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A three-day shrimad bhagawat purana recitation has begun at a 43 Moheke Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand at the initiation of Bhutanese community. The function runs through October 2 to October 10.

Hindu priests Yadhav Bhandari (of Christchurch), Bishnu Bhakta Adhikari (of Nelson) and Shastri Indira Bhandari (of Christchurch) had been entrusted with the religious discourses.

The program was inaugurated by Palmerston North Mayor Mr. Jono Naylor with a special function. On second day visit by Palmerston North Member of Parliament Mr. Iain Lees- Galloway.

According to Bhutanese Society of New Zealand (Palmerston North chapter), Bhajan Kirtan (religious hymns), pravachan (discources), and katha bachaan (recitation) are being conducted. Over 200 people including Bhutanese are participating the program.

Coinciding the puran, Bhutanese Society of New Zealand has drawn attention of the New Zealand government on the need for a Hindu temple in the area, Palmerston North, where the Hindu community is expanding gradually.

In his inaugural speech, mayor Naylor  said that the government of New Zealand would look into the matter and would come up with solution at the earliest possible.

Reported by Doma Kafle from New Zealand.


  1. Congratulation for the Bhutanese in New Zealand…..what a noble task of performing Puran…..please accept our heart felt appreciation. This is the best way to build community assets and strength by coming together in noble deeds like these….You have set a real good example for the community in other countries and other contexts. In some communities we have lack of Punditji’s presence which makes it hard. So in places where we have the religious leaders it is good to do it. I hope colleagues from Australia were able to join them…


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