the city Ernakulum also Cochin appears to me like old Kalighat or Tollygunge area of Calcutta. The culture is Indian as usual.

Kochi Address

"Narayanam", PLRA 19
Ponoth Lane, Kaloor - 682017,
Kochi, Kerala, India.
PH : 8281705834

EXTN : Centre Tripunithura Address

"Saranya",
Opp.N.S.S. High School,West Nagar Lane
Thrippunithura, Kerala, India
PH : 9037183309, 9895541320

EXTN : Centre Muvattupuzha Address

"Poonjaprambil House",
Kavitha Road, Kacherithazham,
Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India.
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