On the 3 July 2004 the Johannesburg Satsang Mandal hosted a Children’s Fun Day. Inspired by Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj children from children’s shelters, as well as from neighbouring informal settlements were invited to the mandir.
In the morning, satsangis drove to the various homes to pick up the children ranging in age from three up to about fifteen. Approximately fifty children from various places around Johannesburg were brought to the mandir. Also present were about fifty balaks and balikas who normally attend the satsang assembly.
The day began with the children visiting the inside of the mandir. For most it was the first time that they had entered a mandir. They were a given a small and simple talk on the basics of Hinduism and then participated in performing arti. The older children enjoyed holding the divo plates while the younger children took pleasure in ringing the bell.
The children then had a late breakfast after which the fun events began. Jumping castles had been arranged as well as other fun games. Satsangi children mixed freely with the children from the shelters as they ventured from one game to another. Yuvaks had dressed in costume characters to entertain the children and this proved very popular. Lunch was later served and the children were then all treated to gifts. Throughout the day, the women devotees ensured that all the children were fed well.
A very tired group of children then were taken home late in the day. All present benefitted from the experience.