Nagar means street, and Sankirtan means congregational chanting. Srila Prabhupada considered public chanting to be the heart and soul of the Hare Krishna movement.
“Regarding your questions about Sankirtana Party, I think you should try to always have Sankirtana going on. All other things are subsidiary. This chanting is our life and soul, so we must arrange our program now so that there will be as much chanting on the streets and at college engagements as possible.” (Letter to Satsvarupa dasa / May 14, 1969)
Lord Caitanya inaugurated Nagar Sankirtan when Chand Kazi was oppressing the movement. Despite threats of imprisonment, tourture and death, Lord Caitanya performed Nagar Sankirtan with thousands of devotees.
In our global culture today, Nagar Sankirtan faces a variety of opportunities, especially with the prominence of the mood of concern about COVID-19. Devotees around the world continue to perform Nagar Sankirtan to the best of their capacity. ISKCON Kirtan Ministry encourages caution and compliance with the laws of local governments.