Way back in 1976 the devotees in New York were determined to build three huge Ratha Yatra carts and hold the respective festival in the most important city of the world.
The challenge was to find a place in Manhattan where the carts could be built and then transferred to the festival route. Open real estate in Manhattan is a very rare thing indeed. Tosan Krsna took it upon himself to find such a place that would work. The docks where the logical choice and in fact probably the only place that would work. Without reservation he approached the then owners of the area with a proposal to let the devotees use the area to build the carts. Such to his dismay, he was told they were in the process of selling the property and it would be solely up to the new owner. That new owner was none other than Donald J. Trump. So Tosan’s proposal was passed on to this noted real estate mogul. Things seemed dim at that point.
However, much to Tosan’s surprise and prayers he was contacted and asked to come to the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan where the real estate transaction was to be concluded. There upon he was given the signed permission agreement. It was signed by non-other than Donald J. Trump with permission to use the dock yards to build the Ratha-Yatra carts for the most famous ISKCON festival. Trump could have easily rejected the proposal but, he did not. Why he did not, at this time, only he and Lord Krishna know. Perhaps we will find out some time in the future. All we can honestly due is thank Tosan Krsna for his determined effort and now President Trump for his generosity. Jaya Lord Jaganath.
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