What is the Rishikesh Kirtan Fest?
The Rishikesh Kirtan Fest is a spiritual and cultural kirtan event being held in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh, from March 1st to March 17th. Organised by a multicultural, talented group of volunteers and sadhakas devoted to sharing their experience of self-transformation through the timeless culture and practices of Bhakti-yoga.
This event is an offering by His Holiness Indradyumna Swami to all the seekers and kirtan-lovers coming from all over the world to Rishikesh for spiritual inspiration.
About Indradyumna Swami
Indradyumna Swami is a spiritual teacher in the Bhakti Yoga tradition. He was born as Brian Tibbitts in 1949 in California. He received initiation in 1970 from the great Gaudiya Vaishnava Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Taking to heart the instruction from his Spiritual Master to “Preach boldly and have faith in the holy names”, he has circled the globe over 35 times expounding the glory of the holy names and preaching the message of pure, transcendental love of God.
For the last 50 years, he has been traveling the world spreading the peaceful teachings of Bhakti Yoga and organizing massive events that are attracting hundreds of thousands of people to authentic spiritual life. His annual “Festival of India” tour has traveled to ten countries spanning six continents, introducing the rich spiritual heritage of Bhakti Yoga. His “Krishna’s Village of Peace” is an integral part of the largest open-air event in Europe, Polish Woodstock, which is being attended by close to one million people each summer.
Indradyumna Swami also acts as a spiritual guide for hundreds of thousands of people in the world including his disciples, followers, and well-wishers. He spends the rest of his time traveling to various holy places in India and residing in the holy land of Vrindavan. His annual Kartika parikrama draws hundreds of devotees, who then visit different holy sites in Vraja, immersing themselves in kirtana and Krishna-katha. He is much loved by the various prominent saints of Vraja, such as Sri Pundrik Goswami, Sri Vinod Bihari Baba and others, as well as the residents of various places he visits.
We draw our inspiration and guidance from the life and teachings of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who first brought the culture of Bhakti to the Western world. He is widely regarded as the worlds pre-eminent exponent of the teachings and practices of Bhakti-yoga.