After a weekend of rest along the Italian coast, Srila Narayana Maharaja arrived on June 21st in Verbania, Italy, which is set below the Alps along a beautiful lake named Lago di Garda. The organizers of the festival had rented the entire Hotel Castagnola for the occasion. There, Srila Maharaja began the week-long 2004 European Summer Festival. Below, six hundred devotees from Europe and the rest of the world gather in kirtana to welcome him on his arrival.
The devotees gather around as Srila Maharaja walks from his car to the hall.
Devotees offer flowers, hugs, obesiences and greetings.
Accompanied by a kirtan party, Srila Maharaja enters the hall which was converted into a temple for the festival.
Greeting the Deities.