Religious procession held 
in the city for the first time

PROCESSION Members of the Hindu Cultural Association taking part in Portsmouth's first-ever Nagar Kirtan
PROCESSION Members of the Hindu Cultural Association taking part in Portsmouth's first-ever Nagar Kirtan
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The Portsmouth Hindu Cultural Association was joined by monks from the Gaudiya Mission in London for the city’s first-ever Nagar Kirtan.

More than 100 people took part in the traditional Hindu procession, walking through the streets of Portsmouth.

Starting at Clarence Pier, before walking towards Palmerston Road and proceeding round other parts of Southsea, before returning back to their starting location, the procession included a variety of different religious dances as groups of monks sung the famous Hare Krishna Maha Mantra chant.

This historical event was backed by Ports-
mouth City Council which gave the Hindu Cultural Association permission to lead the ceremony, catching the eye of many of Portsmouth’s residents.

President of the Hindu Cultural Assossiation, Mrinal Kanti Ghosh, organised the event.

He said: ‘The event was a huge success and we hope to do things like this more often in the city.

‘We hope to introduce the Nagar Kirtan on a yearly basis and spread the message 
of Hinduism in Portsmouth.’

Mr Ghosh was pleased at how receptive the people of Portsmouth were, and even saw members of the public joining in the Maha Mantra.

After the procession, the group gathered on Southsea Common for the Hindu religious meal of Prasad, which had been provided by the monks of the Gaudiya Mission.

‘This type of event happens all over the country, so it was special to have our first one in Portsmouth,’ added Mr Ghosh.

‘I would like to thank the council for providing us permission for the programme to take place and hence enabling the whole event to be a huge success.’

One member of the procession, Brijetly Bhooshann, from Portsmouth, said it was great to see so many people come together for this unique experience.

He said: ‘It was a breath of fresh air in Portsmouth as it hasn’t happened before and it was so much fun walking through Southsea and chanting Hare Krishna.’